Season Of Decay

     Season Of Decay The Decaying Worlds Saga Book 2 - Michael W. Garza  5-5 stars


     You want a tight, intelligent zombie novel you've come to the right place. Seasons picks up after the first novel ends so it's pretty important to read the other books in the series before picking this one up. What I like about this series is that Michael has attempted to put his own spin on the zombie apocalypse without relying on gore or even the zombies themselves. The focus is on the survivors who are now faced with a coming horde of the undead. I enjoy Garza's work a great deal because he writes stories that pull you in and make you feel as if you're one of the characters. As the series progresses we can see the story evolve organically which can be frustrating at times, but Seasons is a book that takes a variety of different genres and comes up with something unique.

     A tale of survivors is part of the plot, but then you have the Nexus and just how important it is. It's a simple straightforward story that doesn't use the zombies to hook you in. It's the tale of the survivors and there's quite a few surprises to keep you interested. It's clear that Garza plans on taking us on a wild ride, and all we have to do is trust that he'll get us there without trying our patience too much. It is a series after all and we have a cliff hanger ending that gives us a hint of what's to come. The big question is how is this all going to end? The answer isn't clear yet, but it will be.

     It's an interesting book that continues the story of Mia and the rest of her tribe. We have characters that we want to see survive and that's important in a book like this. Without solid characters the book just falls apart and you begin to care less and less about reading on. We've read books like these, but this one adds intelligence to the mix. You can have a smart zombie novel that doesn't rely on gore to tell the story, or make us watch as the survivors slowly begin to unravel under pressure. The most frustrating aspect of Season is the cliff hanger ending. You expect something huge to happen and then the book's over. If you're impatient like I am that wait feels like forever.  I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and it's an interesting take on a tired genre. The momentum that he's created with the first book is still going but can he keep it going?