Release Date: Paperback 14/10/14
Source: Own Copy
."It began with a drum. Then the monsters came. I've been hiding ever since."
The following collections of journals were recovered from a caravan outside of Duluth, Minnesota. The exact date of recovery is not known nor is the origin of the speaker. The Bureau for the Restoration of History (BFRH) would like help in identifying the man who kept these records. This unedited record of events is still considered the most accurate history of the apocalypse that occurred on April 15th, 2011
This book scared me s**tless, really it has been a long time since I read a book that had me worried about things that go bump in the night. However I read this book in a matter of hours, nothing else mattered, I had to finish it a find out what happens.
I'd better say, if you are not keen on horror, end of the world stuff well this may sway it for you, there is a cute dog in it, a Weiner dog! A little dachshund called Snowy, I'd read it for her alone!!
Anyway back to the horror.
Written literally as a diary of a survivor in an America that has been ravaged by unknown monsters. The diary is a graphic account of one man's fight for survival against the monsters, the monsters I can only describe really as super scary, homicidal versions of the dementors from Harry Potter. They appear at night summoned by drums that help them march to their murderous beat.
These monsters are clever, they can find you, they know when things have changed and our survivor has one hell of a time hiding from them, they seem to keep finding him and he discovers that they use mirrors to find out where you are.
His life is one constant struggle, during the day he seeks food and drink, breaks mirrors, sees less and less people and by night he hides away listening to the monsters outside killing the unlucky people who have ventured out and listening to them searching for him.
The world changes around him too, it becomes hot and humid, plants start to grow everywhere and they seem linked to these scary ass monsters.
How long can our narrator survive as he sees everything he knows crushed, eviscerated, you get the idea but despite this he has his dog and he could just give up but he doesn't, he wants to live.
He may be the only person living in his area but living is what he wants to do but the monsters have other ideas, things get worse, they try and lure him out of his hiding place by creating projections of normal life. They have cars driving about, lights in windows, enough normality to pull any last survivors out of hiding.
The scariest thing about this book is definitely the monsters who are given the name - The Unnamed, they seem to just appear out of the shadows, they seem to be the perfect killing machines but unfortunately for our narrator it is not going to get any easier anytime soon.
I heard scuffling outside my house when I read this and had kittens, it truly works at your mind and that is what makes this a great read.
The only downside, and I am not sure if this is deliberate as it is a diary written in haste, is that there is some grammatical and spelling errors but apart from that this is a stellar, scary book that will stay in your brain for days after. Especially if like me you went straight on to book 2!