Wednesday, January 19, 2011
CBR III Review #21: Torment by: Jeremy Bishop
I hated this book. Hated. Hated. Hated. The book started off with a bang. Governmental conspiracy, nuclear war, zombies! Honestly when I read the description of the novel I thought I was going to be in love with a new author, but Torment by Jeremy Bishop just left me annoyed.
The first part of the novel is a whirlwind of activity. In just a few chapters the world goes from thriving to a post apocalyptic wasteland in matter of minutes. The survivors are still trying to a grip on everything around them when the realize that those who were caught in the blast are now for a lack of a better word, zombies. The zombies main purpose appears to be to destroy the few remaining survivors on earth (nothing new here). When the survivors start to run for their life - the book turns into a major pile of crap. The book drips in religious allegory. It alludes to the fact that the whole reason the world was destroyed was because God was angry and those who are now zombies were bad people who never asked God for forgiveness for their sinful lives. All the Religious crap quickly destroys a post apocalypse novel with lots of potential. I'm not a zombie purist by any means but I prefer my zombies to be cannibalistic. These zombies were more animated corpses that could not be killed even with the brain destroyed and who constantly apologized for trying to kill the survivors. Zombies that apologize that is a zombie travesty.
Also if anyone happens to read this novel and actually understand the ending please let me know what the hell it meant. If you like Zombie or Apocalypse fiction look elsewhere. If you enjoy religious rants that come out of nowhere and an ending that doesn't make any damn sense then pick this novel up for your next read.