Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Book Review: Domino Falls

Media Type: Ebook (ARC)
Title: Domino Falls
   *Series: Devil's Wake #2
Author: Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: Ebook; 384
Release Date: February 19, 2013
Source: NetGalley
Content Screening: Violence; Adult Language

HDB Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Fans of zombie stories! Especially those who love new twists in their literature.

Add it on: Goodreads / Shelfari / Amazon / B&N
It began on Freak Day—that day no one could explain, when strangers and family members alike went crazy and started biting one another. Some thought the outbreak was caused by a flu shot, others that it was a diet drug gone terribly wrong. All anyone knew is that once you were bitten and went to sleep, you woke up a freak.

I have to mention that I didn't read the first book in the Devil's Wake series, but honestly Domino Falls reads just fine as a standalone. I was instantly impressed by the writing style, and by the simple ways that Barnes and Due separate this from other zombie books out there. I'm a huge fan of a good zombie story, and this fit the bill perfectly.

The story opens on the characters from the first book and they are traveling across the perilous landscape in a battered bus. Attempting to find a safe haven, they arrive in Domino Falls. On the surface it looks like the ideal place to survive: quiet, well-stocked and safe. However the longer they stay, the more they see beneath the grime under the shiny layer on top. This isn't just a town, it's a cult, and their buried secret is a crazy one.

I loved how easily I was able to fall into step with the characters, despite not having read the first book. This is a very character driven story. Domino Falls pulls the reader into the lives of normal young people that are just trying to survive. If I had to pick a favorite? Terry wins hands down. As the leader of the group, and an amazing individual, I couldn't help but adore him. If you're a reader who loves to feel invested in the characters when they read, you'll love this writing style.

Now that I've finished, I know I'll go back and read the first book! I'm excited to get more of a back story on the characters that I fell in love with. Being totally honest, this is a book that is well worth your time. The twist might throw you a bit, but trust me when I say it's such a fresh take on the zombie novel! Give this one a shot.

FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.


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