Author Dane Greene
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Thank you so much to author Dane Greene for providing me with a copy of his book in exchange for this honest review.
Rage: A Story of Survival is mandatory reading for 2020. The pandemic has brought us closer to apocalyptic events than any of us have ever seen before and dystopian horror just hits differently now.
Rage is about a world hit with a double whammy of end times events. There is a strong electromagnetic pulse (EMP) that zaps all of the power and then a runaway weaponized bacterium that causes people to turn to zombies, or Palemen, as they are referred to here.
What makes Rage different is that it has a strong set of morals and values that can actually be applied to our real world scenario. This is not a hero’s journey that follows the only chosen one who can save us. No, this is a group effort.
The book follows a group of young adults led by Aaron. Aaron is the closest that the book gets to having a messiah but even he knows that they cannot accomplish their goals based on him alone. They all must work together and value each others’ strengths in order to not just survive but to thrive.
Unfortunately, not everyone agrees with this mentality. Many people have been barely holding their violent nature in check. Very shortly after the EMP many individuals resorted to terrorizing their own neighborhoods. Even before the threat of the Palemen became known they used the first opportunity at unrest to become violent and aggressive.
Our young protagonists attempt to save themselves but also their friends, family, and just anyone they meet along the way. They understand the strength in numbers. However, many of their cohorts who are older do not appreciate being told what to do by some youngsters.
The older adults dismiss the leadership of the young adults outright, and only because they are stubborn in their ways. Many of the older adults do not want to put themselves in any sense of danger or discomfort to help anyone else. They refuse to help rebuild society once they have the supplies they personally need. They refuse to help in even simple ways. They would rather kill their neighbors than give up any small comfort.
Does this sound familiar to anyone? If you or anyone you know complains about wearing a mask in public, they are this person. The simple act of wearing a mask could potentially save any number of lives but these selfish imbeciles would rather those people die than for themselves to be even mildly uncomfortable.
It’s incredibly prescient of author Dane Greene to understand how humans would behave in this kind of crisis. Humans are incredibly selfish and have been for generations. We absolutely need to break that cycle if we ever want to get better. Take a moment today to think about someone’s needs that aren’t your own.
Rage: A Story of Survival follows our young heroes as they attempt to start fresh. Society had to be destroyed for them to have a chance at setting it right.
By the end of the book I felt a strong attachment to the characters and really was rooting for them. The story is told through alternating perspectives that allow us inside the thoughts of the different characters. We get to see and understand their motivations, pure or not.
The only complaint I have about the book is relatively minor. There are some liberties taken in the storytelling that made me feel a lot of the events were a little too convenient. I have a hard time believing it would be so easy to find friends and family in a big world without any means of long distance communication. And this happens more than once. But by the end I felt a kinship to the characters and was happy to see them united with others so I guess I can let it slide.
Rage: A Story of Survival does what good horror does better than many other genres. It draws parallels to real life in ways that put us on edge, make us uncomfortable, make us afraid. Real life is very scary right now but Rage shows us the way out.
It’s also just an entertaining and heartfelt tale of facing challenges with your friends. It’s a road trip book with a lot of gore. Rage is many things and I can recommend them all.
4.5/5 rage filled faces 🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬
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