Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Book Review: Domain of the Dead by Iain McKinnon

The world is dead, devoured by a plague of rasping corpses. In a decaying city a band of survivors are barricaded inside a warehouse surrounded by a sea of shambling putrefaction. But now the food is almost gone and the occupants are faced with the slow death of starvation or the undead outside. As Sarah stands on the edge of the warehouse roof preparing to step off into oblivion she spots a glimmer of hope. In the distance she spies a helicopter approaching the city. Is this the salvation they had long since given up on?

My Review:
A group of starving survivors leave the safety of a warehouse to fight through a zombie horde to get to a helicopter that is catching zombie specimens to be studied in a lab out at sea. Not everyone can fit on the helicopter and the lucky ones discover that the ship might not be the safest place to be after all, when the zombie virus gets loose there.

The ship captain seems quite unstable and is worried about the experiments that the scientists are doing on the zombies. He has already lost soldiers on these capture missions and is determined to keep his people safe. The scientists are suddenly on the brink of a vaccine which Cutler decides needs immediate human testing. The rescued civilians are caught in the middle of military v science but can they all work together when the zombies are loose?

To be honest I didn't really like many of the characters. Bates is a bit of a moron at the start, Nathan is a whining idiot who gets more immature as the book goes on, the senior officers are all psychos, the scientists are insane, Sarah never listens to anything that is said to her...Angel and Jennifer are the only two that I liked! Jennifer may be young but she is without doubt the most observant and sensible in the group and if they paid more attention to her, they would be a lot safer.

The science stuff was far from convincing. The big biochemical info dumps as they ate dinner was boring and I had forgotten it all by the time I turned the page anyway so I questioned the point of going into all the deatail. The difference in treatment between two infected characters verged on the bizarre and I did not find myself believing the bite solution used by Sarah in the lab. It was crazy stuff. I found it easier to believe the stupidity that led to the outbreak on the ship as you could see that a mile off. I was also not impressed by the decision to introduce the damn ista-luv which was out of place and really dumb as they run about on the ship evading zombies. I hate it in YA novels-I despise it in zombie novels as it is just not needed and adds nothing to the story.

It was an ok story, maybe 2.5 rather than just 2. If it had less instaluv and been a little less science fiction and a bit more zombie horror, it had real potential.
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