Loneliness drives an introvert to write a letter to the girl in the apartment across the hall. He is anxious. Reclusive. Desperate for a friend.
The apocalypse interrupts this attempt at human contact.
Now he watches out the window as the world gets cut to pieces by plague and riots. Buildings burn. Pedestrians vomit blood.
Soon the bodies line the streets. Rumors of zombies spread. And then the power goes out.
Getting to know someone could be harder than he thought, let alone surviving in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
He might even need to leave the apartment.
If you're Tim McBain and L.T Vargus you can.
Decker is a social recluse, hidden away in his apartment and focused on one thing: the girl across the hall. Oh, and possibly the end of the world, but that's just an afterthought. The only problem is, he's never spoken to his female neighbor and has no desire to leave his apartment. As he writes to his mystery girl from the leftover comforts of his apartment, he describes his experience with the world that is falling apart around him until he is eventually forced to leave and face what has become of reality.
What's interesting about reading this take on the post apocalyptic genre, is the connection the reader has with the protagonist. Written in the first person, readers are left with the mystery of what has happened outside Becker's secluded world, and the prospect is as much exciting as it is terrifying.
In an overcrowded market, the opening novel to The Scattered and the Dead series had me hooked from the very first page. Experiencing the end of the world from the eyes of a guy who just wants enough courage to step outside the front door is quite enticing. There's something normal about it, and it all comes down to how real Becker is. McBain and Vargus have, once again, nailed the thoughts and actions of this character, shifting his focus onto the finer details which only heightens the significance of what exactly is happening in the problematic outdoors.
McBain and Vargus have a knack for describing the scene for a reader in a way that both amazes you and disgusts you all at once, and this is one of many reasons why you will love this novel. Without writers of Mcbain and Vargus caliber, the world would indeed be a far worse place. Whatever it was that I did before reading their novels, was far more boring.
Just as promising as their previous series, The Scattered and the Dead is shaping up to be something just as original and equally addictive.