Book Review: State of Decay

State of Decay

State of Decay, by James Knapp

Nico Wachalowski is a FBI agent investigating a conspiracy where zombie-like revivors are being programmed to murder. Revivors are reanimated corpses, typically used in battle. An old flame, an alcoholic psychic, and a tough cage fighter all become involved in Wachalowski’s investigation. With their help, he must uncover his dangerous plot before all the evidence is erased.

The story is told from each of the four main characters’ point of view, in first person. At first, these complex characters seem random, but it isn’t long before their paths connect in different ways. Knapp has created a strange and eerie world where quality of life is determined by whether or not you serve in the military or donate your body to become a revivor after death – how much you are willing to give of yourself to the government to live a comfortable life.

This impressive debut incorporates a futuristic technology, fantasy, zombie-like creatures, mystery, danger, and intrigue. It’s a dark and gritty, complex story, full of intense excitement and suspense. With the creepy feeling of zombie horror, this fantastic mystery thriller will satisfy any genre fan.


State of Decay will release from Roc Books on February 2, 2010.