Science fiction and fantasy
The Walking Dead: Miles Behind Us
by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn
Life has become precarious for the survivors, and so the pace of living has changed. People are less willing to wait around for good things to happen. They are more inclined to seize opportunities for love, because they know anyone could die at any time. As in the first volume, this is a story with a high body count and a fair smattering of gore.
However, I think Miles Behind Us is better than Days Gone Bye because it goes beyond the hackneyed premise of a zombie apocalypse scare story, and starts to dig into the nitty-gritty of how people react to an extreme situation. The narrative delves into different coping strategies, some of which are more useful than others. I thought the range of reactions that the characters displayed was well thought-out and believable. There are a few simmering situations that seem likely to explode into serious conflicts in later books.
In Miles Behind Us, we have a lot of decent, ordinary characters placed in unbearable circumstances. Because the story focuses on their reactions it's more compelling than if this were another gory attempt to drum up frights (although this aspect is undeniably present). With this volume, the series is just beginning to get interesting.
12th August 2013
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Review © Ros Jackson
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