I am still wrestling with the ending. There are still enough polished lose ends to pull on for the sequel. The new born is one of them. Maybe I am not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but I do not recall anything actually happening to child. I always approach it as if there aint no body, then nobody is dead and even then it is not finished depending upon the genre. At the bridge he prepares Formula, kinda over the top to ensure he does not forget. But, I also concede that the “child” has never made a sound. Then again, it is going to be considerable amount of time for Bear to summon an Army of “vehicles that stretched as far as the eye could see”
Any thoughts on the “crazy guy”? Some of what he says is biblical. Other times he is quoting movies that have nothing to do with the bible. In fact, the parts of the bible he references have also been portrayed in movies, e.g. Sampson and the goat’s jaw. Anyone got a vote for Mickey? There is a line where Bear recognizes something in the man’s eyes. Could be literal or figurative.
Bear is not killing because there are zombies. Bear is killing to reclaim “Eden” for the children; his godchild and others.
But, I still strongly dislike what was done with the Buddy character. Oh well, here is where I ruin any chance I have at running for public office. As someone who has gone through Depression to the point of being a Basket case well on his way of becoming a casket case, I have been along a similar path. Buddy’s delusions forced him to seek relief outwards. Luckily, mine were directed inwards. There is still a lot of stigmatism and discrimination and maybe rightly so. But, modern medicine has come a long way and we can be productive members of society. Having to keep Buddy supplied with medication (raiding pharmacies) is a great plot device and could be used to promote mental awareness rather than draw attention to the most extreme cases and risk coloring us all with the same brush.
I like the book. I give it 4/5 stars. But, there are a few things that I would have done differently if anyone asked for my opinion in the rough draft phase.