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4.0 out of 5 starsGood!
Reviewed in Canada on May 13, 2019
The authors have a annoying method to makes you want more! The story splits, you don't know what happens to Baghead in this book but we still can follow Erin, whose characters gets more profound and better! I'm now hooked on that series!
I'm telling you I've never been a big reader but when I started this book I could not out it down I mean it drew me in and I literally felt like I was right there with that dude oh man this is a must read and would make an awesome movie...
The saga continues, giving us how Erin and Izzy came together, and some of Delfino's history. From a gentle tale we are transported into a bloody, horrific climax, part of which ties in with an earlier segment. This series is seriously well written and beyond addictive.
5.0 out of 5 starsAnother outstanding book from Tim McBain and L. T. Vargus
Reviewed in the United States on October 30, 2017
This is the latest installment in the "Scattered and the Dead" series from Tim McBain and L.T. Vargus, and as usual, it was written very well, and difficult to put down.
The series is written as a collection of letters, notes, and memoirs of the survivors of a zombie apocalypse. The zombie apocalypse has become a popular genre, but this series of books focuses more upon the individuals and their feelings rather than trying to explain WHY there was a zombie apocalypse, or going into detail about the guns and weapons used to fight the zombies. In some ways, it reminds me of the Walking Dead, especially when contrasted to series like John Ringo's "Dark Tide Rising" series. I am a big John Ringo fan as well, but for different reasons.
The stories skip around chronologically, which sounds confusing, but isn't. The stories are labeled with a time delta, such as "6 days before," or "9 years, 133 days after."
In particular, this book focuses a lot on the characters Delfino and Erin, who were both first introduced in Book One. This book tells more of their story, and helps you understand WHY they are the way they are. I love the way McBain and Vargus describe scenes vividly, and this book is no exception.
I would recommend reading the other books in the series before reading this one, but it's not essential. You are supposed to be sort of lost with this type of book, and part of the fun comes from finding out the story in bits in pieces over time. If you enjoyed their other books, you will almost certainly enjoy this one as well.
5.0 out of 5 starsI couldn't stop reading, anxiously awaiting book 3.0
Reviewed in the United States on May 3, 2018
When will 3.0 be available? I couldn't put it down. However I was left feeling like this shouldn't be the last book. There's so much that was left unanswered. What happened with Baghead, Ruth and Delfino? What happened with Max? Where are Marcus, Travis, Deirdre and Lorraine?
Please give us more. I'm dying to know who Baghead really is. My first thought was Travis survived his comatose fire, then I was certain that he is Max, somehow disfigured following the Camp massacre. He must re-cross paths with Erin. And what happens with Izzy? She would be 18 by the end. Did she and Erin and Marcus ever find a community or did they live out the rest of their days alone?
Reviewed in the United States on December 20, 2020
I'm going to make this brief...so I can start the next installment, 2.6 (6th book in the series) now! This from an avid fan and reader who does not ordinarily pick up sci-fi, and never post-apocalyptic reads.
The diaries were a brilliant idea because after seeing seeing these characters--Delfino and Erin--“in action” through 3rd person—we then get inside their heads to discover all their humanness and insecurities. I particularly enjoy Erin and relate to her on one level—an outcast trying to be tougher than she feels—and find myself wishing I could be as brave as she is on another. It is easy to forget at times that Erin is only 16 at this point--becoming adult by dire necessity—until reading some of her thoughts and “tudes”.
On to book 2.6 now. Thanks again for this incredible ride!
5.0 out of 5 starsOnce you pop, the post-apocalyptic thrill ride won't stop.
Reviewed in the United States on October 26, 2017
I started reading The Scattered and the Dead 2.5 before bed, thinking I'd just dip my toes in the post-apocalyptic water a little before going to sleep. You would think by now I'd know better than to assume that's possible with a Vargus-McBain book. 2.5 is too captivating to put down. I finally finished it just after three a.m. having laughed, cried, shuddered with disgust, raged internally, and been sufficiently creeped out that I wasn't sure I'd be able to fall asleep at all. In other words, 150% worth the morning-after book hangover.
Written as a series of letters from two of my favorite apocalypse-survivors, this Scattered and the Dead follows Erin's time in the refugee camp Before and a few days After. We learn how she met Izzy, what happened to Erin's family, and maybe even what happened to the camp Decker wandered into in 0.5. Hopefully. I hope it was the same camp, and I hope a certain National Guardsman from 2.5 is the one who got it in the face. He deserves it. You'll see. It might be a cliche, but the apocalypse really brings out the best and the worst in people. In a true embodiment of art imitating life, we find out (along with Erin) that the worst isn't the dictatorial a-holes who gleefully perpetrate crimes against the weak and innocent at the drop of a hat, the worst is the supposedly good people who turn out to be too selfish or cowardly to stand up to the a-holes. We also get to read some of Delfino's background, written by the man himself, which is as charming and fun as huffing gas and them-or-me killing can ever be. Which is actually pretty darn charming. Our humble narrators, Delfino and Erin have such endearing voices; I could read a thousand-page knitting manual if either of them had written it. But add in the fact that The Scattered and the Dead 2.5 is riddled with thrills, heart punches, and creep-fests, and you can see why starting it before bed is a guaranteed late night.
You wouldn't think an ending like this one could be life-affirming, but it was. The story shined a spotlight on all of the ugliness and evil and unexplainable horrors that are everywhere in the world, but ultimately reminded us that people like Erin and Delfino are still out there, too. They can still tell right from wrong, and they still protect the people who need to be protected. It's awesome.
In short, this book was amazing. I couldn't put it down. I dare you to try. Once you pop, the post-apocalyptic thrill ride won't stop.