No Man's Land #1
Published January 19th 2012
Nearly two hundred years after the planet was ravaged by millions of undead Zees, the human race is still struggling to rebuild. The Zees may be long gone, but so too are centuries of scientific advancement.
A group calling themselves The Keepers of Knowledge have set out to retrieve and protect what little technology survived the fall. When four of their Prospectors go missing, the Keepers turn to a no-nonsense mercenary named Azina and her eclectic crew of hardened veterans to find them.
The search leads the group to a crumbling underground city. But what looks like just another ruin from a bygone era isn’t nearly as deserted as it appears. Soon, a simple rescue mission becomes a slippery descent into hell as Azina and her men unwittingly awaken a savage, bloodthirsty world. Who will stand and fight, and who will be lucky enough to stay dead?
Hive is set in a post-apocalyptic world where its remaining survivors struggle to rise above the ruins left by the water-born disease that turn millions into the undead. Two-hundred years later and Sotercity is the place that man-kind now calls home.
There's something for everyone. You got yourself a big brain? Join the Keepers of Knowledge. What's that you say? You're a greedy bastard? Become a Trader like Pennies. You got a fetish for squeezing into tiny holes looking for artefacts? I understand the Keepers are always looking for new Prospectors. Oh I get it. You like to work with your hands. Grunt work for little or no pay. Got it, not a problem, Public Works goes through Grinders like some people go through dirty tunics. But no, you want it all, don't you? Then find yourself a trusty weapon - they're lying around al over the place - and start freelancing as a hired gun.This story follows Azina, leader of a group of freelancing Mercenaries, hired by the Keepers for a search and rescue of four Prospectors. It was meant to be a cake-walk - especially with her team behind her. Bron, the muscle with robotic implants; Ret, Azina's second in command and field medic; Jinx, the temperamental explosives expert; and Sneak, Azina's mute tunnel rat and lookout. But even before the mission got started, spanners got thrown in the works with the tag-alongs of Oleg, a Keeper; Pennies, a Trader; and Glave, a Grinder husband of one of the missing Prospectors. All this piles on Alzina's shoulders and only gets heaver the longer the search goes on and the danger grows higher.
Diversity of the personalities amongst the characters was something that I really enjoyed. It is really nice the way that the personalities within the group meshed well together, how one person's weakness is supported by another's strength. It gave a nice dynamic to the story and helped to make me feel a connection with characters.
One of my favourite part of this novel was the use of the classic lines, like:
I'm afraid you'll just have to roll with the punches.Some people think that lines like this are too cliché, but they're classic for a reason. If they weren't good lines, they wouldn't be used as much as they are.
The place is quiet. Too quiet.
What I found really refreshing, is the new take on the whole zombie theme. I thought that I is really cool how the Zee's have these white eyes that glow and that they are all interconnected with one another and can sense their own and what others see and that they are all governed by The Hive Leader. But even with all these new spins on the theme, Hayes still kept the same basics with it starting with a disease go wrong and it spreading through being bitten and their saliva.
The only thing that I can nit-pick about is that it was too short! I got to the last page and I'm like, "Nooo! I need more!" xD So, all in all, a excellent book and one that I highly recommend!
4 out of 5