Reviewed by Karen Stevens
In a zombie-filled world of the future the few remaining human survivors are living in fortified compounds or constantly travelling in convoys. Half a dozen refugees from the compound of Eden are in search of a better place to live. On their journey they face danger from both bands of the restless undead and other humans. But even if they find a new home fractures in their own group may prove to be more dangerous than the ever-hungry zombie hoards.
Eden: Crusade is a difficult book to write a review for because itâ€™s hard to tell the potential reader anything without giving too much away. Itâ€™s a sequel to Eden but can be read as a stand-alone novel (which I did). The characters in Eden: Crusade are very well-drawn and realistic, showing the hardness and black humour youâ€™d expect from people who are struggling to survive in such an environment. These people arenâ€™t heroes, theyâ€™re survivors, and much more real for it. The action is relentless, if occasionally â€“ and realistically – gory (zombies arenâ€™t respecters of either gender or age when it comes to their victims), with flashes of black humour and pop culture references that lighten the tone where necessary.
Iâ€™m not a zombie fan but I thoroughly enjoyed Eden: Crusade. Itâ€™s a fast-paced, thundering juggernaut of a book that sweeps the reader along; if youâ€™re donâ€™t mind bad language and gore you could do far worse then check it out. Highly recommended.