Solstice: A Novel of the Zombie Apocalypse by Donna Burgess
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
11 or 12 stars would be apropos!
An electrifying “what if”-a coronal mass ejection on the sun, an ordinary and not infrequent event, serves as the “pulse” which totally knocks out the power grid everywhere on earth. And not just that-not just total loss of communications, Internet, television, subways, and so forth-but all those exposed to it, outdoors or indoors, turn into something really worse than zombies-flat grayish eyes, burnt skin-and an enormous and intense hunger for flesh. Even worse, if possible, is the fact that there is no sun: total darkness, as if at the Poles, except now, without reflected sunlight, there is no moon-no light from the moon, only stars. The global populace is immediately in a worse state than the original humans, for at least they had sun and moon. Here is a mostly civilized planet, attempting to cope, without warning, with constant darkness, no communications, heat only from wood, dwindling food supplies; and raging “monsters” outside their doors (and too often, inside).
Well-written, enticing, and captivating, this story will run chills up your spine-not the least because the situations it presents are entirely potential and plausible! The delineations of character, especially those who have fallen prey to the damage and become monsters, is superb-the protagonists’ coping with changed loved ones will tear your heart strings!
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