Review: Hater by David Moody
Favorite Line: “But there was something different about this particular woman, something which made him feel uneasy.” (p.3)
Danny McCoyne’s life is a living hell. He hates his job, his family is extremely stressful, and all around him people are killing each other for no apparent reason. Random people are becoming violent and murderous. Not only is it happing around Danny, but all over Britain there seems to be mass confusion and hysteria. Everyone is scared because no one knows what can set someone off. No one is providing answers and the media starts calling the aggressive people “Haters”.
While reading this book, I thought it was going to be about zombies, but I realized that this was not necessarily the case. It is quite similar to 28 Days Later, in the sense that the “mindless” people in that movie were driven by rage, and this book has the same gist.
I will say that this book is a page-tuner and things happen immediately. The first scene we read is of a random guy attacking an older lady for unknown reasons. As a reader you have a feeling that there will be more to come, or if you have read any books that have “The End Times” as their theme.
Moody does a good job painting Danny’s taxing life. You can picture Danny just sitting at his desk getting his life sucked up by every tick of the clock that he has to stay at his job. You can’t help but sympathize with Danny’s very demanding and spoiled children wanting every part of his soul almost every waking minute. You can expect this man, or anyone in his position, to go off at any minute. You know there are others who have a life quite similar to his, if not worse. The person you have known all your life could just go off on a mad frenzy. Thinking about that makes this book very frightening.
I think the book states what the ratio is to humans vs. Haters with humans on top. The problem is that Haters have an edge, and it’s that normal humans never know when someone will turn. Even with that, I wish the book formed a better picture of humanity, but it does not. There is a part of the book where Danny is with his family and they are trying to get home. They see a group of people chase after one person claming he is a “Hater”. They beat the ever living out of him, and everyone not involve just stops and stares because they are too scared. A policeman comes and the thrashing ends, but the policeman leaves the body of the “Hater” on the street. It’s sad and it makes you think.
It doesn’t give us any answers as to how the military is involved and what they know or why they act the way they do. That becomes very frustrating near the end of the book, and the reason is that it’s supposed to be a trilogy and so we meet the dreaded cliff-hanger. I did not realize this until it was too late. It would have been okay if it was a stand alone book and it had an ending, but alas, it does not.
I’m sure I’m thinking too hard about this book, but one really begs to ask; would you be someone who tries to help or are you someone who would just stop and stare and hope it doesn’t infect you? Either way, the book was okay. It starts off with a bang, but too many questions without answers become very annoying. It has a fresh thought on the destruction of humanity, but I’m not sure if I’ll read the next book.
For: Readers who are stress free