Survivor Song



Survivor SongFresh And Surprising Survivor Song May Be One Of Tremblay S Best Beautifully Detailed, Viscerally Frightening, And Deep With Emotional Resonance Dan Chaon, New York Times Bestselling Author Of Ill WillA Riveting Novel Of Suspense And Terror From The Bram Stoker Award Winning Author Of The Cabin At The End Of The World And A Head Full Of GhostsIn A Matter Of Weeks, Massachusetts Has Been Overrun By An Insidious Rabies Like Virus That Is Spread By Saliva But Unlike Rabies, The Disease Has A Terrifyingly Short Incubation Period Of An Hour Or Less Those Infected Quickly Lose Their Minds And Are Driven To Bite And Infect As Many Others As They Can Before They Inevitably Succumb Hospitals Are Inundated With The Sick And Dying, And Hysteria Has Taken Hold To Try To Limit Its Spread, The Commonwealth Is Under Quarantine And Curfew But Society Is Breaking Down And The Government S Emergency Protocols Are FalteringDr Ramola Rams Sherman, A Soft Spoken Pediatrician In Her Mid Thirties, Receives A Frantic Phone Call From Natalie, A Friend Who Is Eight Months Pregnant Natalie S Husband Has Been Killed Viciously Attacked By An Infected Neighbor And In A Failed Attempt To Save Him, Natalie, Too, Was Bitten Natalie S Only Chance Of Survival Is To Get To A Hospital As Quickly As Possible To Receive A Rabies Vaccine The Clock Is Ticking For Her And For Her Unborn ChildNatalie S Fight For Life Becomes A Desperate Odyssey As She And Rams Make Their Way Through A Hostile Landscape Filled With Dangers Beyond Their Worst Nightmares Terrifying, Strange, And Sometimes Deadly Challenges That Push Them To The Brink Paul Tremblay Once Again Demonstrates His Mastery In This Chilling And All Too Plausible Novel That Will Leave Readers Racing Through The Pages And Shake Them To Their Core

Paul Tremblay is the author of DISAPPEARANCE AT DEVIL S ROCK and the award winning A HEAD FULL OF GHOSTS His other novels include THE LITTLE SLEEP Henry Holt , NO SLEEP TILL WONDERLAND Henry Holt , SWALLOWING A DONKEY S EYE Chizine Publications , and the YA novel FLOATING BOY AND THE GIRL WHO COULDN T FLY co written with Stephen Graham Jones, as P T Jones He is the author of the short story collections COMPOSITIONS FOR THE YOUNG AND OLD Prime and IN THE MEAN TIME Chizine Publications His essays and short fiction have appeared in the Los Angeles Times and numerous year s best anthologies He is the co editor of four anthologies including CREATURES Thirty Years of Monster Stories with John Langan Paul is a member of the board of directors for the Shirley Jackson Awards He lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts, has a master s degree in Mathematics, and has no uvula You can find him online at www.paultremblay.net.Paul is very truthful and declarative in his bios He once gained three inches of height in a single twelve hour period, and he does not have a uvula His second toe is longer than his big toe, and yes, on both feet He has a master s degree in mathematics, teaches AP Calculus, and once made twenty seven three pointers in a row He enjoys reading The Tale of Mr Jeremy Fisher aloud in a faux British accent to his two children He is also reading this bio aloud, now, with the same accent He lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts and he is represented by Stephen Barbara, InkWell Management.

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  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • Survivor Song
  • Paul Tremblay
  • English
  • 07 October 2017
  • 0062679163

10 thoughts on “Survivor Song

  1. karen says:

