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Publisher: We Built It Publishing
Publication Date: March 21, 2016
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After apocalypse, there’s a whole world to reclaim…
It’s been a decade since the Viral plague that brought the dead back to life with a hunger for living flesh. The survivors have long since fled the big cities and resettled in the countryside, mountains, and plains, building a network of fortresses and cavernous sanctuaries.
As civilization rebuilt and reshaped itself in this nightmarish new world, there arose an overwhelming demand for the supplies and riches left behind in the remains of the old one.
A system of trade and barter formed around the market of these goods, a macabre economy for a dead world. Those brave or foolish enough to seek out treasure among the wastelands became known as the Reapers.
Gus and Oscar are a two-man reaping crew, facing down the horrors of a shattered world in search of its hidden wealth. But more dangerous than the undead Virals, and their various deadly strains, are the others like themselves, cutthroat scavengers bent on plundering the riches of the Reaperlands…
I received this eBook from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I have such a deep love and respect for post-apocalyptic stories. I've read many, watched many and played many games involving the topic. This one is just as awesome.
I enjoyed the story. The world building was impeccable. You could easily picture the now desolate Los Angeles as the main characters did their job. But it is no shocker, as Roy works in animation.
The characters are first introduced as Red and Blue as they do their job which is to retrieve the wealth left behind by the zombies. A job title called a Reaper.
Blue is significantly more reserved and calmer, whereas it is obvious that Red wears the right colour of passion and wild fires. He is much more excited for the kill and the gaining of treasures, dreaming of visiting brothels. The contrast between the two are really quite clear.
But damn, I can't decide which is more terrifying, the runner or Maude. Probably the runner. Having played zombie games with running zombies, either you get it or it gets you, most of the time.
The story itself is a very minimalist way of writing. Which can be quite tricky to read. There is some faltering in the flow of the story, which is where editing comes in handy. However, it didn't really take away from the story.
This is a pretty good short story and debut from Roy. Just when it was getting good, it ended. I want more, dang it! I look forward to Gus and Oscar's adventures.
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