Another day, another Review!
Zombies, viruses, and government cover ups, oh my! This Review Request has it all! As always, this title was given to me in exchange for my honest opinion. And SPOILERS abound so tread softly lest you be caught unawares…
Title: Humanity’s Hope
Author: Pembroke Sinclair
Goodreads Synopsis: Caleb, a 17-year-old boy, survived the zombie uprising, but he didn’t come out of the ordeal unscathed. He’s been scarred—both mentally and physically. The rest of humanity is trying to rebuild, to make the world normal again. Caleb is trying to return to a normal life also, but after all he’s seen, after the loss of his family and friends, the transition is difficult. The darkness that led him down a path of self-doubt and self-harm keeps trying to creep back into his mind.
Things only become worse when he discovers he’s immune to whatever makes a zombie a zombie. Fighting zombies was predictable. He knew what to expect. Fighting humans is volatile. They are malicious and treacherous. They won’t stop to get what they want, and Caleb has to figure out exactly what that is.
My Thoughts: Caleb is so cute! I want to put him and his dark side into my pocket and carry him around wherever I go! Zombie Apocalypse? No prob. How to interact with other humans, or chicks? Hey, hey, cut the kid some slack he is trying to save the world after all!
Caleb is a reasonably typical, anti-social, paranoid, seventeen year old computer geek. Yes he is immune to the zombie virus, but honestly that is probably the least interesting thing about him! My personal favorite trait is the “darkness” or devil on his shoulder that is constantly telling him to run, that he will fail again, how he can’t save anyone, and any other Marvinesque thing it can come up with. His devil is doom and gloom, I think I found my soul mate. He does try to fight his little devil, he really does want the nightmares and self loathing to end, but some demons simply will not leave. A hero overcoming his darkness is hardly a new trope, but Sinclair does an excellent job with it; the darkness within is the greatest antagonist in the book, it’s pretty cool. Caleb even has an angel wing on his left wrist and a demon wing on his right but Icarus will fly to the heavens long before our hero believes he ever will. Another trait that tickles me pink is his paranoia! After stinky stuff hits the fan he is suspicious of everyone he meets; say sorry after accidentally bumping into him on the road? Probably a terrorist, mad scientist that wants his blood, government official, or some combination of the afore mentioned. I love it! There is looking over your shoulder, then there is Caleb.
One of the cool, and I think new (or at least not often done), trait to the zombie genre is a zombies reaction to Caleb’s immunity. They just ignore him! He could be a rock for all of the attention the undead give him. He is undead but not undead, talk about a genetic quirk for the ages.
I also like the B(ig)Z(ombies) being semi-sentient and the R(eally)B(ig)Z(ombies), who for some reason remind me of Rem from Death Note, that’s just how I picture them… But still, besides the names being super awesome and original ^_^ they just add another layer to life giving you lemons. You ain’t seen lemons like these before! Big, fast, big, think Stay Puff Marshmallow man turned zombie but faster… The new twists that Sinclair provides to the classic zombie is refreshing and makes the book more interesting because you never know what the undead will do next.
One thing I do wonder about is… Does anyone else remember the thumb drive Matt gave Caleb? The one Caleb hid behind/under his dresser/bookshelf (my memory sucks right now…)? Whatever happened to it? And what was on it? AAAAAgh! My paranoia says loose end! But with the ending… Maybe not… Book 2? Please tell me there is a sequel!!
And finally the twist at the end?! Did anyone see that coming? I didn’t! Not that I ever do, but that is a different matter. Seriously if a Zombie Outbreak ever occurs, avoid Bill Gates like the plague. And maybe Zuckerberg. And anyone in the medical industry/cancer patients. Seriously just saying.
Overall Humanity’s Hope is a awesome, and pretty quick, read. I had a hard time putting the book down; it starts fast and picks up speed with each page. Anytime Caleb and the reader get a moments respite something happens but it never feels overdone, just sucks you into the world more. Throw out your old guide to surviving the Zombie Apocalypse because a new and improved title is out to help you through the tough times ahead!
Anyone else read this book yet? What did you guys think? Is the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’s Marvin taking a back seat to the darkness? Will Caleb ever hug Jan?