In the ambiguously near future, a snap decision by a government official inadvertently sets in motion the destruction of mankind. Going Green chronicles the brief journey from infection to extinction through a series of short, interconnected stories, peppered with colorful commentary from both the skeptics and those just looking to survive.
Please note: The following is a lighthearted and satirical novella of approximately 23,000 words. It is not intended for use as a survival guide in the event of an actual zombie apocalypse.
I downloaded this book months and months ago when it was available on a free promotion, and have only just got around to reading it – I wish I had done so sooner.
I’m a fan of books about zombies, vampires, anything paranormal or mythological, and I especially like it if the book has a take that is a little different from the norm.
Christina McMullen has done a wonderful job with this book, both of creating a zombie apocalypse that is scarily believable and different from what others have written, and of giving a twist ending that I didn’t see coming.
The writing is solid, and the story entertaining, but if there’s one thing that I felt let it down, it’s that the book isn’t long enough to really do the idea justice. If it had focused on one or two characters then being a shorter read might have been okay, but the story is told from multiple points of view and I couldn’t help feeling that not enough time was really devoted to any one person to really get to know there; saying that, though, the diary of a sixteen year old girl segment was wonderfully humorous, and just the right length for the section of story it was telling.
I was tempted to give this book only 3.5* because of the length, I really wanted more, and I wouldn’t mind reading it again if Christina McMullen one day decides to expand it into a full novel. In the end, however, I’ve gone with 4* on the basis that I really enjoyed it, and that enjoyment is the purpose of a book like this so it has achieved its goal.