I picked this book up just about a month ago because I am a huge fan of the TV show.
This book follows the lives of Philip and Brian Blake, Philip’s daughter Penny, and their friends Nick and Bobby. Apparently these are characters from the popular Graphic Novel that started the whole Walking Dead phenomenon, but these characters have yet to appear in the TV show, which I am most familiar with. When I purchased the book, I was assuming that it was going to follow the storyline of the TV show, but I was wrong.
I have mixed feelings about this book. Overall, I thought the story itself was good, and it certainly keeps your attention, from page 1 all the way to the very last paragraph. The action never really stops. However, I thought that the characters were a bit childish and not very easy to relate to.
The main protagonist, Philip, is a complete coward. He is a former jock who spent his college years drinking and partying and acting the tough guy, an act which continues in the story of this book. The issue I had with him is that he is simply acting tough because he is scared of most everything. He is one of these men who fly off the handle at simple problems, and burn with raging emotion at things that aren’t that important, showing a very immature attitude. I was pleased to see how the story ended for Philip, but I won’t post that spoiler here.
Philip’s brother Brian has a very interesting role in this story. If you plan to read this book, pay close attention to his development in the story. Nick and Bobby play good supporting characters in the book, but Bobby dies early on from an attack by an Undead. This sets the group on the run and raises tension amongst the friends. The final catalyst is what happens to the little girl Penny at the end (go read it!).
Overall I liked the author’s style of writing, but I found this also to be somewhat childish. I understand the use, perhaps even the need, for profanity and swearing in the character dialog in a story, but what purpose does this serve in prose? The author swears to the reader in description and narration. What gives with this? What does this add to the story? It gives the book a very ‘this was written by a college student ‘feel.
I do plan to read the author 2nd novel in this series, The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury