A while back I wrote a post on my own personal blog reviewing Zach Bohannon’s first book in the Empty Bodies series (you can find it here:http://terribletoychest.blogspot.com/2015/02/empty-bodies-review-of-new-novel.html) Well today, friends, I have the pleasure of letting you know that he’s released the second book: Adaptation! Not only is Zach an incredible friend, he’s an awesome storyteller and writer. I’ve had so much fun getting to know him and his writing, and I’ve also had the privilege of seeing these stories develop.
It picks up where Empty Bodies left off, the survivors trying to, well, survive as the Empties are taking over. I don’t want to give too much away for those of you that haven’t read either book in the series, but what I can tell you is that if you’re looking for a novel that’s creepy, realistic, fun and gory, you’ve met your match. Empty Bodies: Adaptation got me to the point of cringing (quite a few times, I have a serious fear of being bitten by a “zombie” or in this case: “Empty”)
The characters are so lovable…even the ones that you love to hate. David, in particular, is a character that I was scared to be connected to emotionally. He’s so messed up in the head with a rage that drives him to kill, but when his story is explained…it’s sad. I felt myself liking him, and then I caught myself and decided I had to hate him again. I’m still indifferent.
Something different that occurs in this novel as opposed to the first Empty Bodies novel is there’s an exponential amount of character growth. The first novel, I feel, established the story, let you in on a few back-stories and introduced characters. Adaptation, however, makes you feel so close to these characters that it’s like you went to high school with them. They’re memorable; you feel for them and with them throughout the entire novel. The Empties are scarier, they’re smarter (in a way), and they’re out for blood. This time, the characters not only have to deal with the Empties, but they also have to deal with each other.
As far as my real review of the novel goes: I blew through it in 5 hours with a few minutes of breaks in between. I sat down and hardly got up. It’s enthralling, and it’s really, really addicting. It’s on sale today on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Empty-Bodies-Adaptation-Zach-Bohannon-ebook/dp/B00VDIFSSW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1432001835&sr=8-2&keywords=empty+bodies. I suggest you pick it up if you’re looking for a novel that’s going to keep you on the edge of your seat no matter how long it takes for you to read it (but I’ll warn you, it probably won’t take long because you’ll be flipping pages like a fiend).
Here’s my rating:
Concept/Story: 2 (I’m terrified of zombies)
9/10- it’s so fun to read, and it really gets you ready for a potential zombie invasion. Watch your back, my horror fiends!
Until next time, spooks! Let me know if you read Adaptation, and tell me what you think! Also leave a review on the Amazon page, it helps support indie horror :)