The Scattered and the Dead
By L.T. Vargus and Tim McBain
First, this a very short story only about 100 pages or so. Without distractions and or a nagging boyfriend this is an easy one sitting story to read. Post-apocalyptic genre is rarely my go to book but the authors asked me on Twitter to read their free sample and I was hooked from there. Found the idea of how an agoraphobic man would handle the world ending and the unbearable loneliness that comes along with such a world was successful. Book is written in the form letters to the woman that is across the hall, who is presumably dead.
I actually didn’t give this five stars because I don’t feel completely satisfied with how much I know about this character. There was a decent amount of character development for such a short story but knowing so little about the character faulted the story. This could have easily used another 50 to 100 pages. Generally, I really enjoy short novels because they just get to the point and lack a lot of that fluff that can be unnecessary but with a character with agoraphobia is so complex. A character that complex deserves more understanding especially when that character is overcoming his anxieties in a post-apocalyptic world.
However, overall I cannot deny that I enjoyed this read and had trouble putting my Kindle down.I look forward to read more by theses authors. Recommended read.
Loneliness drives an introvert to write a letter to the girl in the apartment across the hall. He is anxious. Reclusive. Desperate for a friend. The apocalypse interrupts this attempt at human contact.
Now he watches out the window as the world gets cut to pieces by plague and riots. Buildings burn. Pedestrians vomit blood.
Soon the bodies line the streets. Rumors of zombies spread. And then the power goes out.
Getting to know someone could be harder than he thought, let alone surviving in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
He might even need to leave the apartment.