Post Apocalypse fiction is a genre that never gets old, because it shows you how humans might act under the worst circumstances. This is showcased well in The Undying by Ethan Reid. Jeanie and Ben arrived in Paris to celebrate the new year with friends. As the clock strikes midnight, the lights go out all over Paris and fireballs rain down from the sky.
Jeanie and Ben are now stuck in a foreign land as society crumbles around them. With all communications with the outside world cut off, no one knows what’s happening. To make matters worse there are intelligent, fast-moving, bloodthirsty creatures roaming the city and their numbers grow by the hour. The situation seems bleak as a small group of survivors go deep in the catacombs under Paris to escape the city in flames.
The Undying has a story that grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go. The author gets you to care about the characters by giving a glimpse into their background and then throws them into a situation that seems hopeless. The heroine in the story is Jeanie who is dealing with the loss of her father. She didn’t handle the loss well and came to Paris to visit an old friend to get her life back together. You feel sympathy for Jeanie because she had already gone through a lot before the apocalypse.
Ethan Reid does an excellent job making you care for everyone in The Undying. I loved the way the author uses flashbacks to make you feel empathy. The setting is great in this book as well. Two of the characters are Americans, they don’t speak french and don’t know their way around, which adds a lot of suspense to the book. Another great part in this book is when the main characters go in the catacombs under the city. I loved the description of the catacombs and how being in a dark place filled with old skeletons slowly makes the characters turn on each other. Paris is almost like a character in this book and I felt like I had spent time in the catacombs when I was done with the book.
My favorite part of the book was in the beginning as things are first falling apart and one of the characters starts saying what he thinks is happening. Once again we see how the author makes you feel sympathy for everyone as we learn that his wife is in a hospital that has lost power close by and she is having a baby. You start to see how hopeless their situation is but at the same time they have to do what’s right and get to the woman and baby.
The Undying has some great characters, suspenseful moments and a great setting. The one problem I had with it was that it needed more action. Early on we find out that zombie/vampire hybrids are walking the streets, but they don’t have a big part until the end. However I did like how they are introduced and how only one of the characters notices them at first. The Undying is a book that preys on your emotions, it might not have much action but it makes up for it in atmosphere and getting deep into everyone’s feelings. If you like books about the apocalypse check this one out.