Harper Voyager. May 2015. 448p. ISBN 9780062315373. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062315380. HORROR
OrangeReviewStarBorn after the epidemic that created the zombie outbreak, 19-year-old Finn grew up in the walled city of New York, listening to his parents' stories of life before the apocalypse. Despite every precaution, the zombie infection can incubate for years and sometimes people still turn. One day Finn's mother does just that. Finn is then declared a "positive," tattooed and exiled from New York. He is forced to make his way in the lawless places beyond the city's walls, facing looters, government forces trying to round up positives, and the ruthless members of a growing death cult.
VERDICT Combining action and horror and featuring a sympathetic if naïve hero, this is a great addition to the zombie canon from Wellington (Chimera; Frostbite). Finn's journey has an epic scale that seems destined for movie screens. In this postapocalyptic world the horror arises mostly from the violent remnants of humanity.
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