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By Donte M McNeal

Based in Michigan, Donte's Playground is a blog by Donte M McNeal. His posts range from nonsensical ramblings about anime, in-depth reviews of books and television/film, to random spurts of philosophical babble.

"Everyone Dies At The End" Review

"Everyone Dies At The End" Review

So, I've heard from others that if you don't have anything nice to say, you shouldn't say anything at all. I disagree with that,  especially in regards to books and reviews for them.  I have friends who don't even leave reviews if they don't like a book,  but shouldn't you let others know why you didn't like it?

Anyway,  I picked this up when it was part of some kind of sale. I'm not what one would call a big fan of zombies, in any form of media, so I'm not sure why I picked this up. Maybe because the title piqued my interest because I like stories with dark themes, or perhaps I got it because I'd been surprised with zombie books before. Without further ado, here's my review for Everyone Dies At The End.

The Good

Honestly? I didn't like anything about this book. I know that's harsh, especially when I know how painstaking writing a book can be, but that's the truth. The characters weren't memorable or engaging, their journeys were lacking, and the story lacked urgency, which just doesn't work given its setting (you know zombie outbreak and all).

The Bad

Premise Execution. So, after reading the premise I thought I was in for a tense,  edge-of-my-seat read, but unfortunately I didn't get that at all. At 84 pages, this was a short read, but if felt much longer and I don't mean that in a good way. The story focuses on two different paths: that of a group of friends and family looking to survive the outbreak, and that of a junkie who just goes around looking for his next hit. I'd be lying if I said the vibe of EDATE (Everyone Dies At The End) was light, because it is unapologetically bleak at times, and I enjoyed that much at least. But, with that said, the dark atmosphereis wasted when coupled with uninteresting characters and a virtually nonexistent plot. I mean, nothing really happens in this short story. Sure we see zombies attack, as well as animals going berserk, but I literally just finished the book before writing this review and I can't remember what all happened. I remember the infuriating ending clearly because it was the last thing I read, but other than that, nada...

The Ugly

The Characters. Again, I'm aware that this is incredibly harsh, but these characters just didn't work for me. The way they spoke was unbelievable, their actions confusing, and...okay, I'll just come out and say it: I didn't like any of them. They didn't really have any defining characteristics apart from one of them being fat, and another being a junkie. One of them was short-tempered I think, but other than that, I can't recall any characteristics that made anyone stand out. And as I've stated in nearly every review I've written, if the characters don't grab me, I can't enjoy the book, even if the story is compelling (which this one wasn't).

Final Verdict

EDATE fell flat in nearly every area for me, but maybe I wasn't the target demographic for this one. I mean, I've seen good reviews for this so it obviously has its fans. Sadly, I'm not one of them.

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