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Reviewed by Marilla Mulwane for Readers' Favorite
The small town of Ogden is having a bit of a rough night. You see, zombies have appeared. One zombie bites someone else and that begins a massive domino effect. Suddenly, the entire town is engulfed in blood and gore while the survivors struggle to survive the night. The townspeople just want to survive. The police want to help people and stay alive. The problem is that the zombie virus spreads quickly, sometimes taking only minutes for a bitten victim to turn. The only way to completely kill a zombie is to destroy the brain. How can the ever dwindling survivors manage to confront such a terror? And do so within one night before everyone just wants brains for breakfast?
Cory Abernathy, author of Ogden, created a fast-paced zombie book. Zombie fans that read tons of these books won't find anything new to the genre. First timers will enjoy the their first foray into brain eating, and Ogden just might persuade them to read more. Abernathy uses many different characters in this story. There aren't any real "main" characters. This can be good and bad. It's bad because readers can't get to know a character well enough to empathize with them or fear for their life. It's good because it keeps readers guessing. Every new character, will he live or die? You have no clue, whereas readers always assume that main characters will survive at least until the end of the story. The best part of Ogden is the dogs. They brought humor to a horror story and did it well. I'm guessing that Abernathy has a couple of dogs of his own.