Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Review: Feral - by James DeMonaco & B. K. Evenson

3 of 5 Stars     Review copy

Ever read a book with all the right ingredients, one that's well written, has characters you care about, tells a story with a beginning, a middle, and an end, yet leaves you feeling disappointed?

That's exactly how I feel about Feral, the new novel from the powerhouse team of James DeMonaco and B.K. Evenson. From the moment I saw the eye-catching cover, I was excited about this new take on a post-apocalyptic world.

There are certainly some positives to take away from my reading of this book. For one thing, it's not about zombies, although the antagonists do exhibit some zombie-like characteristics like their relentless pursuit of the survivors.

Another example is the detailed explanation of exactly what caused the breakdown of civilization.  I also liked that the fact that only men were affected by the genetic virus and women were left to rebuild society while fending off attacks from the Feral men, leading to some strong female characters.

To say Feral is fast-paced hardly does it justice, think Fast and Furious on speed.

When the virus attacks the results are devastatingly quick and require decisive action just to survive..

...it's enough to give me the strength to roll over onto my back and lift the Glock and fire.  And again, and again, and again.  Four shots in all. all but the first shot straight into the skull of the monster that used to be my father.
My biggest problem with Feral was its predictability.  Every bit as predictable as the last few seasons of The Walking Dead.  For most of the book, I knew exactly what would happen. That's not to say I didn't enjoy the read, just that I might have liked it more if there were a few surprises.

Feral is told from a number of points of view, mostly in the first person from the perspective of various characters and occasionally third person when the narrative dictates.  It can be a bit disconcerting, but it wasn't a huge distraction.

If you're looking for a safe, steady read Feral delivers.  Just don't expect any bombshells.

Feral is a Blumhouse Books original published by Random House LLC and is available in paperback, e-book, and audio formats.

From the authors' bios...

James DeMonaco is the writer/director of the Purge series of films.  The Purge (2013), The Purge: Anarchy (2014), and The Purge: Election Year (2016).

B. K. Evenson is an American academic and writer of both literary fiction and popular fiction, some of the latter being published under B.K. Evenson  His fiction, often described as literary minimalism but also drawing inspiration from horror, detective fiction, science fiction and continental philosophy, makes frequent use of dark humor and often features characters struggling with the limits and consequences of knowledge..

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