Apocalypse Cow – Michael Logan

11 May

Started – 7/5/12

Finished – 11/5/12

Format – Paperback Book

Synopsis – When scientists with warped imaginations accidentally unleash an experimental bioweapon that transforms Britain’s animals into sneezing, bloodthirsty zombies with a penchant for pre-dinner sex with their victims, three misfits become the unlikely hope for salvation.

Abattoir worker Terry Borders’ love life is crippled by the stench of death that clings to his skin from his days spent slaughtering cows; teenage vegan Geldof ‘Scabby’ Peters alternates between scratching furiously at his rash and baiting his overbearing New Age mother; and inept journalist Lesley McBrien struggles forlornly in the shadow of her famous war correspondent father and the star journalist at the Glasgow Tribune.

When Britain begins a rapid descent into chaos and ministers cynically attempt to blame al-Qaeda, Lesley stumbles upon proof that the government is behind the outbreak. During her bumbling quest to unveil the truth, she crosses paths with Terry and Geldof, and together they set out to escape a quarantined Britain with the evidence and vital data that could unlock a cure for the virus.

Standing in the way are rampaging hordes of animals, a ruthless security agent and an army ready to shoot anybody with a case of the sniffles on the off-chance the virus has mutated.

Three losers. Overwhelming odds. A single outcome: the world is screwed.

My Thoughts – I was sent this book by the publishers, Transworld in exchange for a review. Now although this book isnt my usual genre, when i read the synopsis i really had to read it.

This book is about several unlikely heroes who need to try and get out of Britain as the animals are turning into bloodythirsty zombies. There is Geldof, who is born to hippy parents and is a vegetarian. However, as a teenage boy he is none to happy about this and craves meat. Their is Lesley, a journalist, although not a very good one who is the daughter of a high profile journalist and wants to prove herself. Lastly there is Terry, an abattoir worker who is one of the first to come across the virus in its horrific form. Together they must work together to get the proof out of the country and the formula to develop a vaccine.

One of the main concerns throughout the book is can the virus spread from animals to humans? And what would happen if it did. Now i am not a fan of zombies at all, to be honest the idea of them scare me and i dont always enjoy zombie books. Now this was good. There is a bit of Zombie theme in the book, but not enough to be scary. This was a very good twist on the very much overdone zombie genre.

This book is very very good. It has all different themes to it. It is very funny in places some parts of the book had me laughing out loud. For example when Geldof is having his teenage fanasties about his next door neighbour. Also it is quite a sexual book, so probably not one to lend out to youngsters, but very good for a more adult audience. At the same time, parts are quite gruesome and upsetting, but this is to be expected from a book like this.

The overall thing that struck me was if this really happened the world would be screwed, Britain is a tiny little island and we could just be cut out from the rest of the world which was a bit of a scary thought.

The ending of the book was left open a bit so I’m hoping that their could be a sequal in the future, i would definitaly read it.

This book is seriously good, i would highly recommend it and would say . . . Read it ๐Ÿ˜€

Rating – 4.5/5

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6 Responses to “Apocalypse Cow – Michael Logan”

  1. beckyday6 May 11, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

    Haha, this sounds awesome! What genre would you say it is? Is it kind of a dark comedy horror type thing?

    • shelovestoread May 13, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

      Its brilliant, so funny! Yeah its kind of in that genre, i wasnt too sure where to put it, but that kinda sums it up ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. ocdreader May 15, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

    That sounds hilarious! I love it. Great review and I most definitely need to pick this one up.

    • shelovestoread May 16, 2012 at 7:51 pm #

      Thank you ๐Ÿ˜€ do read this, its one of my favourite books of the year ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. josje June 25, 2012 at 12:28 am #

    I should like to join the blog hop of june! Like the review!

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