Warner is the sole survivor of a deathscape dominated by hordes of the undead. Years of isolation and lack of any human contact has driven him to the brink of insanity. Plagued with vivid hallucinations and shocking nightmares, he scours the deadlands for any signs of life. While discovering a temporary cure for his creeping mental illness, Warner is attacked and infected with the deadly disease. Switching between man and beast, he must decide on risking a desperate cure or attempting a suicidal quest to rescue a group of stranded survivors. Worse, these survivors may only be a figment of his crumbling sanity. (Goodreads)
Due to my schedule, I read this one in bits and pieces and it took me much longer to finish than it would have normally. This may have contributed to my confusion over the ending, which I had to reread. Then I went back and reread the beginning and a few other parts. The reread helped, but the story was still a little confusing. I'm sure there will be several debates about the ending, but I'm still on the fence.
Warner was an interesting character and this was an interesting premise, but I wasn't always sure what was and wasn't real. Warner suffers from hallucinations and, since the story is from his point of view, at times neither one of us is sure what's real.
Not your typical zombie book, this one did have an interesting theory behind what caused a human to turn. The creatures do exhibit some zombie-like behavior, but seem to be a different breed entirely. I'm no zombie expert, but tend to prefer the old-school shambling zombies that you can easily outrun. Without giving anything away, there were a couple of twists during the tale, as well as the ending.
Gave this one a 3/5 as I liked the story better after my reread. Don't know if it was the slow pace of my original reading or simple holiday distraction, but I did need a reread to understand certain aspects of the story. I did like Warner and sympathized with him, as I have no idea how I would behave if I were the last human around. Think it's worth a read as it's not a typical zombie tale.
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