the scattered and the dead

Review of ‘The Scattered and the Dead’

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With most of the world’s population dead and gone, the survivors are scattered and fighting to hang on to what little humanity they have left. These ‘leftovers’ each have his or her own unique way of coping with the apocalypse.

The Scattered and the Dead by Tim McBain and L.T. Vargus is a series of stories of the individual ‘leftovers,’ some beginning just before the tragedy has completely enveloped the world, and some taking place at different times afterwards. Each story unfolds slowly; the authors intersperse them, moving from one character to another in a measured fashion, showing how he or she deals with an uncertain and gloomy future.

The switching, of character and time, can be a bit confusing for about the first third of the book, but you soon get in the swing and it all makes sense. A chilling tale, as much for the almost distracted way it’s handled. Once you start reading, you’ll be hooked.

Five stars for a great read.