Under a Graveyard Sky (Black Tide Rising #1)
by John Ringo
What is it about:
A family of survivors who fight back against a zombie plague that has brought down civilization.Zombies are real. And we made them. Are you prepared for the zombie apocalypse? The Smith family is, with the help of a few marines.
When an airborne “zombie” plague is released, bringing civilization to a grinding halt, the Smith family, Steven, Stacey, Sophia and Faith, take to the Atlantic to avoid the chaos. The plan is to find a safe haven from the anarchy of infected humanity. What they discover, instead, is a sea composed of the tears of survivors and a passion for bringing hope.
For it is up to the Smiths and a small band of Marines to somehow create the refuge that survivors seek in a world of darkness and terror. Now with every continent a holocaust and every ship an abattoir, life is lived beneath a graveyard sky.
What did I think of it, and why didn't I finish it:
This book starts out really cool.
Steven and his brother are a sort of Doomsday preppers, so when the first news about an airborne zombie-virus hits, Steven and his family bug out and get to safety.
There's also accounts about how other people fare against this new plague, and how people are trying to find a cure. So far so good. i was really enjoying myself.
Then the two daughters, Sophia and Faith are called in to help out at the lab. I must say my first grumble began here. I found it hard to believe that a 16 year old girl really was best person to help out with looking for the cure. And taking her younger sister along, who had no skills to help out whatsoever didn't make sense as well.
Of course Faith, the younger sister, gets herself in trouble. I grumbled a bit about that, but decided that Faith being a young teen, it fit her age and character.
Then their parents turn up, and the whole family went to an illegal concert. Of course zombies turned up, lured by the lights and sounds of the concert...
Here I gave up on the book.
I just couldn't believe that the same family who was so smart to bug out when the shit hit the fan, would actually go to the most unsafe place to be during an airborne outbreak of a zombie-plague. I just didn't care for any of them anymore.
I'm guessing Ringo wanted to add some zombie action, but I wish it was done in another way than this, because I was enjoying the book up until that point.
Maybe I'll give one of Ringo's other books a try sometime, but I'm done with the Smith family.
Why should you read it:
If you don't mind illogical behavior, you might find this a cool read.