Thursday, September 3, 2009

Review Uprising by Chistopher Newman

Author Christopher Newman
Length- 268 pages
Imagine a world where the undead have been conquered and are now just another resource to be utilized. You go into your local DMV to renew your drivers' license. The clerk asks, What do you want marked for your Undead Clause? A No answer means upon your reanimation a specialized government team will capture and terminate you. A Yes response directs them to transport you instead to a factory where you are prepared for entrance into the Reanimated Working Class. Due to the Outbreak of 2015, the United States population has sunk dangerously low and the illegal immigrants are gone. There just aren't enough people to do all the jobs that are necessary.
The average American hardly notices them--the red masked members of a new lower caste who walk rich people's dogs, collect errant grocery carts, pick up litter, and shove snow or rake leaves. They go about their mundane tasks faceless and with clamped jaws, apparently harmless to the general public. RWCS are just another humdrum fact of the aftermath of Supernatual Act of 2018. But an RWC's existence isn't what most people think it is. How long can something so hungry - and angry-- be kept in check? With protest groups moving through the halls of Congress, these creatures have become a political hot topic. How far will these lobbyists go to see justice done and the dead interned into American soil? What would happen if they are finally freed to prove a point? They can only do what zombies do best...feed on human flesh.

Review: No this isn’t my usual fair, but if you follow this blog long enough you’ll learn that I’m a rather unusual person. Which means nothing isn’t fair game for me. I read or try just about anything.

So Uprising, if you’re a fan of the zombie horror genre then this book was written for you. This book has your class A zombie, slow moving, fairly dim witted, programmed to run on the basic need for food/ procreation concept and take out the brain = take out the zombie. Think Dawn of the Dead . Your classic zombie. Which I liked. So this takes place in the future, nope no flying cars nothing like that. But we have f-ed up the world enough that it’s screwed with human biology and when we die we become zombies. Interesting and not a totally out there concept. Due to a previous supernatural outbreak the worlds pretty messed up with the US being one of the few country to be back on it’s feet at this time. Ok I’ll buy that too. But why ruin a perfectly good zombie book by adding werewolves and vampires? Hmm.
Now what do we do with all these walking undead that can kill you with one bite? We make then commodities. Yup, sounds like something the government would do. So you can buy a dead guy to walk your dog, shovel snow, change your kitty litter, you know all those gross jobs. There are also groups against this, which add to the tension and forward the plot of the book.
What really intrigued me about this book was the closest thing you get to a main character is Chuck Olsen, a blue collar guy who manages to survive both Uprisings. And unlike you average zombie movie the good guy actually wins. Usually it’s the jack ass you want the zombies to use as a midnight snack. Another cool thing is Mr Newman actually gets into the zombies heads. Yeah he shows you the zombies point of view, which I found pretty freaking awesome.
Over all zombie fans pick up this bad boy for some fun reading.

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