Published: January 10, 2014
Slow Burn: Infected picks up the story of Zed, Murphy, and Jerome where Slow Burn: Zero Day ended.
All three have all been infected but have not succumbed to the most pernicious symptoms of the virus. They’re not the mindless cannibals that most infected are. Nevertheless, their band of survivors, fearful about the trio’s infections, have ostracized them.
Now, back on the street, with weapons to defend themselves but little food in their packs, they embark on a search for Murphy’s family while following the rumor of a safe haven in the form of a doomsday bunker under a house in east Austin.
But the world is more hazardous than they could have guessed. They expect violence from the voracious infected but they have harsh lessons to learn about the lethality of the uninfected. And without people to support the infrastructure of modern civilization, they find that danger comes in many forms.
I listened to the audiobook version of this book, like I listened to the audio of book 1. The narrator didn't seem to be nearly as over-dramatic as I found him in the first book, but I still detest his female voices, and probably always will. Again, I imagine it's pretty hard to do a good opposite gender voice, so I don't hold it against him much, but it needed to be said.
So the story continues and some shit goes down, some really messed up shit that makes the main characters really realize their new reality. People die, which is absolutely to be expected in a zombie apocalypse and it sort of redeems some of the choices made for the story up to this point, in my opinion.
At this point I would definitely say that you need to read this series in order, or you will not understand the connections between the characters and that could lead to some serious confusion for you.
At this point in the series, I don't find myself super invested in this story, but I'm invested enough that I do kind of want to know how everything turns out. I just wouldn't be devastated if for some strange reason I had to stop reading (listening) right now and could never return to the books again.
Overall I give Infected 4 out of 5 stars because it's keeping me interested enough to keep listening, but it doesn't have me absolutely dying to ignore my adult responsibilities. - Katie
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About the Author
I'm just going to put this out there: I grew up with an irrational fear of Flying Monkeys. How is a little kid supposed to know that they only exist in Oz? I'm not a native of any state. I've lived in so many that I see myself as a native American, which works out for me since I am also fractionally a Native American to an improbable, yet significant degree. I lived more than half of my life in Texas and I have a great affinity for Austin. it is a wonderfully diverse city full of interesting people. I now live in Colorado where I enjoy spending my time in the mountains, cycling, hiking, or walking my dogs. Oh, and writing... I do that too.
Like I said in my last Slow Burn book review, I'm using this series for my 5 books box in the series column...I've added approximately 1/5 of 2 lines to the box (in my estimation) to account for that.