She must get him past the growing legions of the infected, through the military quarantine, and out of the hands of Jimmy Wade, a criminal gang leader who has his own plans for what to do with a boy who might be a cure.
Escape may be impossible from Q Island.
As an avid reader of post-apocalyptic fiction, I’ve learned to approach new authors with caution. So many simply resort to the tired old tropes of the genre rather than looking for a new angle or technique. Which is why I was pleasantly surprised with Q Island. Having the infection turn people into crazed, super strong killers who retain most of their intelligence and cunning is a bit of a twist over the typical mindless zombie hordes populating the genre.
The biggest twist however was introducing two of the main characters who seemed to actually be improved and enhanced by the disease. Following their separate journeys and ultimate intersection was fascinating.
The characters were all very relatable and realistically depicted for the most part. I also appreciated the inclusion of an interesting origin story for the disease. Most post apocalypse novels just drop a world-ending virus into the beginning of the story with little explanation for how it came about. In my opinion, the backstory provides just enough plausibility to aid the reader’s suspension of reality so they can simply enjoy the story.
Despite all of these positives, there were a few things I didn’t like so much which ended up bringing the overall rating down a bit.
All in all though, the flaws mentioned above are relatively minor. There are far more positives with Q Island than negatives. The plot, pacing, characters and originality are all above average. If you’re a fan of post apocalypse fiction, you should put this one on your TBR list or better yet, just put it on your Kindle and give it a read. You won’t be sorry.
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