Sunday, January 4, 2009

The Dead Walk Diaries: Night by Joe Young

The world changed forever in the course of one night, the first night of the zombie epidemic. A countless number of people were killed only to rise again as the walking dead. This collection of diaries are the first-hand accounts from people that witnessed what happened and describe in their own words what they experienced. Gathered from handwritten journals, reports, notes, audio and video recordings, the Dead Walk Diaries paints a vivid picture of the horror, atrocities, and chaos that occurred the first night the dead walked and attacked the living.
This is the first zombie book I’ve ever read—and it was definitely interesting. I loved Joe Young’s concept of using different methods of writing to portray a variety of very realistic characters’ events over the course of the night. Although each diary offers a unique perspective, describing each characters specific ordeal, the stories overlap and interlace to bring forth a cohesive reading experience. As a warning to readers, The Dead Night Diaries is full of blood and gore, as is expected in a zombie epic. It is not for the weak-stomached or faint-hearted. My only complaint is that the novel is very short, really just a tasting of the zombie genre. I would have enjoyed learning even more about the epidemic. I am not sure if this is to be a series, but I will be on the lookout for more by Joe Young.

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