The Zombie Generation

In The Zombie Generation they're called "Buggers". The "Buggers" tend to be obese, with a penchant for alcohol, they sleep in piles, some of the piles as high as buildings.

It takes much more than a shot to the head to kill them, and they can speak in a childlike manner. The Zombie Generation actually refers to Warner's generation, "Generation instant" as his father puts it. But the real story here, the one that kept my interest, is Warner. Warner suffers from "figs" short for figments, making it difficult to tell what is reality and what is purely in Warner's mind. As a result, his relationships with others in the story is always suspect. He's also been scratched by one of the "Buggers" and spends a good part of the time trying to find a cure and trying to figure out exactly when and if he will become one of them.

Overall, I had a very good time in Drake Vaughn's post-apocalyptic world and give him high marks for taking me somewhere I didn't expect to go and keeping me intrigued from start to finish. Available now as both a paperback and for the Kindle from Amazon. Jun 22, Matthew rated it it was ok. I will put it out there from the get go that zombie lore is not my forte. I know some of the general stuff: Enter The Zombie Generation , which seems I will put it out there from the get go that zombie lore is not my forte. Enter The Zombie Generation , which seems to neglect most of these in an attempt at something new or fresh, but I cannot say they were for the better.

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There are some minor spoilers, so read at your own risk. Warner has survived alone for years and has been experiencing frequently vivid hallucinations, what he calls figs short for figments of his imagination. After becoming infected and switching between man and beast, Warner must decide if he is willing to risk his life to rescue a group of stranded survivors who may not exist. The zombies in are a bit baffling. They sleep and do so in large piles, with some alcohol are able to communicate like Grimlock in the original Transformers cartoon, can sometimes remember who they were before being infected, genuinely fear water, sometimes have sex, and are apparently pyromaniacs.

Again, I want to point out that my zombie experience is limited, but it was hard to think of them as zombies when they seemed to exhibit no common zombie characteristics. To be fair, I do not recall the book or Warner ever calling them zombies specifically, so that may be kicker to why. They were called buggers, but generally speaking, referring to the undead typically infers zombies. Zombie issues aside, the story starts off pretty slow, gets more interesting the further you get into it, but suffers from being confusing to follow near the end.

Reading the history of a child's toy and government scandals regarding food packs provided far more detail than necessary. Both items are of great import to Warner's continued survival, but who cares about the toy's legal issues before the world went away? The twist concerning the infection was a big let down for me because it was too open for an argument, and a strong one at that. I would elaborate, but I would be revealing too much. The Zombie Generation follows one guy and his slow mental breakdown, with a few scenes of human interaction sprinkled in, but really it is all about Warner.

Perhaps with some editing, this could have been a more enjoyable read. However, with a less than stellar story and personal grievances with the writing style, I find it difficult to talk up whatever positive aspects it had. For me, the bad far outweighs the good and if I am to be honest, then I could not rate this book any higher.

Drake Vaughn provided me this book for free in exchange for a review, and I thank him for the opportunity. Nov 02, Allizabeth Collins rated it it was amazing. After typing-up my last zombie book review, I was in no mood to read further into the genre, but with Halloween around the bend, I knew that readers would be in search of the next undead thriller. I had three choices, all looked interesting cover-wise, but the only one whose blurb spoke to me was Drake Vaughn's The Zombie Generation - a genre-bending psychological, post-apocalyptic horror novel where you never know the difference between reality and hallucination.

The plot-line is anythin Review: The plot-line is anything but stale, Warner's mental state paired with his worsening living situation, no spoilers! His vivid hallucinations and chaotic inner dialogue are gritty and unnerving, often blurring the fine line between sanity and lunacy - for both Warner and the readers. I never knew what to believe about Warner's current Earth; was there a true "bugger" zombie situation?

