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Killer Kudzu by Julius Thompson is a sci-fi apocalyptic horror novel set in the American deep rural south. Scientist John Miller stumbles upon an unknown variant of kudzu while experimenting with a Venus flytrap and trying to assimilate it with the native kudzu. John and his brother Chuck realize that the sample they have might be more dangerous than they had previously anticipated. The brothers travel to the small rural town of Randolph in Northeast Georgia, where Grandma Peters is eagerly waiting for her grandson, Justin Camp. However, a tornado hits Randolph, leaving a trail of devastation, including spreading the Miller brothers' dangerous samples over unknown regions. Now, the inhabitants have to deal with the rapidly spreading mutant variant of the kudzu that has been devouring animals and humans alike.
If you love to watch movies like The Happening, you're going to have a blast reading Killer Kudzu. Author Julius Thompson seamlessly infuses some relevant social commentary about racism and bigotry into the story, which adds a bit of gravity to the narrative, making it all the more compelling to read. The multiple POV narrative helps to showcase the different factions involved within the story. The characters have distinct personas and idiosyncrasies, and the dialogue between them often resembles the unique dialect of the people living in the deep south. Each chapter is filled to the brim with an atmosphere of tension and dread, keeping you on the edge of your seat. I recommend Killer Kudzu to readers who love apocalyptic stories.