Sunday, April 21, 2013

Review: Days of Love and Blood by R.S. Carter


A post-apocalyptic zombie book for women.

Without the zombies.

Worse than zombies.

The Demon Virus spreads worldwide in a matter of days leaving nothing but a few uninfected people in its path along with disease-riddled survivors who possess homicidal tendencies.

Carson drives across the country, back to her parents’ farm, with her son Ronan to begin a new life in a post-apocalyptic world. There she discovers more uninfected people like herself and attempts to build new relationships after the devastating loss of her husband.

Two men distract Carson from her grief, each possessing different characteristics that she found, loved and needed in her husband. Cooper has a bad attitude but gives Carson the space she needs with his self-sufficient, independent ways. Ben panders after her but exhibits a kindness she appreciates. Neither of them embody all of which she lost in her husband’s death.

The need for human interaction intertwines with the daily struggle of tribulation, remorse and adjustment, revolving around the constant battles between the uninfected and the last remaining homicidal maniacs. Days of Love and Blood is a story which examines the bonds created between people in times of change with an unexpected shocking end that will have you questioning your own threshold for pain.

My Review:

I was lucky enough to get a copy of Days of Love and Blood so I can post a honest review, and I am going to do exactly that.

I was exceptionally pleased with this novel, and am fully satisfied now that I have completed it.

To begin with, the idea of the story is really cool. The zombie apocalypse seems to be the in-thing now (not that I am complaining) and Carter finds a new spin to put on this genre. A "Demon Virus" spread throughout the world, destroying the majority of the world's population, except for those who lack the certain gene that it affects (reason to get your genome coded, am I right?) If the Virus itself does not kill the victim (which it will, eventually), they will become a "homicidal" - still be able to speak and move, but losing all sense of remorse, and feeling the need to kill everyone not infected with the virus.

Which leads us to another great part of the novel, the excellent characters.

Our protagonist is Carson, a tough young mother who is trying to keep her son, Ronan, alive. I found Carson a realistic character, and pretty awesome. First of all, she kills the homicidals with her two swords. If that doesn't make one a BAMF, nothing does. She is clever, witty, and her love for her son is very inspirational.

After traveling alone with her son in an RV, Carson comes across a farm area that houses a group of survivors - including her childhood friend, Ivy, as well as Cooper. Cooper has problems with his anger, and can be impulsive, but he also proves to be very loving and entertaining. I thought that he was a great character.

All of the characters in Days of Love and Blood were well-crafted and believable. I thought the dialogue was very realistic, which is refreshing to see.

Another great thing about this novel is the psychological issues that are addressed within the story. Showing how people can cope with so much loss, and how this near end-of-the-world situation affects personalities. I also really enjoyed the idea of questioning what is right and what is wrong, especially on the topic of killing. That is something that I like to address in my own writing, and it is always cool to see it in the works of others. I was blown away by how perfect Carson's character grew and responded to this topic.

R.S. Carter combines the well-developed plot and characters with realistic, well-written narrative writing to craft a truly amazing tale.

If you are looking for a great read for a wide variety of tastes and ages that will keep you reading at the edge of your seat, I would highly recommend Days of Love and Blood.

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