Or was the entire scenario within his mind? Was he truly the last man on Earth? I found it fascinating that Drake Vaughn managed to craft Warner's character so meticulously - he has a very well-developed and multi-layered personality that is unusual and unique. I enjoyed getting to know his character, even though it was difficult to relate to him at some points. He felt very "real", and I was genuinely invested in his well-being throughout the novel. I can attribute this to the author's ability to create a story for the character, a difficult task to be sure. Drake Vaughn's writing style is very descriptive, his characters, buggers included , play their role well and are as integral to the story as brains are to zombies.

The action scenes definitely had my heart racing, but some of them were slightly over-done; more superhero-esque than believable. When the action was full-throttle the pace was excellent, but there were a few instances, during the bugger attacks and some of the calmer moments, where the events were repetitive and the flow seemed to stumble. The buggers also took some getting used to - forget zombies of the past, these undead hordes are comprised of trash-eating, obese, alcoholic nymphomaniacs who sleep in huge rotting piles of the undead.

Overall, I loved Vaughn's unconventional take on the "zombie" apocalypse, and was left craving more! If current zombie novels were this "out-of-the-box" I wouldn't be so bored with them! Recommended to readers interested in a psychological thrill-ride complete with blood, gore, action, drama, kick ass character s , and a biting wit. On the Run 4. Oct 31, Kevin Walsh rated it really liked it Shelves: I am a bit torn at whether or not to call this a zombie novel.

I don't think it really is a zombie novel because the infected don't quite resemble zombies except for the fact that they want to kill you. But it was a pretty enjoyable story nonetheless. This novel is a psychological horror novel that focuses on a man named Warner. The tone and plot is a bit humorous but the situations and environment are horror down to the bones.

The main character's narrative can be funny at times and you can feel I am a bit torn at whether or not to call this a zombie novel. The main character's narrative can be funny at times and you can feel a great connection with Warner as he wades his way through the deadlands while trying to make sense of it all. I am not so sure how I feel about the plot.

The situations and the backdrop for the story were pretty good, but the story itself --to me-- wasn't as quick paced as I was expecting it to be. Sometimes the novel can seem to drag on a little, and this is mainly due to the main character's narrative jumping in at some points. I felt that the beginning of the novel required a bit of slogging, but once you get into the story it really is engrossing. The psychological elements to this story are very interesting and make for a unique reading experience.

The narratives can often slow down the pace of the story, but without those narratives, this novel wouldn't be the psychological thriller that it is, so I guess I can't harp too much on the pace.

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The writing was sharp and crisp. The author has a real voice and the way he describes action scenes are top notch. What makes the novel interesting to read is not only the fact that it is well written, but because the author can say things in a different voice than everybody else and he delivers a very different style of storytelling. The only real character that the reader can associate with on any level is Warner.

Warner is a great character because of how natural all his actions appear to be. All of his choices and thoughts are realistic and often I felt as though I could relate with Warner on a personal level, great reader-to-character connection. The character is an average guy with thoughts and real emotions.

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Warner is a character that people can give a damn about and that scored the author huge points in my books. I wouldn't necessarily call this a zombie book but I guess that could also depend on who's reading it, to each their own. At times, it felt like I had to wade through thick narratives to get to the meat of the story but the time investment was worth it. This is a great psychological thriller that I think people would like if they gave it a chance.

I'd highly recommend it to those who are looking for a very unconventional--in a good way--apocalyptic tale with a main character worth taking the journey with. Jul 26, Matt Posner rated it it was amazing. In the classic early sci-fi novel I Am Legend by Richard Matheson, one man is alone in a world of vampires, followed by a classic twist.

How can he survive? Drake Vaughn's The Zombie Generation offers another take on this scenario. On top of that, he is wounded by a bugger early on, and begins a long, slow transformation into a creature of the same type. Drake Vaughn has written not only a detailed action yarn, but also a complex psycho-sexual study of a man in decline, all his weaknesses laid bare in isolation. Fundamentally, this is a work of tragedy, in which the dramatic irony intensifies as the reader gradually gains the clues to unravel the truth behind Warner's psychological deterioration.

