Winter is here. The cold spreads over the land, shriveling and choking out all the plant life. Harsh. Unforgiving. The first winter without electricity will surely claim more human lives as well.
The isolation may do more damage than the cold, however. Too much time alone drives people to unthinkable acts.
In this case, it was the next installment of The Scattered and the Dead series, Book 1.5. For those who have followed the rest of the series, you will already know that this is the second of the 'in between' books - the second of a collection that exists within the world of the survivors - just one of the remarkable twists in this series. This time, we follow the lives of some recurring characters as well as some new characters that so wonderfully intertwine with the story we already know.
Is there a point where I have to step down from my reviewer's platform because of my intense love of anything these writer's throw at me? Or is it a perk of the job? I'm going to go with the latter, and it's simple why. As I've followed the work of McBain and Vargus over several books and two series, I've watched them grow. Blossom. Their unique style is paramount to their growing success, and it is no doubt the reason they will become household names in the future.
Their writing is fearless. Vivid. Brilliantly twisted. Every time I pick up their next offering I find that first paragraph that explains the world in such an altered way and remember why I can't get enough.
So what is so wonderful about these writers? I've read reviews comparing McBain and Vargus to King (another author in my top five), a compliment that cannot be topped, and it is nothing but the truth. Their ability to weave a dark tale laced with wonderfully intricate characters that effect you in so many different ways is faultless.
This particular installment begs the question: What are the affects of isolation? Who is going to survive? And perhaps, it's not who you expect. This series is about the characters within the setting of a zombie apocalypse, yet the investment you will find in the characters themselves will make the zombie apocalypse a side story; a background for what is really happening.
This series is noteworthy. The writers are exceptional. There's no better reason to pick up this book series and read it.