Wednesday, 17 February 2010

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: Chasing the Dragon - Justina Robinson


The year is 2011, and what starts as a pervasive and inexplicable illness ends up as a zombie infestation that devastates the world's population. Taking the form of an illustrated journal found in the aftermath of the attack, this pulse-pounding, suspenseful tale of zombie apocalypse follows biologist Dr Robert Twombly as he flees from city to countryside and heads north to Canada, where -- he hopes -- the living dead will be slowed by the colder climate. Encountering scattered humans and scores of the infected along the way, he fills his notebook with graphic drawings of zombies and careful observations of their behaviour, along with terrifying tales of survival. This frightening new contribution to the massively popular zombie resurgence will keep fans on the edge of their seats right up to the very end.


The fourth book in the series by Justina Robson and one that continues to tell the plight of our star crossed lovers. Events that unfolded in the previous novel have now had their far reaching effects for our heroine Lila and to be honest it’s a good change and twist on the myth alongside world that the character knew. Its well written, it’s exciting and above all it’s a title that really does hit all the right spots for the reader provided that they have the knowledge of the previous offerings beforehand.

However if you’ve missed them, it will make this one nigh impossible to get the most out of alongside understanding the twists and turns without becoming incredibly confused which would be a shame as the world created by Justina is pretty extensive and a real joy to visit. Whilst this is still several notched above a variety of other authors out there its is perhaps her weakest book to date in my opinion which is a shame as it partly feels that she’s running out of steam for the world and characters, however I hope to be proved wrong in the future.

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