I received this book for free from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Permuted Press on August 26, 2013
Genres: Horror, Post-Apocalyptic
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Ever been to a big college town on a football Saturday night? Loud drunks glut the streets, swaggering about in roaring, leering, laughing packs, like sailors on shore leave. These nights crackle with a dark energy born of incongruity; for beneath all that smiling and singing sprawls a bedrock of malice.
Erupting from this mean soil is BREW, a novel of survival horror that unfolds in a single, apocalyptic night, when hard-partying College Heights swaps beer pong and karaoke for arson, murder, and cannibalism. An embattled cast of unlikely heroes, including a charismatic drug dealer, a disenfranchised army vet, and a smart, tough-as-leather girl, struggles to survive, while Herbert Weston, the brilliant sociopath who engineered the entire catastrophe, strolls the chaos, fulfilling sadistic fantasies.
One minute, everyone's having a blast, partying it up after another football victory; the next minute, all those crowded bars, balconies, and house parties look like so many acres of hell.
First of all – HOLY CRAP! BREW was like nothing I had ever read before. It took the horror genre to a whole new level for me. If you want a book that is brutal, and full of sex, and gore. This is the book for you. It was definitely the book for me.
Things started off a little slow as we got to know the characters and see a little bit of where they were before things started going bad. The major players in BREW are Steve, Cat, Demetrius, Joel, and Herbert. The story quickly escalates as shit hits the fan though. And the next thing you know a cop is shooting people in the street, a college kid is smashing her best friend over the head with a beer bottle, and someone is raping a dead corpse in the street. Intense right?
I think this novel was the epitome of the apocalypse, usually we get to see how the apocalypse effects one or two people and how they handle what’s going on around them. In this story we get so many perspectives and experiences from people with multiple backgrounds that it keeps you flipping pages craving to see what happens next. There are no heroes in this novel. This being one of my favorite ideals about the story. Most of Braddock’s characters are your normal Joe’s with little to no experience surviving in the face of insanity. These characters are well-developed and real, making decisions that you or I would when faced with these horrific circumstances. Or least hope that I would – you’d probably find me blockaded in my closet crying under a pile of clothes.
I also think that Braddock ended the book with perfect timing, preventing things from getting repetitive and just being a gore-fest. This story left me huddled under the covers worried that someone was going to smash my bedroom window open and slit my throat with a shard of glass! Someone remind me to never read one of his novels at 2 in the morning again.
I drove past a billboard today advertising craft beer, after reading BREW I’ll think twice before trying one!
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