Plague Nation (An Ashley Parker Novel) by Dana Fredsti
Published by Titan Books
Published April 2013
Synopsis: Sequel to the thrilling zombie novel PLAGUE TOWN.
Ashley Parker was a ordinary woman who was also a “wild card,” immune to the emerging zombie plague, drawn unwillingly into a shadowy paramilitary organization. Having been ambushed in San Francisco, which is now fully engulfed in the zombie plague, Ashley and the wild cards must pursue the enemy to San Diego. There they will discover a dark organization which seeks to weaponize the plague. But that isn’t the worst news. The plague itself has gone airborne, making it transferable without physical contact. It cannot be controlled by anyone, so reports of the zombie swarm are coming in from across the United States – and across the world.
Our Thoughts: Without reading the first book in this series, PLAGUE TOWN, it’s still easy to pick up PLAGUE NATION and get up to speed on the story. Ashley Parker can kick zombie ass, or punk ass, or even your ass. She’s the coolest person she knows, and she doesn’t have to listen to anyone or follow anybody’s rules. She’s going to do whatever the fuck she wants, because, yeah, she’s a badass (in her own mind, anyway).
The novel has a good amount of action and no shortage of zombie killing, but truth be told, most of the characters are just not likable. You almost want the zombies to win. The thought, “Oh, get over yourself” will surface a few times during your read. That being said, the book is fast-paced, and the story line is interesting (zombie plague brought about by a flu vaccine that was not properly tested and is now spreading through the air, and certain humans that are immune to the plague are now gun-toting, katana-wielding super humans). There’s also a third installment of the series coming up in the future called PLAGUE WORLD, so if you’re looking for a quick-read series about everybody’s favorite monster nowadays, give it a read. I do not promise you great literature; I do, however, promise you lots of intestines spilled all over the ground.