Samuel Todd is a regular guy: …Failed husband… …Loving father… …Dutiful worker… …Aspiring rockstar. He had no idea if anyone would care, or take the time, to read his daily blog entries about his late night observations. But what started as an open monologue of his day-to-day life became a running journal of the firsthand account detailing the rising of the dead and the downfall and degradation of mankind…
- Zomblog II
- Zomblog: The Final Entry
- Zomblog: Snoe
- Zomblog: Snoe’s War (June 2013)
- Zomblog: Snoe’s Journey (October 2013)
I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to enjoy book written entirely in ‘blog’ format; however once again, Brown’s way with writing & stories not only manages to pull it off, he makes it a damn good read.
As mentioned, it’s presented in a blog format; a diary, if you will, of the blog’s owner Sam, as he records his thoughts and observations of the collapse of society. Brown’s ability to bring such depth to a character that is telling us his story, in his “own” words via his journal, is impressive. This format leaves us open to viewing the outbreak, the deaths of those close to him, and the collapse of society as we know it, just as a survivor would experience it. We have no special insight to occurrences or events that will happen – We don’t really even know exactly WHAT is going on, other than what is conveyed to us by Sam. This creates a special connection to Sam, as we experience details as he views them, biased by his opinions, thoughts and feelings. Details or behaviors we may think of take a back seat to Sam’s view, and what he finds important. It’s an interesting effect of the format of this book.
As Sam ‘adjusts’ and learns what it takes to survive, his ‘blog’ (which is now really a journal since the internet went dark) takes on a purpose, as Sam decides to record what’s he’s learned, seen, and heard – a written record of what happened, and a guide to survive in the present.
I wish I could say this is a happy book, but I can’t. Humanity had questionable morals before the collapse of society, and when there’s no incentive for keeping up appearances, a great many don’t bother. Others, instead of realizing they may be the last generation of humans, take advantage of the lawlessness and happily forget several thousand years worth of human development, & revert to a mentality where being bigger and stronger puts you at the top of the food chain. All of this is told to us thru Sam’s eyes….and later, thru someone else’s. As I said, this is not a happy book. But Sam’s work has a purpose, and others carry it on….right into Zomblog 2.
At less than 300 pages, most will find this a quick, yet impressionable read. I’m excited to read part 2 and beyond, and to see how this format develops further.