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Society is rocked by a sudden increase in the number of violent assaults on individuals. Christened 'Haters' by the media, the attackers strike without warning. The assaults are brutal, remorseless and extreme: within seconds, normally rational, self-controlled people are becoming maddened, vicious killers.
There are no apparent links as a hundred random attacks become a thousand, and then thousands, right across the country. Everyone, irrespective of gender, age, race, sexuality or any other difference, has the potential to become a victim - or a Hater. People are afraid to go to work, afraid to leave their homes and, increasingly, afraid that at any moment their friends, even their closest family, could turn on them with murderous intent.
By the end of today you could be dead. By the end of today you could be a killer. Attack first, ask questions later . . . but the answer might not be what you expect . . .
Not your typical zombie novel, Hater is a thrill ride and will have you on the edge of your seat begging for more. The main protagonist is Danny McCoyne, a man who hates his mundane, peanut paying job, his wife and at times his kids; he also hates his father-in-law who openly detests him. He’s a miserable man and to begin with this can be quite frustrating, that’s until his world is turned upside down by the Hater virus. A virus that turns people into paranoid psychopaths who brutally murder those who aren’t infected.
Some of the scenes describe by Moody are truly disturbing and vicious, “Someone shuffles out of the way and I can see that there’s a child attacking her. A girl of maybe eight or nine, no older, is virtually sitting on top of her, punching her and pulling her hair. Jesus, in one hand she’s got a tin of food and she’s using it to batter the woman. She lands the tin on her forehead and it immediately swells up in a bloody red welt. The woman is screaming and crying and… and bloody hell, she’s shouting out the girl’s name. Is she being beaten by her own daughter?” In this new world where violence is prevalent and almost everyone wants to kill you, can Danny become the man who can save his family from the virus?
The story takes a truly unexpected twist that blew my mind, it sets it apart from the rest of the zombie books and makes it unique and all that more terrifying. (SPOILER ALERT!)
We follow Danny and his family as they try their best to survive and not get infected or killed by those who are. The story takes a turning point when Danny becomes one of them, the haters. We are then experiencing the world from a Haters perspective, one of raw rage and hate towards those who aren’t, full of paranoia and violence. The mind-set of the Hater is truly disturbing, “Until now we’ve discriminated against each other according to race, religion, age, gender and just about every other differentiation imaginable. Look around you tonight and you’ll see that those differences are gone. Now, to put things as simplistically as possible, there is just “us and “them”, and it is impossible for us to coexist. We have no alternative but to fight, and we must keep fighting until we have wiped them out.” It make you want to read on and see how Danny can reunite with the rest of his family and whether or not the Hater virus will lead him to destroy those he loves.
The first book by Moody I have read and I’m glad I did, a master at describing situations that make your skin crawl, that make you want to close the book and lock it away but unable too because of the intense and exhilarating story plot. An author able to create characters you can relate too and then transport you into these situations. A great read that had me buying the next in the series, Dog Blood, straight away. An excellent read and highly recommended for those who like the horror and zombie genre.