**This week's review will be delayed a few days, as I need a little more time to finish the book.
Said review should be up by Sunday, September 21, at the very latest.
Thanks for understanding!**
...The views faded to a shot of Earth's surface, by night, dated the day the Plague was announced. There were more as the plague progressed and the sparkling strands of light slowly began to turn off, portion by portion, Africa went before South America went before Asia went before North America went before Europe until the entire world was cloaked in preindustrial darkness...
...Then the shots zoomed down, pre-Plague satellite images of New York, Beijing, Moscow, Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, filled with people and life and laughter, the cities bright by day and night with a trillion incandescent and fluorescent and neon and LED lights proclaiming to the heavens that Here Was Man.
And then the same cities, in current satellite shots, with avenues choked with decaying vehicles, and raven-picked bodies, and naked infected roaming the streets...
...The music ended. All there was was a scrolling night shot of the dead world from a satellite. It seemed like the movie had ended, and Sophia almost got up, wondering why anyone would want to see this montage of horror. They'd all lived it.
Then there was the sound of a scratch of a match...Typing those snippets out made me tear up a little bit. Human Wave? You betcha -- and that's why, I think, this series has become such an overwhelming success. Unlike the writers of other well-known zombie apocalypse series, Ringo doesn't create a world that is irretrievably grim; instead, he supposes that competent and determined people might actually succeed in pulling mankind out of the abyss -- after, of course, a great deal of hard work, suffering, and personal sacrifice. Ringo also incorporates enough of his textbook humor to keep things leavened, and he succeeds in crafting a plot that keeps you hooked from cover to cover.