Review: Plague World by Dana Fredsti

Posted April 22nd, 2015 in book review / 26 comments

Review: Plague World by Dana FredstiPlague World by Dana Fredsti
Publisher: Titan Books on August 26, 2014
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy, Zombies
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Source: Review Request
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: two-stars

The thrilling conclusion of the zombie apocalypse begun in PLAGUE TOWN and continued in PLAGUE NATION! The zombie plague has gone airborne, and the conspiracy that began it all reaches the boiling point.

Having been ambushed in San Francisco, which is now fully engulfed in the zombie plague, Ashley and the wild cards must pursue the enemy to San Diego. There they will discover a splinter of their own organization, the Dolofónoi tou Zontanoús Nekroús, which seeks to weaponize the plague. But that isn't the worst news. The plague has gone airborne, making it transferable without physical contract. It cannot be controlled by anyone, so reports of the zombie swarm are coming in from across the United States - and across the world.

At A Glance

Seriously, that’s the end of the series? WTF?

The Good

It started out good. The action took time to get going but it’s as gruesome and heartbreaking as ever. The group is on a mission to save Gabriel, Ashley’s boyfriend, and some others from their group who got kidnapped by the bad guys who want the zombie apocalypse to continue. Ash and the crew are trying to find a cure, but everyone wants to get in their way. So, the adventures begin and we meet a lot of interesting people while facing hordes of zombies and assholes.

The best part of the book was the side stories about random people and their stories from when the zombies first started showing up. Now those are interesting. Plus, the humor is great, though it got a bit annoying sometimes.

The Bad

I was going to give this book 3 stars until I found out it was the end of the series. Nothing was resolved and very few questions were answered. Plus, I have four things that I HATE in books, and Plague World did one (almost two) of those things. What’s even worse, I didn’t even care that this thing happened, because I didn’t care about a certain character anymore.

A lot of the people we have come to love died for no reason by the end. This did not feel like a wrap up to a series at all. Never even crossed my mind that it was the last book until I looked on Goodreads five minutes after finishing the book. Then I flipped! The ending to this book can be equated to ending Citizen Kane with him sitting down to eat dinner. WTF??? No cure and no happy ending. Just blah.

Oh yeah, and thanks for giving us Griff, who is either a rapist, murder, hero, love-interest, or maybe he just gives zero fucks. I don’t know and honestly, I don’t even care anymore. And we get almost no explanation for his actions through the novel.

The Snuggly

No sex and really no relationship stuff either.

Final Thoughts

I liked the first two books of the trilogy. It has an urban fantasy feel and lots of yucky zombies. Win-win, right? Wrong. Not with how it all ended. It’s just plain stupid and I am pissed. However, if the author decided to continue the series and actually give a good series an appropriate ending, I would read it. Not recommended.


Then it hit me. A quick pat down confirmed that not only was my katana gone, but I was also missing my M4 and my squirrel gun. Griff had either overlooked or decided to leave me with my tanto and my Ruger. The arming equivalent of a pity fuck.


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26 Responses to “Review: Plague World by Dana Fredsti”

  1. chucklesthescot

    I have the first book which has been sitting in my house for a couple of years now and I really need to get round to reading it. What a shame that you didn’t enjoy the ending! I hate that when I’m invested in a series and the author does something to enrage me! I especially hate a series not being wrapped up in some way.

  2. Red Iza

    Part of me think “oh, too bad” – but another part of me rejoices because my to-read list won’t increase this time !!

  3. Braine

    oh I hate it when that happens! You cannot end a book/series with Zero resolution! It’s like denying someone their orgasm!!!

  4. Lekeisha

    Now that was messed up. I hate it when that happens in a book series. It’s like, the author said f**k it and wrote anything, just to be done with it. Sorry this was bad for you.

  5. kindlemom1

    There is no way I can be left with things unsaid, undone, and unanswered. That is just not called for and would drive me insane! So sorry this didn’t have more for you but I can totally see why you would be frustrated with it Jennifer.

  6. Kristin

    Hmm… I haven’t heard of this series before. It sounds like it could have been great. I wonder if the author just felt disconnected to the story at that point but was pushed by their publisher to finish it… so they did. Really sucks that you invested your time in something that flopped at the end.

  7. laura thomas

    And this is on my series to read list. I’m thinking not now. I can see why you’re pissed. Ending a series so flat. I’ll pass and thanks for telling it like it is.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      The first two books are really good, but yeah, you would have to skip this last one.

  8. Ken Hughes

    Eep. The only thing worse than a bad book is a bad book that actually ruins a good one, and it sounds like this is just that. I’ve seen “unresolved” endings that worked (“and the adventure continues”), but not if the story arcs just fizzle out–or characters die “for the fun of it” and call it a climax. Thanks for the warning.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      It was like the author just put crap together and said, there, that’s the ending.

  9. Olivia

    Oh, what a shame this book wasn’t too amazing as in the end of the series. I like the endings of my series which I have invested time into to be a bit more conclusive than this, so I think this wouldn’t be for me!

  10. Melliane

    I’m sorry to see that you had so many quesstions at the end of the story, I really don’t like that either… I think it would have annoyed me too much. I think I’ll pass but thanks for the review!

  11. Melissa (My words and pages)

    Was this a planned ending? I wonder if it was cut short by the publisher and there were to be more books, or at least one other. Hmm. Bummer it didn’t really resolve anything.

  12. Jaclyn Canada

    I had the first one on my to read list but I just took it off. I can’t stand a horrible end to a series. Thanks so much for a great review!

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