Surviving the Evacuation: London by Frank Tayell 3.5/5
The outbreak started in New York. Within days the infection had spread to every corner of the world. Nowhere is safe from the undead…
Bill watched from his window as London was evacuated. His leg broken, he is unable to join the exodus. Turning to his friends in the government, he waits and hopes for rescue. As the days turn into weeks, realising inaction will lead only to starvation and death, his thoughts turn to escape.
Forced to leave the safety of his home he ventures out into the undead wasteland that once was England, where he will discover a horrific secret.
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Bill is an advisor to his MP friend, Jennifer. A broken leg has him confined to his apartment during a zombie infection outbreak. Jen promised to get him to safety, but the car that was sent was attacked and the driver was killed. Bill’s story is built upon the journals of his confinement from just before the London evacuation to about 3 months after.
The first part of the book is pretty much Bill moaning, moping, and waiting to be rescued. His poor survival skills and the insights into how he passes the time were building blocks to show his mind set and how it changes with the realisation that he is well and truly left to his own devices. He isn’t a man who takes well to manual work, and you quickly learn that he isn’t courageous, but he is intelligent and knows a lot about the evacuation, the early days of the outbreak, and what has/ may have gone wrong during the evacuation and containment.
Persevere through the first part, and I promise, the book picks up.
The author has thought out different government tactics during such an incident, and I found it all extremely fascinating. I cannot fault the detail woven into the evacuation plans and the realism this creates.
There is something different about this book, and it’s hard to put my finger on. Considering that I didn’t really like Bill and the narrative isn’t action based, I found myself turning the pages and wanting to know the conclusion. Whether it was the realism, his intellect, or the need to see if boring Bill toughened up and survived, I am hopeful for the next books in the series.
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