    NOW AVAILABLE months later, i am still in quarantine, wondering if all of this has been an extremely ballsy publicity stunt by paul tremblay to promote this book WELL PLAYED, TREMBLAY when is a zombie novel not a zombie novel when paul tremblay s writing it I was kind of joking when I said zombies, but not joking at the same time They re sick people and they turn delusional and violent and they bite, but i NOW AVAILABLE months later, i am still in quarantine, wondering if all of this has been an extremely ballsy publicity stunt by paul tremblay to promote this book WELL PLAYED, TREMBLAY when is a zombie novel not a zombie novel when paul tremblay s writing it I was kind of joking when I said zombies, but not joking at the same time They re sick people and they turn delusional and violent and they bite, but it s easier to say zombie than a person infected with a super rabies virus and no longer capable of making good decisions with all the coronavirus panic going on right now, this was a perfectly timed read for me ain t nothing like reading a horror novel about a highly communicable disease whilst riding on a subway car filled with people wearing surgical masks it s right up there with the time i was reading The Plague on a deserted subway platform around 2am and a rat ran over my foot good times this is one horrifying, propulsive ride, where all the action takes place over the course of a few hours, in the book version of real time, telling the tale of a super rabies virus that is fast acting, reason obliterating, communicable AF, and fatal oh, and bitey soooo bitey if you ve read The Cabin at the End of the World, you know that tremblay is not going to pull any of his punches he s an old school concrete surfaced playground beckoning you to come skin your knobby little knees this one starts brutal and doesn t let up, and it s a reminder that effective horror needn t have any supernatural elements at all science isthan terrifying enough the descriptions of afflicted humans how their lurchy staggery gait sounds across gravel, their word salad babblings and barking coughing ejaculations, and dear god the way they BITE, it is intense, it is chilling, it is goddamned good fun.the horror is offset by humor, pop culture references, and he even managed to sneak some MATH in there like it s SCHOOL like The Cabin at the End of the World, it centers around the question of what are you willing to do to save the ones you love and while some of the decisions here are ethically dubious and put innocent, uninfected lives at risk, hey times is hard and this playground ain t padded a special shout out for the tiny terrors of infected cuties Danger skulks undercover in the fields the tall grass bows and waves, whispering of the epic battle to come The zombie foxes are the first to attack The scent of their musk announces their stealthy approach The zombie raccoons are next Their snorts and chitters fill the air, broadcasting their immutable intentions.and you guys a zombie deer all of this woodland animal menace occurs in the section called You Will Not Feel Me Between Your Teeth, which if i am remembering what he told me correctly was paul s desired title for this novel, inexplicably shot down but at least there s a tiny fox on the bookspine.a wonderful terror of a book THIS ONE HAS TEETH rabies tremblay rabies tremblay rabies tremblay rabies tremblay rabies tremblay rabies tremblay rabies tremblay rabies tremblay rabies tremblay rabies tremblay rabies tremblay rabies tremblay rabies tremblay rabies tremblay rabies tremblay rabies tremblay rabies tremblay RABIES TREMBLAY FOX ON THE COVER and just like that, i m having a better day even BETTER than that day was when i got my inscribed ARC of this in the mail, along with this crazy little bookmark pin combo, and i don t yet know what it MEANS, but it looks like The Tailypo A Ghost Story, so i am already deliciously freaked out REVIEW TO COME SO MANY TEETH, YOU GUYS come to my blog

  2. Debra says:

    Things I have learned while reading this book in no particular order 1 Never leave you door open while bringing in the groceries2 People who force their way into your home are dangerous3 Rabies sucks4 Paul Tremblay has done it againMassachusetts has been overrun by a rabies like virus that affecting both animals and humans alike Its incubation period is short Symptoms will come on fast If bitten you must get help faster than the virus can go through your system Plus, hospitals are inun Things I have learned while reading this book in no particular order 1 Never leave you door open while bringing in the groceries2 People who force their way into your home are dangerous3 Rabies sucks4 Paul Tremblay has done it againMassachusetts has been overrun by a rabies like virus that affecting both animals and humans alike Its incubation period is short Symptoms will come on fast If bitten you must get help faster than the virus can go through your system Plus, hospitals are inundated and there may not be enough vaccines Hysteria has kicked in, people are panicking, and society is breaking downNever leave me and I will never leave you Neither now nor ever Dr Ramola Rams Sherman is a pediatrician who received a phone call from her eight month pregnant friend, Natalie Natalie s husband has been killed and she has been bitten Natalie and her unborn child s chance of surviving is getting to a hospital in time Will Natalie make it How will Rams help This book takes place over a short period of time as these two women try desperately to get Natalie help There is danger out there, the night is dark, and Ramona must examine what she is willing to do to save her friend What would you do Tremblay sets the stage and has the reader in position as a silent observer as these two women try to survive in this scary tale of survival I rooted for them both, and for other characters as well Tremblay knows how to create characters the reader will care for, he sucks you in so that you feel their pain, their sense of loss, their fear and their hope Friendship, the ties that bind and the things you do for love, really make this book both enjoyable and heartbreaking Did I mention that rabies sucks Another brilliant book to add to his collection A very timely book that deals with a virus that has come out of nowhere Well written, well thought out, perfected paced and scary It s one you will want to sink your teeth into I know, I know bad pun But it will have you turning the pages and feeling the tension.Thank you to Paul Tremblay, William Morrow and Goodreads who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own

