Title: A Plague Year
Author: Edward Bloor
Format: ARC from ATW tours
Release Date: September 13, 2011
It's 2001 and zombies have taken over Tom's town. Meth zombies. The drug rips through Blackwater, PA, with a ferocity and a velocity that overwhelms everyone.
It starts small, with petty thefts of cleaning supplies and Sudafed from the supermarket where Tom works. But by year's end there will be ruined, hollow people on every street corner. Meth will unmake the lives of friends and teachers and parents. It will fill the prisons, and the morgues.
Tom's always been focused on getting out of his depressing coal mining town, on planning his escape to a college somewhere sunny and far away. But as bits of his childhood erode around him, he finds it's not so easy to let go. With the selfless heroism of the passengers on United Flight 93 that crashed nearby fresh in his mind and in his heart, Tom begins to see some reasons to stay, to see that even lost causes can be worth fighting for.
I had the opportunity to read this book as part of Princess Bookie's ARC Tours and I thought that the premise was really interesting. Then the book arrived and I started reading. It did not take me long to figure out that this book was not for me. I wasn't really able to connect with the characters and I thought that the dialogue was pretty choppy. I didn't really get comparing drug addicts to zombies either. Overall, I think that the author has a very good premise on his hands but in my opinion the execution left a lot to be desired.