In Day 5 of the Dead Meat series, the zombie outbreak is continuing to spread. While the media continues to tell the public to stay calm, borders are closing and the public is quickly realizing that they need to get out or create a safe place as soon as possible.
Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. I also purchased a copy!
Let’s dive in!
My Thoughts on Dead Meat: Day 5 by Nick Clausen
THESE JUST KEEP GETTING MORE AND MORE INTENSE!
In my review of Day 4, I noted how out of control things are getting, and I loved that it ramped up even more in this book!
Also like my last review, I have to note that reading this during COVID-19 is incredibly eerie as there are many things that are similar to the pandemic we’re currently going through. Check out my favorite passages below to see examples of some that really gave me chills.
In Day 5, even though we are quickly approaching total chaos, I love that Nick Clausen is still able to perfectly weave each varying perspective into one another. I am particularly fond of when two or more storylines merge together into one when they cross paths.
From the plot standpoint, I don’t want to give anything away so I will simply say two things.
- I LOVED the scenes set on the two boats. My goodness these were spooky and unsettling!
- This one seemed to be the darkest and most stressful read of the bunch so far! I loved it!
I could not stop reading this one. Pairing the varying perspectives with the sudden jumps to another character, I just had to keep reading to see how each situation turned out!
There were MANY times I picked this up in-between other life-related tasks (like work, sleep, dishes, etc.) and kept telling myself, “Just one more chapter.” That method is just torture here! I couldn’t wait to dive back in each time I had to put it down.
My Favorite Passages from Dead Meat: Day 5
My first favorite passage is from the copyright page: No zombies were harmed in the making of this book.
“I didn’t even catch your name,” he goes on, securing his seat belt. “Mines Michael.”
“Josefine. Nice to meet you.” Without thinking she offers him her hand.
He looks at it, then looks up at her. “We better not. The virus, you know.”
“Oh. Sorry.” She pulls back her hand, feeling stupid.
“Don’t be sorry. Just get used to it. We’ll all be practicing social distancing for the foreseeable future.”
It’s completely empty, both of cars and pedestrians. The whole town seems eerily quiet. Maybe it’s because of the curfew, but he gets the sense that everything is holding its breath, waiting for something bad to happen.
The skull of the dead guy, however, is suddenly open like a soft-boiled egg, the top quarters missing completely.
My Final Thoughts on Dead Meat: Day 5
You all know how much I love a great zombie story. If you enjoy zombies as well but haven’t yet checked this series out, make sure you change that asap!
Again, I know I keep saying this… but Day 5 is my new favorite of the series! I loved how intense this one was from start to finish and how it caught me off guard quite a few times.
I cannot wait to see what happens on Day 6!
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Thanks for reading!
And thank you again to Nick Clausen for sending me a copy of this novella!