Genesis Z

Fiction - Science Fiction
161 Pages
Reviewed on 02/20/2019
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Reviewed by Renee Guill for Readers' Favorite

Genesis Z by Everist J Miller is about Ray Worthington after the war with the zombies. Saying the word 'zombie' was punishable by death and the zombies had been turned into volunteers who did all the hard labor. Ray was in charge of the volunteers at a construction site where they were helping to rebuild the city. A company designed a prototype HUD (which looks like a virtual game headset, but was used to control the volunteers) and gave Ray's boss a prototype, without the boss knowing it wasn't completely tested. Thanks to one of Ray's human colleagues, things got completely out of hand. Ray soon finds out how far a person will go to survive and find his freedom, knowing it could cost humanity.

Genesis Z by Everist J Miller was quite fascinating and disturbing at the same time. I used to have trouble reading horror, but after this book I may try some more. I should warn you there are some swear words especially the F word. It is extremely graphic too, which impressed me. I loved how Everist J Miller used technology and explained how it worked without making readers feel stupid, like some hard sci-fi does. This book definitely makes you think about how far you would go to survive and ask how far would you go to save a loved one like your child. Everist J Miller made the ending intriguing, because you aren't quite sure if it's a happy or sad one. I guess it all depends on your point of view. I wonder if this will be a series, because there was at least one character that you don't know what happened to them. It would be cool to see if Everist J Miller does a sequel to see what happened to Ray and one other character. If you don't mind gore, then I highly recommend Genesis Z.

Grant Leishman

Genesis Z by Everist J Miller takes us to a dystopian world where the zombie apocalypse has already happened and humanity has won, at a terrible cost, though, to society. Following the zombie war, all talk of zombies, even the use of their name, is forbidden. Now, the authorities have come up with a scheme to use zombies to benefit society. Called “volunteers,” the zombies are fitted with skin-tight uniforms and masks to hold their rotting flesh together and a headset that allows the humans to control them and instruct them in laboriously repetitive and boring tasks. The volunteers will do the manual work of rebuilding that humans simply don’t want to be bothered with. On one particular building site, “volunteer” Ray is testing a new prototype headset that will increase the volunteers' abilities to actually think somewhat and not have to be under the constant direction of a supervising human. But, have the developers opened a Pandora’s Box from which there is no turning back? When psychopath Doug decides to take advantage of this new technology to reignite the zombie war that he misses so much, all hell is set to break loose.

What I did like about Genesis Z was its slightly different approach to the zombie apocalypse arc. The idea that volunteers could be used as cheaper, more reliable replacement workers than humans, despite the fact that there was not enough work to go around and many were living in absolute poverty and desperation, is interesting. I’m not sure if author Everist J Miller was trying to draw the comparison, yet I couldn’t help but note the similarity in the opinions towards the volunteers as we see today towards undocumented or illegal immigrants. “They’re stealing our jobs!” versus “But you don’t want to do those jobs anyway.” However, if you want an action-packed, zombie-style adventure, with a bit of a twist from the usual, then this book is just for you. I do warn you though; this story is not for the faint-at-heart. The author pulls no punches when it comes to direct and, at times, disgusting descriptions of the volunteers and their habits and conditions. If you love that sort of thing, you’ll lap this up.

A. L. Peevey

Genesis Z by Everist J. Miller introduces us to a post-apocalyptic world where zombies once roamed. Now, there are volunteers being used to rebuild a city devastated by war. Ray is the meek manager of such a crew of volunteers on a construction site. However, they are actually re-purposed zombies, controlled by technology, but it is a capital offense to call them zombies. Ray struggles to do his distasteful job while enduring the distracted threats of Mike, his boss, and the sadistic antics of his co-worker, Doug, who loves to bully Ray and abuse the volunteers. When the volunteers begin to act independently, Ray’s fear and paranoia overwhelm him, but who is the greater threat, the zombies or Doug?

Genesis Z by Everist J. Miller exudes an odor of dread. The author skillfully builds and maintains that ominous atmosphere, but the zombies hardly seem the worst danger. Even though they have been subdued somewhat, the characters continue to look over their shoulders. Doug behaves like a sadist, which is particularly frightening because he could be just about anyone we meet on the street who, if they were placed in similar circumstances, could be as terrifying and dangerous. The author taps into that daily reality and uses it to great and horrible effect in this story, seemingly reminding us that the true monsters are not the hideous things shambling around in and out of the shadows. They are the everyday people who represent the worst of humanity. For those of us who love a good zombie yarn, look no further! Read this book.