By David Moody
REMAIN CALM DO NOT PANIC TAKE SHELTER WAIT FOR FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS THE SITUATION IS UNDER CONTROL Society is rocked by a sudden increase in the number of violent assaults on individuals. Christened ‘Haters’ by the media, the attackers strike without warning, killing all who cross their path. The assaults are brutal, remorseless and extreme: within seconds, normally rational, self-controlled people become frenzied, vicious killers. There are no apparent links as a hundred random attacks become a thousand, then hundreds of thousands. Everyone, irrespective of gender, age, race or any other difference, has the potential to become a victim – or a Hater. People are afraid to go to work, afraid to leave their homes and, increasingly, afraid that at any moment their friends, even their closest family, could turn on them with ultra violent intent. Waking up each morning, no matter how well defended, everyone must now consider the fact that by the end of the day, they might be dead. Or perhaps worse, become a killer themselves. As the status quo shifts, ATTACK FIRST, ASK QUESTIONS LATER becomes the order of the day… only, the answers might be much different than what you expect….
I’d seen this book years ago and was interested, but only recently have I been able to listen to the audio version. The narrator did a pretty good job of voicing a middle class, harried, married man.
The story itself is something a bit different. Not quite as stark as the world waking up to zombies, but a branch of it.
The story moves along for about a week with the ever increasing problem until…well, won’t play spoiler here, but an educated guess might get you the answer.
This is part of a trilogy so it doesn’t conclude per se, rather it ends but sets up the second book.
Pretty good action as seen by the narrator/main character.
It’s not ‘scary’ scary, but it has tension and builds up to an exciting climax that lets the character get on with adventures in the second book.
It’s a bit graphic, but not overly so.
The story does take a philosophical turn and the question of who actually are the people who hate is discussed a bit. Maybe it will continue in the next one.