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Reviewed by Tina Stanciu for Readers' Favorite
Rise of November by author Mario. E. Perez is a dystopian novel about the overnight death of our world and the emptiness that follows, as seen through the eyes of the protagonist over a seven-day period. The fight for survival and the shocks caused from seeing your world dead and the people you knew or worked with turned into violent undead creatures would make any human being lose his mind in an instant. Rise of November follows the struggles of the protagonist as the terror unfolds and the mind is being captured by the evil consequences of a zombie apocalypse.
Mario. E Perez wrote a great novel about despair, the condition of mankind and the horror of a dystopian world. His style is fresh and sincere, with accents on the horror side of the story but also on the mental development of his protagonist. While some people might find Rise of November to be a little bit too graphic for their taste, once you can see beyond the violent descriptions of people, animals and events, you will be drawn in by the story and will even try to put yourself in the protagonist’s place.
Rise of November does not have a long and boring introduction; you don’t need a lot of time to realize what has happened and you are introduced to the vivid writing style of the author from the very first pages. I have to admit that when I first started reading I was a little shocked by the graphic depiction of the events that lead to the protagonist realizing that the known world was no longer there. But as you keep on reading, curiosity sets in and you can’t stop. I recommend this novel to all readers, especially fans of the dystopian and horror genre with the mention that you need an open mind and a strong stomach in order to follow the story. But what good zombie books talk about sunshine and flowers?