Monday, 8 May 2017

Book Review: Riot by Steven Jenkins (Burn the Dead #3)


A sold-out stadium. A virus unleashed. 

For 17-year-old Alfie Button, today was always going to be a memorable day. The cheers of excited fans soon become desperate, bloodcurdling cries for help as a legion of the undead overwhelms the stadium. Panic erupts as 21,000 people rush for the exits, only to find them sealed. With nowhere to run, suffocating in a torrent of blood and chaos, all Alfie and his friends can do is fight for survival—and pray that help will come.

But in every game, in every stadium… There has to be a loser. 


My Review: 
I HATE the characters, I really do. We have a group of football hooligans who like to drink, snort cocaine, fight and stab rival supporters and racial abuse between the MCs just adds to the non fun of this book. Every second word is an f bomb or worse and I did not enjoy this at all.

Our hero Alfie is a black kid living in a foster home with 'siblings' who hate him. He has found acceptance in a group of white football thugs although even they can be vile to him if the mood takes them. The group are violent thugs who carry weapons and are drunk and coked up when we meet them for the big derby match. Jonny is the violent gang leader who sparks a mass brawl in the pub between rival fans along with his scumbag brother Nathan.

The action moves to the stadium where Jonny is eyeing the opportunity for another fight when Swansea go a goal down to his disgust. But Alfie starts to notice that the Cardiff fans soon stop cheering and start screaming and a full zombie outbreak takes hold in the stadium. Alfie's group find themselves locked in a VIP suite with it's owners and the rival Cardiff gang leader and his sister. Curtis is as obnoxious as Jonny and they spend all their time being utter asshats and rude morons. The group cannot stop bickering and sniping at each other instead of sitting quiet to hide from the zombies or work on an escape plan.

There was a lack of zombies for me. There was too much focus on the petty fights of this group of idiots and not enough on the zombies rampaging through the stadium. The parts that did feature the zombies were good but there needed to be more of it for me. This story would have worked out great if it had been a group of characters that you like in that situation but really, I didn't greatly care about any of them.

The best thing about this book was the twist at the end. THAT was pretty good stuff.  

Read March 2017.
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8 comments:

  1. Ugh, despicable characters can ruin a book. I'm surprised you didn't give this a DNF :) At least the twist was good!

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    1. The first book in the series was so good-lots of zombies, characters you cared about and good twists but books 2 and 3 were disappointing. If it hadn't been a shortish read book 3 it would've been DNF for sure!

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  2. I love a good twist. Sorry this one kinda sucked character- wise, and yeah zombie tales with not enough zombs- what's the point of that lol?

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    1. Each book in the series had good twists...the author does write well-but in the second and third books his characters were poor. I recommend the first Burn the Dead book. Each is standalone as they cover different parts of the outbreak and it was a really good book.

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  3. Could have at least had some good zombie scenes. Thanks for the heads up.

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    1. Book one Quarantine is a great read and can be read as a standalone and it's usually free on Amazon. The other two follow different characters and I just didn't them!

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  4. oh nope no no no you can't have read a book where characters are so annoying that suck that's a big no. Lack of zombies??? seriously you always make me smile! A zombie. Only ONE is one too many :)

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