November 23, 2022

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Ravenous: Necrotic Apocalypse Book 1 – Review

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ravenous zombie

 

BEWARE! There might be slight spoilers in this review. I will not reveal anything BIG, or what you wouldn’t be able to find in a normal back of the book synopsis.


Ravenous: Necrotic Apocalypse Book 1 by David Petrie

Digby Graves is a British supernatural zombie from 800 years ago who suddenly wakes up in Seattle with very little memory of how he got there. After unintelligibly attacking and eating his unsuspecting hosts, he accidentally sparks a zombie apocalypse.

After constant prompting by a weird voice in his head, he finds he can see what seems to be words and tables showing characteristics of himself imposed upon his vision. He is told to invest something called attribute points in intelligence and once done his mind clears a bit and he can finally understand the situation he has gotten himself in.

The story follows Digby as he navigates this new world, full of technology, drones, computers, guns and vast zombie hordes. Oh did I mention that through the use of a ring he stole 800 years ago he can now use magic?

The Good:


 

When I started to read this book I honestly didn’t have much hope for it. I normally am not a fan of zombie type books as they are often quite depressing and sadly show really dark sides of people in very unflattering ways.

But this book was extremely refreshing. It shows you the world from a zombie, who very much would rather not be a zombie, he has morals and is very far behind the times on all scientific advances from the past 800 years.

The various characters are great. You find that people from the past have a way of showing up where you least expect them. And the interactions between the non-zombie characters and Digby are very interesting.

The magic system turns out to make the book also a LITRPG. This provides a much more solid understanding of Digby’s advancement and the magical advancement of others. Digby and other zombies have a separate advancement process than what you might expect.

More than anything what makes this book great is the overall humor of the read. I was often laughing out loud, something I really wouldn’t expect from a zombie story.

 

The Bad:


The only thing I would say is bad is that there might be a little too much foreshadowing for my taste. After 2/3rds of the book I feel I knew what was eventually going to happen, though the reasoning for it makes sense plot wise.

Overall:


Again this book surprised me. I liked it enough to read it all in one sitting, and it wasn’t necessarily a short book either. What drew me to the book wasn’t another review or something like that. I simply saw the cover and picked it up since it looked cool and boy was I happy that I did.

Considering the fact that this is the first book and so much has happened already, I cannot for the life of me imagine how the books later in the series might end up, but I sincerely look forward to reading them.

 

I would give this book an 8.5 out of 10.

2 thoughts on “Ravenous: Necrotic Apocalypse Book 1 – Review

  1. Hey there!
    What a great review. This book sounds pretty epic and must be an interesting read. Honestly I have never really been much into the genre of zombie novels, however your review made this book sound pretty neat. I would be interested in picking it up one of these days. Thanks for sharing.

    L, Sammy

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