Release Date: 08/09/11
What will you do? How far will you go? What will you become?
Welcome to Banoi, a tropical island where you can leave the stresses of the world behind...
Welcome to the Royal Palms Resort – which offers its guests from around the world the ultimate in luxury and relaxation...
Welcome to the holiday paradise where your dreams should come true...but where a nightmare is about to begin....
Because a mysterious epidemic has suddenly, and without warning, broken out across the island. The local islanders, hotel guests and workers alike are struck down - only to rise again, craving the flesh and the blood of the still living. For four of the holidaymakers and a handful of others scattered around Banoi who are seemingly unaffected by the plague, they must face the awful, terrifying reality of a zombie apocalypse. Now there is only one thing left to do: survive.
Welcome to Dead Island... a paradise to die for.
As a huge fan of zombies and bleak situations I was quite looking forward to this, especially after catching the game advert online. The book however fell more than a little flat as whilst the game had the fun of zombie splatting, the book was too linear, had no real surprises and the characters felt more 2D than anything else which left me little to care about other than hoping for a zombie feast to suddenly be provided.
The prose was slack, there was no real change of pace to allow the reader to have a breather (or not as the case may be) and to be honest I felt that it was probably something that would have been better to have been left at just the game as the written medium just didn’t come off too well for this title. I’m not casting any aspersions upon Mark’s writing here, just that with a book like this there was very little anyone could have done to turn out a decent product. Save your cash and if you have to read it, rent it from the library or wait for it to appear in a discount bookshop near you.