Stories filled with hallucinatory flashbacks often strike me as contrived or clumsy, but not this one. The flashbacks are brief, pertinent, and relevant to the action. And there is plenty of that: Warner is constantly on the move, in deadly peril, forced to be resourceful to survive. I appreciate the inventiveness of the background detail in Drake's story. The biology and behavior of the buggers is as fascinating as a nature documentary. A few passages of faux history make for clever commentary on 21st-century America. These are all very cool aspects of a book that is way better than a standard zombie yarn.

Drake Vaughn shows us sophistication and talent beyond the typical first-time author, both in the complexity of his story and in the writing style. I strongly recommend this book. I would recommend that Drake get a new cover, because a gas mask is not a significant element of his story. Oct 10, Lily at Bookluvrs Haven rated it it was ok. I came to understand, fairly early in this novel, that this was not a typical zombie story. In fact, the scary monsters in this story can't really be described as conventional zombies, or zombies at all.

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At least not the typical image that the word 'zombie' brings to mind. I even felt a little cheated to have had the impression going into this story with a different perception of which this novel did not deliver. But there was much about this novel that was original and interesting. Warner is a s I came to understand, fairly early in this novel, that this was not a typical zombie story. Warner is a survivor, but early on he gets infected.

But his changes are not immediate, though it appears that the infection for other afflicted humans had been different. He has constant flashbacks and hallucinations which he calls 'figs', and as relevant as they were to the story, the time line of the plot because incredibly confusing to me. I quickly lost my grasp on what was true and what was part of Warner's 'figs' short for figments. The monsters in this novel were not as scary as I thought they would be on an imaginative level at least. These are terribly obese destructive monsters that chomp on garbage, and have a strange fixation to alcohol, furby like toys, and canned meat that sounds very similar to SPAM.

The only resemblance to the stereotypical zombie creature is their love to consume fresh brains. Their habits, routines and fixations were really interesting. It was a pretty action packed novel and I enjoyed that. There were many scenes where Warner was in, what appeared to be, an impossible escape situation, and my heart was just pounding out of fear for him, thinking he was going to meet his end. Though I can honestly say that I did not really enjoy this story as much as I wanted to, it was incredibly imaginative and original.

And if you are looking for something completely different I would not deter anyone from giving this one a go. Just don't think you are going to find your typical zombies in this novel. Jul 09, Cheryl rated it liked it. Warner is trying to survive in a world filled with "buggers". Hey, in this book they are called buggers, get over it. It is not easy. You can lose your mind This is what is happening to Warner. He can not tell fiction from reality. He keeps having "figs" short for figments.

Things get worse when Warner is attacked by a bugger and is infected. It is only a matter of time before Warner turns into a bugger. Warner comes upon a group of survivors. Now Warner must decide to take the high Warner is trying to survive in a world filled with "buggers". Now Warner must decide to take the high road alone or the low road and protect the survivors. I was middle of the road with this book.

On one hand I liked Warner. The way that he described his transformation was great. I have read many zombie books and the author usually spends their time focusing on the zombies then the living. Vaughn's profile states that he likes to focus on offbeat thrillers and horror with a psychological bent. This is exactly what Mr. Vaughn did with this book. He kept me pondering if the people around Warner were real or just "figs". On the opposite hand, I felt that the book was slow in the beginning and it took me a while to get into it. This is because the beginning felt like I had picked up this book and started reading it at chapter four.

The buggers were a cross between your new age zombies and your old age zombies. They still walked around with gazed looks in their eyes and they could not really form words but these buggers did have a great sense of smell. They could instantly pick up the smell of alcohol. Which is a bummer if you are one of the last people living and you wanted to drink as you better find a safe place to drink and hope that when you slept it off that you woke up from your hangover.

Also, you better have a gun handy as these buggers are hard to kill. Just one shot in the head will not always take them down. The last half of the book is where my interest peaked.

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I could see this book being turned into a Quentin Tarantino movie as Mr. Vaughn has that offbeat humor about him. Jun 25, Beth rated it it was amazing. It's always cool when you discover a new genre of books or movies that you never in a million years expected to like. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

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The Zombie Generation