Author: Jonathan Maberry
Series: Dead of Night #2
Published by: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: September 2, 2014
Stebbins Little School is full of bodies. It's unthinkable to Desdemona Fox. Children are sobbing as panicked teachers and neighbors beat down their family members outside of the school...or the things that used to be their family members. Parents don't eat their children do they?
Officers Fox and Hammond, along with journalist Billy Trout, are calling it the beginning of the end. This is the zombie apocalypse. An insane escaped serial killer is infecting Stebbins County with a deadly virus, and now the whole world is watching while Fox, Trout, and the remaining inhabitants of Stebbins fight for their life against...what? The undead? The President and the National Guard are ready to nuke Stebbins, PA off the map and cut their losses. But the infection is spreading and fast. Worse, the scientist who created the virus is missing. It's a numbers game as the body count rises; Fox has to contain the infected and evacuate the living before it's too late, and the clock is ticking...
Fall of Night! Where do I even begin? This book is made of awesome for so many reasons. I can’t even tell you how hard I was geeking out.
First of all, this is the sequel to Dead of Night, which I thoroughly loved. It picks up where the previous book left us, and Maberry wastes no time thrusting us into all the craziness. We are forced to say good-bye to certain characters, while being introduced to new ones. I mean, it is the beginning of the zombie apocalypse, so obviously no one is truly safe.
I love Desdemona (Dez) tremendously! Of course, that’s probably because I see a lot of myself in her – physically and personality. Does that sound completely narcissistic after saying how much I love her? Oh well. We don’t only get Dez’s perspective though, we get many different ones. It’s done extremely well, and is very smooth, as if you’re watching a movie.
While reading Dead of Night, we discovered something about the zombies that’s chilling and sad. We get even more insight to them in Fall of Night, and I would find myself blurting out “that’s fucked up” with a heavy sigh. My son would just smile knowingly because he’s very familiar with Maberry’s work (an even bigger fan than I am). Maberry is excellent at evoking these kind of feelings; playing on emotions and morality, making you step back and think.
Fall of Night had my heart pounding in anticipation one minute, and then sinking the next. Yes, this is a “zombie book”, but it’s more of a look at humanity than anything. A scary look.
Honestly, this might be my favorite book of Maberry’s. Why? Because not only is it the sequel to Dead of Night, and are their own series and can be read as such, but it also connects two of his other series. You’re all familiar with his Benny Imura series (Rot & Ruin), right? Well this is a direct prequel to it. Not just to the first book, either. It prequels the entire series. Holy crap, I was practically bouncing out of my seat from excitement the entire time, especially towards the end. Now, since those are connected, then that means the Joe Ledger series is connected, as well. Fans will recognize characters, mentions, and … the source of the outbreak. Exciting stuff!
Seriously, Dead of Night and Fall of Night are must reads! If you haven’t read anything by Jonathan Maberry yet, then you are sorely missing out.
Disclaimer: Even though Fall of Night is also a prequel to Rot & Ruin, a YA series, this series is adult. It has a more complex feel to it, with adult situations, language, etc.