Christina Bergling
Bad Day Books
December 19
th, 2014
Reviewed by Stuart Conover

In Savages, Christina Bergling gives us a post-apocalyptic world with a very zombie-esque nature. Those who are infected no longer speak and have become blood-thirsty savages. Cannibalistic animals that are more zombie-like than man has left civilization in ruins. In the novel we follow Parker and her travelling companion Marcus as they barely make it one day at a time. Things are looking grim. On the verge of giving up on life, these two survivors find something that sparks new purpose into their lives.

A baby.

Parker is reminded of her husband and sons while Marcus now has someone completely innocent to protect for the first time since being in the military.

We’re given a world that has been overrun and decimated without a guiding hand to let us know how we got there. There is no beginning to the apocalypse that we know of here. It happened, those who have found a way to live are trying to continue doing just that with no hope for a cure or salvation. With two main characters Bergling was able to focus on them and, while that might be a hindrance to some authors, her ability to deliver solid character development keeps them both interesting and feeling real from one page to the next.

The pacing helps guide the book as well with fluid scenes that move from one situation to another. There is plenty of action and at the same time just as much dread from what she puts her characters through and what they have to do in order to survive. The ending is fitting with the tone of the novel though I can see that it wouldn’t be for everyone, especially those who love their stories wrapped up in a nice little bow.

Truly an emotional roller coaster and one of the better post-apocalyptic tales that I’ve read in quite some time.

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About Stuart Conover

Stuart Conover is a father, husband, blogger, published author, geek, entrepreneur, editor of Buy Zombie, horror fanatic, science fiction junkie, lives in a world of comics, and a casual gamer (all of this when his wife lets him of course.) He fell in love with science fiction and horror at the same time while watching the movie Alien at probably far too young of an age while still being extremely impressionable and has been happily obsessed with both since!