  3. Chelsea Humphrey says:

    I m not sure if I fall under the glutton for punishment umbrella or if I just really enjoy apocalyptic horror, but I have been reading all of the horror books that should make me uncomfortable during a worldwide pandemic If you are the type who won t be able to sleep after reading a book about people getting sick and dying in a widespread manner right now, that s completely understandable, but my hope is that things will be settling into our new normal by July when this book is set to be publ I m not sure if I fall under the glutton for punishment umbrella or if I just really enjoy apocalyptic horror, but I have been reading all of the horror books that should make me uncomfortable during a worldwide pandemic If you are the type who won t be able to sleep after reading a book about people getting sick and dying in a widespread manner right now, that s completely understandable, but my hope is that things will be settling into our new normal by July when this book is set to be published Most of the plot is listed in the synopsis, so other than the very end of the book, there aren t a ton of traditional surprises, but I felt the purpose of this book was beyond twists and surprises, andwith the level of terror that the author instills in the reader Also, I don t believe I ve read a book to date that included zombie animals, and that was pretty cool If you re a horror junkie who enjoys the running from bad things and a ticking clock that resembles a metaphorical bomb, you need this bookMany thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.

  4. megs_bookrack says:

    HAPPY RELEASE DAY TO PAUL TREMBLAY AND SURVIVOR SONG Now available 4.5 stars rounded up THERE WILL NEVER, EVER, EVER BE A BETTER TIME TO READ THIS BOOK.After the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is hit by a super contagious strain of a rabies like virus, the entire state goes into lockdown.Hospitals are overrun, public resources drained, people are ordered to go into quarantine and it is literally dangerous to go outside.Dr Ramola Rams Sherman receives frantic news from her best friend, HAPPY RELEASE DAY TO PAUL TREMBLAY AND SURVIVOR SONG Now available 4.5 stars rounded up THERE WILL NEVER, EVER, EVER BE A BETTER TIME TO READ THIS BOOK.After the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is hit by a super contagious strain of a rabies like virus, the entire state goes into lockdown.Hospitals are overrun, public resources drained, people are ordered to go into quarantine and it is literally dangerous to go outside.Dr Ramola Rams Sherman receives frantic news from her best friend, Natalie, who is currently 8 months pregnant with her first child.Apparently, Natalie s husband has just been killed after an infected neighbor broke into their home and attacked them Making matters worse, if that s even possible, Natalie was bitten by the infected man during the attack.Due to the very rapid rate of progression for the virus, the clock is ticking for Natalie She needs to get medical care right away and calls the one person she knows will help her, Rams.Natalie makes her way to Rams and the two women set out together to try to make it to the closest hospital Even though the hospitals are at max capacity, the fact that Ramola is employed there as a pediatrician, makes them think that they will be able to receive care.The rest of the novel takes place over just a matter of hours, as the two women race against time to try to save Natalie and her unborn child.This book is compact and extremely intense Following Rams and Natalie on their journey was so incredibly vivid I could completely imagine what they were seeing, hearing and feeling.Picking up Survivor Song in the midst of a global pandemic, I will say, is a surreal experience.Within the first 20 pages, I m thinking, is Paul Tremblay clarivoyant How the heck did he release this book at just the right moment I think reading this, hot on the heels of the beginning of the pandemic, when we were first coming under quarantine, for the first time in my life, made this soul shattering story evenimpactful.While this is a horror story that, in concept is as frightening as hell, to me the most important aspect of the story, the aspect that effected me the most, was the relationship between Rams and Nats.Their relationship reminded me so much of my own relationship with my best friend, Nichole Just imagining going through what these women were going through, the choices they had to make, it tore my heart out.I ll admit it, I cried It was very much one of those, there but for the grace of God, go I moments for me It was hard to read.I texted her a few times throughout the ending of the story and of course she was sympathetic She knows how I get with my stories There was one scene that I did have to skip over, but I don t think editing that out for myself diminished any of the story for me.For those curious, view spoiler it involved what I believe would be the death of a dog, as a group of characters were forcing their way into people s homes and killing family pets hide spoiler in an ignorant attempt to halt the spread of the virus.I m too sensitive on that topic to subject myself to that, so I just flipped on through.With that being said, this is an great story One that will haunt me for years to come and isn t that really what Horror it is all about Thank you so much to the publisher, William Morrow, for providing me with a copy of this to read and review.This was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, and as I expected, Tremblay does not disappoint Get your hands on this as soon as you can, I know a lot of people are going to be talking about it

