4 out of 5 Robots!
Beyond ExileAuthor: J.L. Bourne
Release Date: July 13, 2010
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Pocket Books
My Copy: Publisher
Review: Beyond Exile is the second Day by Day Armageddon novel, I admit I haven't read the first but have heard amazing things about it and can't wait to pick it up. I highly recommend reading the first novel before this one- I felt as if I was missing some tidbits of the storyline. The book was brilliant and fun, regardless. Now, just like in the first novel, the main character is an active duty military marine officer up against an unknown (zombie) disease- and just about the entire nation is infected. The story follows the survival of the very few uninfected humans left... and it is our marine's duty to find those survivors.
The novel was written in a journal format- which I haven't enjoyed since The Perks of Being a Wallflower. But Bourne did a great job and I now enjoy this format once again. His writing made it easy to relate to the hero and understand why he was able to be one of the last survivors left. It felt very realistic as there were sketchings and grammar mistakes- like someone was actually in the midst of a war writing down his day by day. His many near death experiences seemed pragmatic and the action was just so solid- gotta love a good action novel. I couldn't stop turning the pages.
If you like your zombie novel with lots of gore, this is the book for you. It was an extremely visual adventure- one horror after another. I loved it. It seemed that the ending left it open for the author to write another for this series. I really hope so anyway! I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in zombies or war. :)