Stage 3: A Post Apocalyptic Thriller
It was only when the virus progressed to Stage 2 that the true horror emerged. Ordinary people were being turned into mindless predators, and it didn't take Mason long to figure out their prey of choice.
He thought he'd had nothing left to lose, but now he is all that stands between a young girl and a gruesome fate, and he's sworn to protect her with his very life. They'll have to be smart, they'll have to be strong, and they'll have to be every bit as ruthless as the swarm, but even as Mason and Mackenzie battle their way from one horror to the next in a desperate flight through a world gone mad, they both know that their time is running out. The virus isn't done yet. Stage 3 is coming, and things are about to get a whole lot worse.
I found many of the scenes to be redundant, but at the same time... is there any other way in the face of the apocalypse? For example, more often than not smashing a "zombie's" head was likened to smashing a rotten fruit. It became quite repetitive. Mason also seemed to be fighting the same battles in much of the same places the whole book. But again, was there any other options when writing a book like this? Now don't get me wrong, there are multiple scenes that had me anxious, holding my breath, and crossing my fingers! Ken Stark did a fabulous job of making you question what would happen next!
Stage 3 really makes you think about your life and your future. Put in Masons shoes what would you do? If you had to fight every second of every day to survive would you be able to? Would your life be worth it, would you have something or someone worth fighting for? It definitely got my brain thinking and working on where I'm at in life, and where I'd want to be. If the apocalypse happened today, would I be happy with what I've accomplished?
While this book may simply be a thriller to some, it's quite insightful to me, and I highly suggest reading it... well, if you can handle the zombies and all that. Despite the repetitive nature, Ken did an outstanding job of making you fall in love with those who are still alive, and creates a bond so strong you can't help but pray they make it alive!