ebook, 86 pages
Published June 17 2013
William Todd Rose reinvents the zombie story with a thrilling novella of a post-apocalyptic America where saviors are heroes . . . and heroes are killers.
A fatal virus—a biowarfare experiment unleashed on an unsuspecting world—has reduced the once-mighty United States to a smattering of tribes dueling for survival in the lawless wilderness. The disease-free folk known as Settlers barricade themselves in small villages, determined to keep out the highly contagious Spewers—infected humans who cannot die from the virus but spread the seeds of death from the festering blisters that cover their bodies.
Tanner Kline is a trained Sweeper, sworn to exterminate Spewers roaming the no-man’s-land surrounding his frightened community. As all Settlers do, Tanner dismisses them as little more than savages—until he meets his match in Spewer protector Lila. But when hunter and hunted clash, their bloody tango ignites a firestorm of fear and hatred. Now, no one is safe from the juggernaut of terror that rages unchecked, and the fate of humanity hangs on questions with no answers: Who’s right, who’s wrong . . . and who’s going to care if everyone’s dead?
I received my copy from Netgalley, after requesting to read.
Well-written, you sink into the setting of a story that is told with a dash of prose, sometimes deep. The title may turn readers away, but the content of the story gives a great view on a post-apocalyptic wasteland. A quick read that I'm sure will get better reviews when given to the right readers.
Sweepers and Spewers despise each other, fighting for change of the world to be the better of the two. A sad tune that gives a melancholy story of two race similar in some ways but don't see it.
(as posted by Donald on Goodreads)