  5. David Putnam says:

    I enjoyed this book it kept me turning the pages by continually ramping up the tension There are two strong female characters that are easy to cheer for The story is an odyssey where the two women have to get from point A to point B during a viral pandemic Because what s happening out in the world I was hesitant to read this one It s not a true zombie movie it s a mutated rabies virus that makes people crazy and highly contagious I hesitate to saywithout spoiling the plot This is a s I enjoyed this book it kept me turning the pages by continually ramping up the tension There are two strong female characters that are easy to cheer for The story is an odyssey where the two women have to get from point A to point B during a viral pandemic Because what s happening out in the world I was hesitant to read this one It s not a true zombie movie it s a mutated rabies virus that makes people crazy and highly contagious I hesitate to saywithout spoiling the plot This is a short quick read with a lot of tension For those readers who like this sort of conflict, I highly recommend the writing craft is above average Won this ARC in a Goodreads contest.David Putnam author of the Bruno Johnson series

  6. Will Byrnes says:

    In the coming days, conditions will continue to deteriorate Emergency services and other public safety nets will be stretched to their breaking points, exacerbated by the wily antagonists of fear, panic, misinformation, a myopic, sluggish federal bureaucracy further hamstrung by a president unwilling and woefully unequipped to make the rational, science based decisions necessary and exacerbated, of course, by plain old individual everyday evil There is something very eerie at work in Paul In the coming days, conditions will continue to deteriorate Emergency services and other public safety nets will be stretched to their breaking points, exacerbated by the wily antagonists of fear, panic, misinformation, a myopic, sluggish federal bureaucracy further hamstrung by a president unwilling and woefully unequipped to make the rational, science based decisions necessary and exacerbated, of course, by plain old individual everyday evil There is something very eerie at work in Paul Tremblay s latest novel, Survivor Song, but not in the way you might expect from this author It was written before the current Summer 2020 corona virus pandemic became a global menace It portrays a smaller event, an epidemic, focused in New England, but anticipates many of the issues that now manifest as real We will come back to this Paul Tremblay image from wikimedia In case you have not had your RDA of zombie based entertainment, Paul Tremblay s got your back, and no, he won t bite it Tremblay is very fond of identifying a horror trope and then creating his own take on it The zombie trope, like many, is a format within which to write about other things It is supposed to be a scary story, of course, but, in the same way that the format of a sonnet offers a structure, but no real direction on content There are common elements to zombie storiez Create immediate crisis, add a clock to it Gotta rush or something awful will happen Check Zombie invades the home of a couple, kills the guy, bites the woman, before she kills him But this is a new sort of virus, a special form of rabies with an insane rate of development, so our heroine needs to get to serious medical care ASAP There is a vaccine at the hospital Tick, tock.Give your characters somewhere they need to be and start stripping away the means they have to get from here to there Yep all modes of transportation are challenged in one way or another.Add to the unnatural evil loose on the world a large dose of stupidity, and or human malevolence You know the sort, the person s who will absolutely, positively not believe a word our hero or heroine says, and will try to clamp them in irons, kill them, or in some other way impede their progress, sooner than heed reality Sometimes it s the government official trying to hide evidence of a secret experimental program gone awry, or a bigoted southern hayseed sheriff who pulls you over for driving while desperate Uh huh More the latter here, northern this time Streetside vigilantes Give them AR 15s and have them tricked out head to toe in the latest in camo couture, toting all the military gear they have been collecting in their basements, and have them menace anyone not in their tribe, as they seek to apply their very non scientific solution to the problem If the zombies here were looking for brains, and came across these folks, they would come away unsatisfied I happened to be in England for my first time ever doing some book events I was sitting on a train and I started writing in my notebook I thought about some of my previous novels, most of which sort of take the horror trope and try to look at it in a different way, or if not a different way I try to maybe ground that story in reality I wrote down zombie I was like, Oh, how would I do that When I first asked myself, How would I read this in reality the rabies virus instantly occurred to me So, I had some of the science there that I wanted to have the characters deal with I tried to take real rabies and just move up the speed of infection rate from the Rollingstone interviewIf the elements noted and I am sure there areare a part of the, or a standard zombie framework, I m fine with that This is a favorite approach of Tremblay s, offering his own take on an established trope But it felt a bit excessive to go after reader affections with a just a few moments ago widowed pregnant woman Maybe give her cancer too Oh, wait, she was bitten by the zombie that killed her husband, and has only so much time before she manifests the symptoms Fine, whatever I was reminded of Harper in Joe Hill s The Fireman, also pregnant, also afflicted with a MacGuffin osis, dragonscale in that case Will Harper burst into flames Will Natalie lose her mind to the super rabies that is spreading so dynamically, and become a mindless violence machine Has this become standard fare in the zombie ouevre Am I wrong to see this as excess Seriously, I am not sure Zombie philes, Z files please, let me know.Ok, so Natalie is in need of medical intervention Good thing her bff is Doctor Ramola Sherman, aka Rams Nats gets in touch, Rams gets moving, and these two will face the next few hours the fast paced duration of this novel together, Nats deteriorating, Rams trying to cut through red tape and BS to get Nats the help she