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Wake (2013)

de Elizabeth Knox

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One sunny spring morning the Tasman Bay settlement of Kahukura is overwhelmed by a mysterious mass insanity. A handful of survivors find themselves cut off from the world, and surrounded by the dead. As they try to take care of one another, and survive in ever more difficult circumstances, it becomes apparent that they are trapped with something unseen, which is picking at the loose threads of their characters, corrupting, provoking, and haunting them.… (mais)
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A small New Zealand town is surrounded by an impenetrable field; almost everyone inside dies, with the exception of a few people who came into the town just before the barrier went up. They struggle to adapt and survive; this isn’t Lord of the Flies or even Under the Dome, but they have interacting weaknesses—and the force that locked them inside has plans for them. Decently done, but not a standout for me. ( )
  rivkat | Aug 3, 2016 |
Wow - this book was different than I was expecting. I picked this one up after reading an article about how Whitcoulls had confused this novel with another YA novel that Elizabeth Knox had released last year - the story was so real-life funny that I thought it deserved a purchase just on that basis!

The story starts with Theresa - a cop going to investigate a helicopter crash - in the small town of Kahukura in Tasman Bay NZ. When she arrives in the town she finds widespread mayhem instead of a sleepy tourist town. I think the whole scene is perfectly summed up by a couple who appear to be kissing by the roadside - oblivious to Theresa and anyone else. On second glance they're not kissing, they're biting each others faces - locked together in a mad embrace.

Almost all the residents of the small town kill each other in horrific ways - there's a scene set in a preschool which has indelibly imprinted in my mind - but even those still alive die inexplicably after an hour or two.

This leaves fourteen survivors - people who arrived after the madness descended - to discover they're now locked off from the mainland by a force-field that renders them unconscious if they try to leave the town.

I very much enjoyed this book. It was unexpected, unsettling, and has an emotional impact that will linger long after I've turned the last page. My only complaint - and I wish I could do 4.5 stars as it may be more to do with me than the book - is that I found it hard to keep track of fourteen people. I mixed them up or completely forgot the characters and then had to try to work out who the hell they were when they appeared.

I do have problems with names so this may be me-specific; I have to keep track of characters by actions rather than labels and when the characters are doing similar things I find it difficult to track.

The writing is very compact - Elizabeth Knox has a lovely light touch with words - and the content delivers a satisfying emotional connection to the situation and the characters. Even at my slow reading pace I never had trouble picking the book up at night and instantly re-connecting with the story.

As mentioned above there are probably parts of this that will linger on in my memory for a long time - something to dwell on and send chills of fear through me on sleepless nights.

A truly engaging and enjoyable read - I highly recommend it. This woman could teach Stephen King a thing or two! ( )
2 vote kathay | Sep 26, 2014 |
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One sunny spring morning the Tasman Bay settlement of Kahukura is overwhelmed by a mysterious mass insanity. A handful of survivors find themselves cut off from the world, and surrounded by the dead. As they try to take care of one another, and survive in ever more difficult circumstances, it becomes apparent that they are trapped with something unseen, which is picking at the loose threads of their characters, corrupting, provoking, and haunting them.

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