The uneasy alliance between humans and vampires is strained with the arrival of the creator of the Revenant Virus. Compton claims to have a vaccine that will make them immune from the virus and allow mankind to take civilization back from the living dead. However, the vaccine is located in a secure underground facility five hundred miles away.
To retrieve the vaccine, Robson leads a raiding party of humans and vampires down the East Coast, which has been devastated by the outbreak and overrun by zombies and rape gangs. Yet none of the horrors he deals with on the road can prepare him for what he will find in Pennsylvania. Once inside the underground facility, the Robson encounters the greatest threat his group has faced to date, not only from zombies but from betrayal within their own ranks.
Rotter World starts off a little slow as it pieces together the back story, using flashbacks at times, of many of the characters and what has happened to cause the undead to walk and feast. The addition of vampires was a welcome one for this reader as it brought in a slightly different element to the chaos that is already at hand. Can the humans of the group trust the vampires not to feast upon them like happy meals with legs? Can the vampires trust the humans not to leave them open to a sunlight BBQ while they sleep? Mistrust abounds within the ranks, but there are a few human/vamps who are loyal to each other and the cause for which they fight.
The characters of Rotter World were very well written. For as many main characters as there were, the author did a very good job giving each their own personality and making them fairly easy to keep straight. Not only were the misfit group fighting for their lives, but that many were fighting for their humanity and for the relationships they had formed over their time together. This attempt at maintaining some semblance of normalcy aided in giving the tale and it’s characters believability.
The uneasy alliance between the vampires and the humans, as they make their way to retrieve a vaccine that will give an immunity to the zombie virus, gives the reader a wonderful feeling of tension as questions arise as to who will be honorable in their union and who will not. Rotter Worldis action packed with some fantastic scenes of violence and gore. There are a few scenes where this reader was on the edge of her seat as the battle unfolded.
Rotter World is book one of, I believe, a trilogy and one thing I really liked was that it ended…there was no HUGE cliffhanger to leave you ticked off and irritated that you have to wait for the sequel. Yes, there is more that can be told to the story and I am curious as to how certain things will play out in the next book, but Rotter World still had a fairly solid ending, which I personally enjoy.
A unique and welcome mix of zombies, vampires, humans and their fight for survival Rotter World is a definite recommend from Doubleshot Reviews.
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