: Come Out Tonight
: Bonnie Rozanski
: Biting Duck Press
: August 3rd, 2015
Publisher Description:: Sherry Pollack is a brilliant scientist working for a high-pressure translational medical research lab, where she has helped bring to market a new sleep aid called Somnolux. All of that is destroyed when she is assaulted and left in a persistent vegetative state. Her loving boyfriend and the detective assigned to the case both struggle to find her assailant and to bring Sherry back.
Their research leads them to an array of unlikely suspects and to increasingly worrying discoveries about Somnolux. The surprise ending may make you wish you could never sleep again.
To start of this review I would like to compliment both the writing and the narrative, as they carry the story on in a brisk pace. The story is told in a split narrative between a detective Donna Sirken and Sherry’s boyfriend Henry.
Though the premise of the story is very intriguing and I was very excited to read this particular book it just didn’t do it for me. The story was a little predictable, and the characters just didn’t evoke enough emotion for me to pay attention to them. At certain points on the story the characters had emotional outbursts and internalization of thought, as to reveal certain character traits, but they weren’t done in a very masterful way and instead of enriching the story they made the story feel clipped.
The story is sold as a hard sci-fi, which is another one of the reasons I picked it up. Come Out Tonight is not a hard sci-fi, it lacks a lot on the technological side to qualify as such. It is more of a light Science Fiction thriller, and I think it even could have passed as just a normal Crime/Suspense Thriller.
The book could also have had a more interesting cover. Though I picked this book purely for its premise, I do believe that some people will put this book down purely based on its cover.
: Samie Sands
: Science Fiction, Zombies
: Triplicity Publishing
: March 2nd, 2015
Synopsis: The Lockdown has failed. The AM13 virus is spreading out of control and there doesn’t seem to be any way of stopping it. The Government announces its new plan—a sanctuary in an area completely untouched by the infected—as long as you can get there unscathed of course…
“Forgotten” quickly introduces a UK ravaged by a man-made-virus. Everyone who get infected turn into a zombie bent on infection others, or rather feast on the flesh of the living. In an attempt to contain the pandemic, authorities decided to evacuate the British Islands, but they acted just a little too late.
The book is centered around three characters, Ethan, Alyssa and the scientist Dr. Jones, and their struggle to cope with the end of the world. Each of them have their own personal demons hunting them.
Ethan suffers from germophobia or maybe even OCD, he struggles through his days in the city which is occupied by hordes of zombies. Alyssa had to depart with all her family, even murdering her 8-year-old sister when she turned. She find some solace in an abandoned church which served as home for a group of survivors. And last, the mysterious Dr. Jones and his search for a cure in isolation, unknowing what fate his family has met after the outbreak.
The story of survivors and the struggle against zombies is a familiar one. It has been handed over and over in books, movies and TV-shows. I’m not going to compare Samie Sands work to anything, and I would not say that it is the new “The Walking Dead.” What set Samie Sand’s work apart from other works is how close up and personal you get on the characters. Their struggle is very emotional, it is easy to see how they’re at loss of all hope, and the further the story get, the less likely it is that anything is ever going to get back to normal.
What I missed while reading “Forgotten” was more distinction between the narratives. The narrative was strong and consistent, but I would have liked more distinction between the various POVs. And when I got past the use of mirrors to reveal the characters’ appearance, it was quite an enjoyable read.