needs Will it be enough Will it be in time Tick tock So, fast paced, action adventure of type Z The bond between Rams and Nats is nicely drawn, looking back at their time together in Providence before life added responsibilities, and catching up on their friendship to the present Our focus remains on these two throughout, with only occasional side trips to social media or alternate character perspectives There are attacks to be survived, and progress to a destination to be made, all within a relatively local range I had no contacts in the CDC or anything like that I really wanted to focus on what it would be like at a small suburban hospital a local outbreak My sister is a nurse at Beth Israel Hospital in downtown Boston, so most of my research on what the response would be was through her I got to see what some hospitals response plans would be from the Rollingstone interview Now to the eerie bit Sorry, zombies are pretty garden variety these days, even though Tremblay does his bit to differentiate them by making their zombie hood short term They do not die and return to chase brains ad nauseum He also tosses in zombie animals, which is a totally fitting touch, given that this is super rabies epidemic At almost every step of the way, Nats and Rams encounter impediments, questions, or problems that could have been taken from any newspaper over the last several months Looks like Tremblay s sister knew what she was talking about ICUs being overwhelmed, hospitals being overwhelmed, physician shortages, materials shortages, not enough PPEs, not enough vaccines, talking about which state might be safer to be in, limitations on state border crossings, governments not having their acts together to cope with a sudden crisis Tremblay had some serious voodoo working to have predicted with such creepy accuracy the challenges that our advanced medical care system would experience when faced with an epidemic level crisis And while the malady in question is, no doubt, extreme, it is not supernatural Really, how big a stretch is it to posit a variation of rabies that was faster acting andvirulent So, Survivor Song is worth checking out for this frisson of recognition you will experience in ripping through this very fast read While the speed with which this virus infects is terrifying, it shouldn t prevent us from containing it If anything, given how quickly people succumb to the virus, if we can maintain a proper quarantine and isolation, we should be able to contain the outbreak But that presumes people do not panic, that correct information and instruction are disseminated efficiently to the public, that the federal government follows the CDCs recommendations to be proactive with vaccine, and not reactive We should be offering prophylaxis to whoever comes through these doors Do we have enough vaccine to do that No, we don t Only Spot Fricking On Finally, there is the content that is being carried along by the trope Not tough seeing what that might be Tremblay points it out to us from time to time A woman shouts from above, She had great power and was dreaded by all the world The door slams shut and then swings open without a pause Surrounded by a high wall, she says sing song, lilting at high and separating wall into two syllables Her voice is the same tone and pitch as the alarm and it sounds like there are two of her The woman continues shouting between the piston like opening and closing of the door Let it cost what it will cost Could be a segment on Fox and Friends It is not just Trumpkins who are targeted, but those in society who make careers of denying reality it will burrow, digging like a nasty tick it will migrate and it will return all but encouraged and welcomed in a country where science and forethought are allowed to be dirty words, where humanity s greatest invention the vaccine is smeared and vilified by narcissistic, purposeful fools the most dangerous kind , where fear is harvested for fame, profit, and self esteem The militia sorts shown here would have fit in quite nicely in Charlottesville.One of the things about being an excellent writer is that one s prior work has established a high bar The result is that any new work that does not meet that previous high level can be seen as disappointing, even if, had it been put out by an unknown writer, it might be seen as top drawer Survivor Song has a lot going for it Page turning fast action, it is teeth deep into a version of real contemporary plague, and offers some intelligent perspective on real world problems Yet, after having loved The Cabin at the End of the World and Growing Things and Other Stories, I liked this one, but did not love it While I liked Rams and Nats, I did love them Does that make me a bad person Gut level three and half, boosted up to four for the thoughtfulness of the real world considerations and excellent awkward timing of putting out a plague book during a time of actual plague At least Tremblay s plague is not one we have to cope with in the real world, yet Review posted July 3, 2020Publication date July 7, 2020 EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author s personal, Twitter and FB pages Q AI wondered if Tremblay was maybe poking a little fun at himself by introducing a character named Paul who drove a stick shift Subaru with over 200K miles on it and who clung dearly to an outmoded phone So I did what one does, I asked GR has an ask the author feature on author profile pages Tremblay was extremely gracious and quick in his response Maybe a small self tweak I do missing driving a stick I currently drive a hybrid but that Paul and me don t share an affinity for old tech and things that break down easily.I also asked why he used Song in the title My favorite songs tend to be short, fast, and a mix of hopeful and melancholy It was the vibe I wanted to go for with this book If you have any questions for one of our best writers of horror, you might check out his profile page and just go on ahead and ask You can do so here.Interviews Rollingstone What It s Like Releasing a Novel About a Deadly Virus in the Middle of Pandemic By Brenna Ehrlich Blood in the Gears Paul Tremblay on the Craft of Writing mostly on Cabin at the End of the World, but enough is generic to make it useful Hangouts on Air 2 17 45 Tremblay with othersSongs Music The Cranberries Zombie A literal Survivor Song Do Nats and Rams have the Eye of the Tiger My reviews of other books by Paul Tremblay 2019 Growing Things and Other Stories 2018 The Cabin at the End of the World

