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  • 07/2014
  • 9781500407216
  • 258 pages
  • $14.99
Reviva Las Vegas!
Sean Hoade, author
One poker player. One million zombies. Not the best of odds. Eight years after the Zombocalypse, former poker pro Chris Newman is just trying to make it through the day with his wits and his skills on the felt. But now somebody powerful wants a game with Chris, and the stakes couldn’t be higher: If he wins, he gets to stay within the gates of Dos Vegas, the last zombie-free city in America, maybe in the world. But if he loses …
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C.T. Phipps, Amazon.com

Reviva Las Vegas is a zombie novel of a different flavor than most. Following the adventures of a gambler who makes his living from one dystopian hellhole to another in a zombie-ridden world, he receives the mother-of-all-invitations to the last remaining major city in the world: Las Vegas.

Actually, it may not be the last remaining city in the world but it's certainly the perfect location for a man who makes his living gambling to head to. Someone has managed to fortify the city, make it self-sufficient (my suspension of disbelief stretches pretty far), and keep its population drenched in idle luxury despite the endless number of the hungry dead outside. So, of course, there's SOMETHING fishy going on.

Chris Newman is an unusual sort of protagonist for the genre, being a generally upbeat and cheerful sort of fellow despite the end of the world. The book is more of a Western than a traditional post-apocalyptic tale, reminding me in large part of Six-String Samurai or Fallout: New Vegas than The Walking Dead. All he wants to do is keep himself in food, card-games, and clean water for the rest of his life. It's just the kind of people who prosper in the zombie apocalypse don't take well to losing, even in "friendly" card games.

Much of the book is devoted to the relationship between Chris and Danielle, the (apparently) fifteen-year-old cowgirl who is explicitly based on Mattie from True Grit. The author even lampshades her similarity in-text. Having grown up in the world of zombies, Danielle is far tougher than any girl her age has a right to be and certainly more so than Chris. Sensitive readers should be warned Chris is attracted to Danielle despite her age and loathes himself for it. This confuses Danielle but probably saves the book from all manner of unfortunate implications.

The book is, for the most part, full of fun and black humor. The world is significantly less hopeless than most zombie apocalypse settings with humanity having regressed to the Wild West but no further. It's a hard world and a dangerous one but it doesn't seem humanity is in any danger of extinction, either, which means the book is pretty good for those who want something less nihilistic.

I will say, the book gets shockingly dark at the end. While we always knew Las Vegas was going to be hiding nasty secrets, I hadn't expected them to be quite THAT horrifying. The backstory of Danielle also perhaps crosses lines which many readers will be comfortable with. The upbeat ending almost gave me mood whiplash since it goes from humorous to horrifying then really horrifying then hopeful in the space of a few chapters. Still, as zombie novels go, this is one of the better examples of the genre.

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 07/2014
  • 9781500407216
  • 258 pages
  • $14.99

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