When I read Festa’s first zombie novel, ToD Induction, I read it in one sitting. Her writing style was gripping, and whilst not unique in plot, her storytelling was ruthless, the action non-stop, and I found myself fully invested in the survival story – and tragedies – of the Rossi’s.
The narration of Sarah Tancer plays a definite part in how enjoyable this title is. Her delivery and timing is en pointe, and if you aren’t a fan of audiobooks, I would recommend this as a definite starting point to try. You won’t find many ZA books with better narration.
Asylum itself didn’t get devoured in the same way as Induction – life got in the way, somewhat. So this time, I found myself mulling over characters and motives. The Rossi’s have somehow escaped Sanibel with their lives, and through trial and error, find out about a safe-haven called Asylum. They decide to make their way there, and spend around 2/3 of the book doing so. There is no mundane filler in this title – the Rossi’s do not collide around the US like hapless hobbits. They carve their way through the zombie apocalypse, and Asylum’s action was as hugely enjoyable as the first.
I enjoyed more, however, the character development in this book. The events that the main characters endure are really starting to tell on their personalities, and Festa has taken time to make sure this creeps in throughout the novel’s timeline. There are no blunt and unjustifiable changes in mentality that leave you scratching your head, trying to figure out what went wrong.
The twist at the end, whilst perhaps predictable in parts, was grimly satisfying, and we’ve been set up on a grand cliffhanger for the next novel. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next installment in this series, and this is one zombie writer I implore you to try. You won’t regret it.