  7. Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror says:

    Beware Paul Tremblay is not interested in writing stories readers can walk away from unscathed Survivor Song will leave emotional trenches in your heart long after you ve finished trying to ugly cry and read at the same time Cemetery Dance review coming soon

  8. Char says:

    4.5 5 stars SURVIVOR SONG consists of the fastest 320 pages I ve ever read Nats, Natalie , is waiting at home for her husband to return from the store This is no ordinary trip, however In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, there is a virus loosea fast acting rabies virus that turns its victims, animal and human alike into rabid, see what I did there , strong, uber violent attackers Those infected will attack cars, humans, pretty much anything at all, and Natalie s husband is late Wi 4.5 5 stars SURVIVOR SONG consists of the fastest 320 pages I ve ever read Nats, Natalie , is waiting at home for her husband to return from the store This is no ordinary trip, however In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, there is a virus loosea fast acting rabies virus that turns its victims, animal and human alike into rabid, see what I did there , strong, uber violent attackers Those infected will attack cars, humans, pretty much anything at all, and Natalie s husband is late With Natalie being very pregnant, this is quite a scary turn of events Will Nats husband ever return If so, will he be infected or not What happens to Natalie s unborn baby You ll have to read this to find out I started this book in earnest early yesterday afternoon, with only part of a previous lunch hour dedicated to it previously , and I had a hard time putting it down The main characters, the previously mentioned Natalie and her friend Ramola, were so human, so REAL, that I never doubted the actions of either one of them Unfortunately, I never doubted the bad guys in this story either I have to admit though, that some I thought were bad guys, weren t spoiled through and through and I ended up shedding some tears for a couple of them, to be honest Most of the others, though I had no problem believing in them either, because all I have to do is turn on the television any time, night or day, to see them in real life As in any zombie story, I can hear Ramola now, in her British accent They re NOT zombies , the real story is with the survivors The things they have to do, or are forced to do, to save lives or to take them This tale is brutal in that regard the loss of humanity, or perhaps the salvation of humanitywe never know which is which at the time, do we I got a bit of a kick that the story takes place in my home state and that I was familiar with some of the places mentioned For me, the locations made this tale evenreal The only issues I had were that I wished it was a bit longer and, though I enjoyed the denouement and the end, I would have preferred a bitexplanation For the latter reason I deducted half a star I don t need everything wrapped up with a bow, but some elaboration would have pleased meSURVIVOR SONG is destined to be up there on top tens lists this year and it deserves to be My highest recommendation Available July 7, 2020 but you can pre order here I received the e ARC of this book from William Morrow, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest feedback This is it

