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The Undying by Ethan Reid *A Review*

img_5957The Undying by Ethan Reid

2 stars

I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. NetGalley is an amazing website which offers free e-books in exchange for honest reviews. So check it out and start reviewing books today!

In this riveting apocalyptic thriller for fans of The Passage and The Walking Dead, a mysterious event plunges Paris into darkness and a young American must lead her friends to safety—and escape the ravenous “undying” who now roam the crumbling city.

Jeanie and Ben arrive in Paris just in time for a festive New Year’s Eve celebration with local friends. They eat and drink and carry on until suddenly, at midnight, all the lights go out. Everywhere they look, buildings and streets are dark, as though the legendary Parisian revelry has somehow short circuited the entire city.

By the next morning, all hell has broken loose. Fireballs rain down from the sky, the temperatures are rising, and people run screaming through the streets. Whatever has happened in Paris—rumors are of a comet striking the earth—Jeanie and Ben have no way of knowing how far it has spread, or how much worse it will get. As they attempt to flee the burning Latin Quarter—a harrowing journey that takes them across the city, descending deep into the catacombs, and eventually to a makeshift barracks at the Louvre Museum—Jeanie knows the worst is yet to come. So far, only she has witnessed pale, vampiric survivors who seem to exert a powerful hold on her whenever she catches them in her sights.

These cunning, ravenous beings will come to be known as les moribund—the undying—and their numbers increase by the hour. When fate places a newborn boy in her care, Jeanie will stop at nothing to keep the infant safe and get out of Paris—even if it means facing off against the moribund and leaving Ben—and any hope of rescue—behind.

I very rarely abandon books. I mean VERY rarely. As you may have guessed by me saying that, I abandoned this one.

I feel a similar sort of frustration for this book as I do for “New Order Zed: Survive”, which was the zombie apocalypse novel I reviewed not that long ago. The frustration is similar in the fact that, this novel actually started out really well! The first night I started reading it, it had a great flow and I felt like the setting and events were playing out like a top grossing movie of the year. It was hard to put down that first night.

Read my review of “New Zed Order: Survive” by clicking here

I feel like the author was really fabulous at setting the scene, and setting up the emotions and all of the events leading up to the beginning of the apocalypse. Once the apocalypse began, however, I felt like the author’s writing style did a complete 180!

The best way to explain the author’s writing after the first quarter of the book is it lacked detail to form a clear image in the reader’s imagination. It was almost like he had such a clear image of his story, that he wrote it as it played out in his mind but because he could see it so clearly he failed to remember that we needed the extra details to paint a clear picture in OUR minds. I felt almost left out. Like I was right on the outside of an amazing story.

Such a pity. I tried so hard to trudge through to the end, but I felt like that was unfair to me. I have other books I desperately want to read, and other books I’m really excited to review. I didn’t feel it was fair to keep pushing myself to read something I wasn’t enjoying.

By about half way through the book, I was so bored that I was falling asleep sitting up on the sofa in mid-day.

So here’s where I recommend the book to a particular audience. If your prescription of Ambien has run out, and you need a heavy tranquilizer, this is the book for you. Sorry, Mr. Reid.

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