Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Dead of Night by Jonathan Maberry

Dead of Night by Jonathan Maberry
2011, St. Martin's Griffin

Synopsis: A prison doctor injects a condemned serial killer with a formula designed to keep his consciousness awake while his body rots in the grave. But all drugs have unforeseen side-effects. Before he could be buried, the killer wakes up. Hungry. Infected. Contagious. This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang…but a bite.

Why read: Requested for review

What impressed me: If you've read Jonathan Maberry's Benny Imura series, you'll have already seen the magic he can work with zombies. In that YA series, he does well to convince readers that zombies are people. Here in Dead of Night, he goes further, by making a very evil man a zombie while allowing him to retain much of his consciousness. While zombie novels are often vehicles to deeper thought, Maberry manages to mix both the message with the gore to perfection. Thought provoking, while scary as hell, Dead of Night is a zombie novel not to be missed.

What disappointed me: Not a thing. Dead of Night is Maberry at his best.

Recommended: Absolutely. Zombie fans will love, love, love this novel.

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