Carey, better known to many as Mike Carey, is the author of three books, several comics, movies, and a radio script. He writes post-apocalyptic stories that are more human than most authors can deliver.
Melanie is a second generation hungry. Hungries are humans infected with a fungus that destroys the brain, except that children born to the infected have some immunity, so can live long lives with fully functioning brains.
Either way, hungries eat only meat, and, as you might recall, humans are loaded with meat. With most of the world overtaken by zombie-like, flesh-eating humans, a small research station is created in England to study the kids and find out why they are able to function so well, hoping that will lead to a cure.
Because the kids eat people (only the uninfected) they have to be locked up even as they are studied.
I am not a big fan of the genre, but I do like a tense, fast-paced story. This is it.
Carey wrote a last chapter which was cut from the book. If you want to read it after you finish the book, you will find it here.
I’ll put it up front; this book is a five-star read.
Doig has his PhD in history with years of experience on a ranch, and with newspapers and magazines. But that only begins to tell us about his writing skills. He is a wordsmith, one of those people who can turn words into music, or a painting, or a motion picture.
The story-teller and center of action is Paul Milliron, thirteen and the oldest of three sons of Oliver Milliron whose wife died the preceding year. As a dry-land farmer in 1909 Montana, Oliver scanned the position wanted ads until he saw one for a woman who, as the ad was titled, Can’t Cook But Doesn’t Bite. Soon, the four males had themselves a housekeeper and her brother as a tag along.
Brother Morrie took over the one-room school when the current teacher ran off to marry a preacher. Morrie turned the classroom upside down, just as Rose did in the housekeeping department. Throw in an eighth grade class of dull boys made of muscle and little else, a father who is a cross between the incredible hulk and Godzilla, and we have a recipe for a great story.
But Hoig is not content with that. His story lives and breathes. It walks, runs, struts, and whispers. Just when we think life has settled into a dull Montana winter…. Things happen.
Do not stop reading until you get to the last page; it ain’t over till it’s over.