  9. Rachel (TheShadesofOrange) says:

    4.0 StarsSpoiler Free Video Review book holds all the trademarks of a classic Paul Tremblay horror novel and fans of his work will not be disappointed Compared to his other horror books, this one most closely follows the narrative structure of Cabin at the End of the World with a similar level of action and suspense Once again Tremblay provides his own literary spin on a classic subgenre of horror In this one, he takes on the apocalyptic horror, but chooses t 4.0 StarsSpoiler Free Video Review book holds all the trademarks of a classic Paul Tremblay horror novel and fans of his work will not be disappointed Compared to his other horror books, this one most closely follows the narrative structure of Cabin at the End of the World with a similar level of action and suspense Once again Tremblay provides his own literary spin on a classic subgenre of horror In this one, he takes on the apocalyptic horror, but chooses to tell an intimate character focused story rather than the scaling epic normally found in the subgenre.Tremblay is easily one of the stronger horror writers writing and I am always so impressed by his prose His books have a literary feel, although this story felt a bitgenre than his previous work As usual, his characters were interesting and well developed One of the main characters identified as asexual, which added a nice piece of underrepresented diversity to the novel.Reading this during the Coronavirus pandemic of 2020, I was floored by how accurately Tremblay predicted the details of this viral pandemic From self isolation and quarantines to fights at the grocery stores, the book was certainly unsettling to read in the midst of the current events This story could certainly be triggering to anyone suffering from anxiety during this crisis Also, I should warn that this novel goes to some dark places and will almost certainly mess with your emotions There were certainly a few gut punch moments in this one.I am not the biggest fan of the pandemic post apocalyptic genre So if I enjoyed the subgenre , I likely would have rated this one even higher I found the setup to be quite engaging, but I found the mandatory tropes of the genre, like travelling to safety, to be a bit tiring to read.While the synopsis made this sound like a zombie book, it s really not This became an ongoing joke throughout the novel with one of the characters constantly correcting everyone who inaccurately labelled the infected as zombies There were no dead bodies rising back to life in this one, but rather a dangerous strain of rabies that caused humans to become delusional and prone to biting.If you are already a fan of Paul Tremblay then you should absolutely read his latest release If you are new to his work, then this is a great place to start I would recommend this one to readers looking for a horror story that combines a gripping emotional narrative with some strong character work.Disclaimer I received a review copy from the publisher, Harper Collins

  10. Ron says:

    This is not a fairy tale It is a song The man comes with the sounds of barks and unintelligible sentences crashing through the doorway into the space of Natalie and Paul s home They will fight him to protect one another and their unborn child, but because of the man s size and manic determination, he will win Bite and bite and bite It will become the beginning of an unwanted journey for Natalie, and a race against time One that is forever without Paul, but necessary to save their chilThis is not a fairy tale It is a song The man comes with the sounds of barks and unintelligible sentences crashing through the doorway into the space of Natalie and Paul s home They will fight him to protect one another and their unborn child, but because of the man s size and manic determination, he will win Bite and bite and bite It will become the beginning of an unwanted journey for Natalie, and a race against time One that is forever without Paul, but necessary to save their child So she will seek the help of her closest friend because this journey cannot be taken aloneAs the sputtering big bad wolf disappears somewhere deeper into their house, Natalie quietly shuts the door behind her Early in, I didn t see how the frenetic pacing of the story could be sustained One hour in book time equaled a hundred pages of momentum But then the action expanded to include the thoughts of these two women and the intertwining past that connected them thereby slowing the movement without sacrificing the constant pressure driving them forward It can t be easy for a writer to do that, nor to combine elements of horror with human emotion, in ways that both scare and pull at our inner feelings On this road, Natalie and Ramola will meet the good and the bad side of human nature Some of these characters are of the type not to be forgotten, the selfless heroes Tremblay does not fail to honor and remember them But the best of this story is that which speaks to mothering and friendship The kind that says I will do anything you ask of me, and I will never leave you behindThe infected woman either does not see Ramola, or is too ill to cross the road and approach the house She stays in her field and slow dances to a song all of us will one day hear Little time has passed since finishing the book, but I don t think I ve liked a Tremblay story , in many ways it s better even than A Head Full of Ghosts Instead of trying to encompass the feat of an epic, the narrative here is contained and personal One small community, and two women s plight against impossible oddsPS I came out on the winning end of a Goodreads Giveaway My sincere thanks to William Morrow Survivor Song to be published on July 7, 2020

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