Sunday, March 11, 2012

Dog Blood by David Moody

by:  David Moody
published by: Thomas Dunne Books
publish date:  June 8, 2010

The world has suffered a catastrophe of unknown cause, dividing humankind into two: the Haters and the Unchanged. Each group believes the other to be the enemy; each group is fighting for survival. Only by working together can the enemy – whoever that enemy is – be defeated.

This is the second book in a trilogy.  I read the first book Hater back in December and thought it was pretty good.  Definitely more interesting than I was expecting. 

This book picks up where Hater left off.  Danny is now one of the Haters.  He's picked up some traveling companions, other Haters who want him to join their Hater Army.  They want to seek out and destroy all the Unchanged.

Since I read Hater, I've been watching The Walking Dead on AMC.  It's interesting to see the contrast between the zombies on that show who are basically mindless eating machines, and the Haters in this book.  The Haters aren't zombies, they're still basically human beings that can communicate and think rationally, they're just infected with rage and want to kill the people that aren't.

This book also introduces a new character Mark, who is an Unchanged.  I initially found his story to be rather boring.  I thought mainly he was there to give us insight into how bad the situation had become for Unchanged people.  However, that changed when it was revealed that Mark is Danny's cousin and those family ties become very important.

This book has some really exciting twists and turns.  It got me really excited to read the next book in the series, Them or UsDog Blood end with quite a bang so I can't wait to see how this trilogy wraps up.

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