Monster Island is the first book in the Zombie series by David Wellington and a Novel from Running Press.
It's one month after a global disaster. The most "developed" nations of the world have fallen to the shambling zombie masses. Only a few pockets of humanity survive — in places rife with high-powered weaponry, such as Somalia.
In New York City, the dead walk the streets, driven by an insatiable hunger for all things living. One amongst them is different; though he shares their appetites he has retained his human intelligence. Alone among the mindless zombies, Gary Fleck is an eyewitness to the end of the world — and perhaps the evil genius behind it all.
From the other side of the planet, a small but heavily-armed group of schoolgirls-turned-soldiers has come in search of desperately needed medicine.
Dekalb, a former United Nations weapons inspector, leads them as their local guide. Ayaan, a crack shot at the age of sixteen, will stop at nothing to complete her mission. They think they are prepared for anything.
On Monster Island they will find that there is something worse even than undeath.
Dekalb was a UN Weapons Inspector in Africa when the Epidemic hit. He and his daughter have made their way to Somalia seeking refuge - and the sitting warlord, Mama Halima has said she will grant them refuge. On one condition - Dekalb must help her soldiers, the Free Women's Republic find medicines.
Dekalb agrees and the search is on - leading them from town to town, city to city, until finally they arrive in New York. Dekalb is certain that the medicines they need will be at the UN.
What he didn't take into account is the shear number of people who lived in New York - those people are now zombie's and they are hungry.
When Dekalb's small group of teenage soldiers meet up with a couple hundred survivors - a plan for evacuation is hatched. But now, the zombie's have a leader - and he has retained his ability to reason - and does not want his food source leaving New York.
I really enjoyed Monster Island. :)
Mr. Wellington has added his own twist to the zombie lore and it is very unique - made me think about it for a bit. :)
I give Monster Island 5 out of 5 stars and I can't wait to read the remaining two installments in this trilogy.