The world as we know it has changed forever. The reason is Coldbrook. The facility lay deep in Appalachian Mountains, a secret laboratory called Coldbrook. Its scientists had achieved the impossible: a gateway to a new world. Theirs was to be the greatest discovery in the history of mankind, but they had no idea what they were unleashing. - (Baker & Taylor)
Coldbrook is a secret laboratory located deep in Appalachian Mountains. Its scientists had achieved the impossible: a gateway to a new world. Theirs was to be the greatest discovery in the history of mankind, but they had no idea what they were about to unleash.
With their breakthrough comes disease and now it is out and ravaging the human population. The only hope is a cure and the only cure is genetic resistance: an uninfected person amongst the billions dead.
In the chaos of destruction there is only one person that can save the human race.
But will they find her in time?
- (Random House, Inc.)
Lebbon, who's won some prestigious awards for his horror and fantasy fiction, packs a lot into this new novel: multiple universes, a plague that threatens to wipe out human life, heroes and villains from an alternate Earth, a group of cutting-edge scientists desperate to find a cure for the plague—oh, and zombies, too. This is a zombie-apocalypse story quite unlike any other, one based in science and technology (the walking dead in this book are the product of a deliberate infection by an unknown entity). Its characters are richly detailed, its story imaginative and filled with surprises. The plot shifts back and forth from a top-secret underground lab to the alternate Earth, following several characters (among them, the lab's chief, battling zombies all by himself and fearing he's going insane; a scientist who was instrumental in creating the breach between this universe and another; and a morally conflicted man who escaped from the lab and unleashed the zombie plague upon the world). An exciting, thought-provoking novel that will definitely appeal to zombie fans but should also do well with fans of hard sf and technothrillers, too. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
Library Journal Reviews
It was Jonah Jones's dream to open a portal to another world, and in the scientific facility known as Coldbrook he and his team have achieved that dream. But despite all their safety precautions, something comes through the breach in the worlds. A shambling, undead creature gets loose, and soon the world is in the grips of a pandemic that turns people into zombie-like predators. Jonah and others try to fix what they unleashed, but their only hope might be a young woman who is mysteriously immune. VERDICT Those who can't get enough of zombies will enjoy this original take on the monster, and sf fans will enjoy the exploration of parallel worlds. The story goes off the rails a little with a mystical subplot of interdimensional "Inquisitors" who may be responsible for the infection and its spread, but that's a minor quibble in what is otherwise a solidly plotted, well-written zombie thriller.
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