The Loki Variation
By- Sabrina James Riley
Sasha is woken up in the middle of the night by the screams of a little girl she doesn't know, and suddenly finds herself trying to protect the child against the end of the world.
Derek's vacation hadn't even started when his dog saves him from something he could have never imagined. Using what little resources he has, he struggles to stay alive in an unfamiliar town teeming with unspeakable horrors.
Sanjeev unknowingly helps to create the epidemic that threatens to annihilate the population, but his options have run out and he is forced to choose between his humanity or his scientific endeavors.
Strangers meet under apocalyptic circumstances, and have to rely on each other for survival. What begins as an unsteady, uncomfortable partnership to stay alive turns into a make-shift family who will do anything to save each other from the threat of the Loki Variation.
It seems like I've been reading a lot of zombie novels lately, and I find them all to be very generic but with the author's added flare, so I was excited to see what was between the pages of this book.
It started off very much the same', with sudden disaster and disarray and people trying to come to terms with the fact that their world was falling apart around them, all the while wondering what the heck could have caused all the chaos.
I really enjoyed the science behind the zombie parasite and Sanjeev's blog entries were a great way of giving the reader more insight into the workings of the Loki Variation, how it came to be and how it manged to spread.
I think the pivotal part of the story, for me, was when Nora, Sasha, Derek, Hud... and let's not forget the ever faithful Riley, decided it would be best to head to the cabin in North Carolina. The moments before their departure added a great twist to the story. Then, when Lily came on the scene, a real sense of hope blossomed in me. There had to be a way through this nightmare.
I think what I really enjoyed about this story was that it was completely filled with blood and gore - rest assured, though, zombie fans, there is a fair share that in this book - but the story was really more about the dynamic between a group of strangers and how they managed under fire; about humanity and our will to survive. It was a great read.
I've been writing stories for as long as I can remember; I still have a few stories I wrote in crayon on construction paper that I had stapled together to make a book that my mother saved for me.
Luckily, I've come a long way from crayons and construction paper, and have been able to type up stories almost as fast as my mind can create them.
I'm also an insanely avid reader, and along with all the award winning literature and classics on my shelf, I also have a penchant for the stories of other Indie authors...some of my all-time favorite books were self-published, and I believe that the ability to self-publish is one of the best things to happen to the world.
Can you imagine all the great stories we'd probably not have access to?
I live in Florida with my family, which includes but is not limited to: a pre-teen girl, a feisty just-on-the-brink-of-walking baby, and a 14 year old cattle dog who still thinks she is a puppy.
I'm always excited to hear from readers or other authors