Author – Ben Lyle Bedard
Genre – Horror, Apocalyptic
300 Amazon Pages
Rating 4 stars out of 5 Posted 8/18/17
No. 55 – 2017
My Impressions: simple, emotional, psychological suffering, death, hope.
Eric – age 16, escaping Athens, Ohio after the Vaca B epidemic, heading for the backwoods of Maine
Birdy – age 8
For those who shy away from anything supernatural, sci-fi, occult, I suggest you take a look at this apocalyptic plot. Zombies in these stories are only the catalyst to cause the interaction among the survivors of a world disaster. The remaining people are the heart of the story. If you can get past the thought of zombies, the important story is about relationships between the people Eric attaches himself to and the vicious gangs terrorizing the good guys.
This story is a coming of age tale of sixteen year old Eric. The world is overrun by zombies caused by the Vaca Beber, a white worm from Brazil that invades human bodies and destroys the brain. Eric is an immature, fat, nerd. After his mother dies from the worms’ effects, he starts a twelve hundred mile trek, on foot, across the country headed for Maine.
Eric is ill prepared for the arduous trip and must learn and mature as he goes. His adjustment to the growing attachments to new friends and then their loss is well written and draws sympathy to the young man.
I don’t normally read occult, sci-fi or horror stories, but find these apocalyptic tales interesting because of the relationships of the survivors.
The editing has a few word errors and in some instances the sentence structure needs work.
Character development is good for the main characters.
Details are sketchy.
The plot is interesting and fast paced
Writing Style – simple, sometimes repetitive, unorganized and out of order.
There are several continuity issues. Multiple times Eric had no gun then suddenly had one without explanation.
There is abundant cursing in the story.
I enjoyed The World Without Crows and recommend it.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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