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{April 17, 2011}   Mercy, by Joshua Grover-David Patterson

From Goodreads: When Georgina Fulci’s plane crashes into the Atlantic, her troubles have just begun.
Desperate to get home to her family, Georgina and a handful of survivors must find a way to escape an uncharted island… while fighting off hordes of the living dead
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This is a fantastic novel!  I’ve read many zombie stories, but this one takes the cake!  I was most impressed with the fact that there is a great storyline surrounding this novel; it’s not your run of the mill zombie story, and I highly recommend reading it!

The format of the novel is intriguing.  Patterson sets the story up as an epistolary novel (my favorite), using journal entries instead of letters.  Georgina Fulci, the protagonist, writes in her journal for a number of reasons: a last testament to her beloved family in Wisconsin, to record the events unfolding around her in case anyone should ever find her journal, and to defer insanity.

The synopsis for the novel is very short, but don’t let that be a deciding factor in regards to picking up a copy of this novel.  Yes, Georgina’s plane crashes into the Atlantic, and yes, the dead are coming back to life, but zombies are really only the half of it.  Patterson has created extremely vivid characters that must come to terms with their reality and search their souls.  I was able to relate to all the characters on some level, understanding their thoughts and beliefs, and their authenticity forced me to really question my own inner being.  If I was in a similar situation, what would I chose to do?  While the novel is fantasy, Patterson explores many wonderful areas of humanity that are rarely examined in detail, especially in zombie novels.  The reader is confronted with love and loss, comradery, a mothers will, hope versus hopelessness, selflessness versus selfishness, etc.  Patterson is a wonderful writer, and I was impressed by how much ingenuity poured out of his novel, especially as I went into it thinking it was just going to be about zombies on an island!  The synopsis doesn’t do the novel justice—you should really pick up a copy of this novel from Amazon or Barnes and Nobel and see what I mean; you won’t be disappointed!  Four stars. 

I was given a copy of this novel by the author for an honest review.

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Patterson just wrote a new novellette that came out last night, Baby Teeth: http://t.co/b1EnYfa

And of course, you’ve got to check out his other novelette, Fairy Godmother-in-Law: http://t.co/K7ghO46 It’s hilarious!!



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