I’ve been having quite a bit of luck lately with my zombie/post-apocalyptic books. I’ve had Flu for a while now, so I thought, let’s keep the good times rolling.
With Flu, Wayne Simmons has given his readers a good old fashioned zombie book; it has the spirit of Dawn of the Dead with all of the feelings of 28 Days Later. I found myself going through a bit of internal turmoil as I read. I like to think that I’ve read a considerable number of books in this genre, so when I pick up a new one I want the author to give me something new, different and unique. Wayne Simmons went back to the basics with Flu, people got sick, they died, they came back, you shot them in the head and they died again. But the story was so damn good, I couldn’t put it down.
Wayne Simmons has proven himself to be a master of characters. He has created a diverse cast – rich/poor, criminal/law enforcement, innocent/guilty; there is no good/evil character (wait, there is an evil character). He has painted a vivid image of nearly every aspect of human nature and revealed how each would need to adapt in order to survive the end of the world as we know it. I was pulled into the characters’ lives, I cheered them on, I cursed their actions and some of them… I just wanted them to catch the fucking flu.
Flu is a fantastic addition to the zombie genre. It pays homage to the traditions, it is a dark story about survival, adaptation and sacrifice. It begs the question, what would you do to survive?
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