What a thrilling read All very apocalyptic but on a small scale as a virus descends upon America and a group of strangers who have all invested in an underground sanctuary make their way to it to escape the end of the world But once they re all locked inside and amidst the already tension filled encounters between the different characters a dead body is found and a murderer is now on the loose It s a simple setup but the writing elevates it and the characterizations sets it apart from similar fare Trying to figure out who the killer is uite a ride And just when you think you may have a handle on things bodies start turning upAll in all I finished the book in 2 days and loved it Totally unexpected Η γραφομηχανούλα - Nietzsche ex Machina plot developments and the ending had me floored Honestly it s been a few weeks now since I finished Underground and I ve found it difficult to find the enthusiasm to write a review I guess that says a lot about how I felt about the bookTheremise and genral idea of the story was brilliant A hidden facility built underground to shelter a handful of families from a worldwide andemic of a killer flu As you would imagine the stress of this combined with living in such close roximity with strangers causes some issues and ultimately a fair few murders There were uite a few roblems for me with the writing style of the book but I could appreciate a few social aspects the author explored during the story I liked the differing statuses of the characters some rich some oor and how this impacted the way they thought of and treated each other Racisim religion and a sexual redator were also thrown in for good measure and to crease dissension and unease within the group I could see how these were trying to build a foundation of suspense for the reader but because of how awkwardly and boring the characters were written I never felt really invested in the story or nervous about who would survive or die The characters themselves never really seemed bothered that a killer was amongst them and if they didn t care why should the reader I found the acing of the book to be too slow for my tastes and I did struggle to ush through to the end Even the deaths failed to ramp up the excitment becuase of the lack of reactions from the charactersThe only small saving grace was the ending I can honestly say I didn t know who the killer was until the big reveal Yet I can t help but think that the author worked so hard to keep this a secret that other issues within the book were left to falter and fail SL Grey is a seudonym used by Sarah Lotz who I ve read and Louis Greenberg who I haven t They ve reviously collaborated on the Downside horror trilogy Under Ground however is a standalone novelThe remise of Under Ground is very similar to that of Day Four a novel by Lotz ublished earlier this year Day Four follows a large diverse cast of characters STUCK ABOARD A MAROONED CRUISE SHIP aboard a marooned cruise ship a sense of claustrophobia and uncertainty the characters are stalked by an unseen horror and "Lose Contact With The Outside "contact with the outside which may or may not be in a near apocalyptic state Under Ground is much the same except it s set in a luxury survival condominium The Sanctum A virus is spreading flights are being grounded so the wealthy clients who ve bought into The Sanctum s condos all make their way there A bunch of spoilt mostly retty unpleasant Interior Designs: An Adult Coloring Book with Beautifully Decorated Houses, Inspirational Room Designs, and Relaxing Modern Architecture people being cooped up together in an underground bunker which is rather less fancy and spacious than they wereromised goes about as well as you d expect and gets even worse when someone turns up dead and the residents discover they may not be able to leave or even call for help Under Ground starts off so fast moving and absorbing it ractically reads itself Like Day Four it gives a lot of different characters alternating chapters keeping the ace speedy and creating lots of cliffhangers It s set in Maine not that it really matters the bunker could be anywhere but has an international flavour with the cast including Americans Brits South Africans and characters with German Korean South American and Indian heritage Unfortunately Under Ground rather runs out of steam the longer the group are trapped er underground And it really doesn t help if you ve also read Day Four as so many of the details are similar including the descent into sualor as things start breaking down and supplies become scarce what is it with these stories and stuff about toilets not flushing The authors attempts to make Gina likeable fall totally flat and her romance with Jae feels unnaturally shoehorned in I m not sure what I thought of the ending either though I liked the journal formatThis book has a good Detention of Doom premise but it kind of slows down andeters out about halfway through and never regains the exciting momentum it has at the beginning It s a fun easy uick read compelling but lacking any true omg moments view spoilerIt s a spoiler to say it so I can t really warn anyone off unless they happen to have taken the risk of clicking on this spoiler tag of course but it isn t actually horror either It s a straight up murder mysterythriller I suppose there s no claim that it is horror but given the authors background and how others have shelved it on Goodreads that was my expectation If I d known otherwise I d have been a lot less keen to read it hide spoiler INITIAL THOUGHTSThe cover of Under Ground caught my eye on Netgalley and upon reading the blurb that Fromentin piued my interest even Netgalleylaces this book into the Adult Literature category though when I read the blurb it made me think this book falls into the Punishing My Slutty Little Sister post apocalyptic genre Will I still think the same after reading it MY REVIEWI reuested this title from Netgalley and received a free e copy in exchange for my honest review The cover shows elevat Tell ya what Go to the bookstore or library Find this book Close your eyes step three feet to the right and Aage turning locked room mystery from the combined talents of Sarah Lotz and Louis Greenb. Ick any book It will be better than this one You have a superficially interesting setting that becomes and implausib This is a book I was sent for free from the ublisher but this does not affect my opinionsSo I actually didn t reuest this book it just turned up one day at my house and I thought it looked interesting but maybe not like my cup of tea Once I read the accompanying information sheet and found out that this is a duo of writers Sarah Lotz and Louis Greenberg I was interested as I had heard good things about Sarah but I still didn t know if it would be my thingI m happy to say that although I had my uibbles with this book I read it right through in one sitting which is something I ve not been able to do for uite a while and I think becuase it s a thriller it really gripped me and made me want to find out what would happen nextIn this book we re following a world where a big virus has broken out and the world seems destined for disaster People are dying in various Friedrich Barbarossa (Gestalten Des Mittelalters Und Der Renaissance) (German Edition) parts of the world and when the virus is close to hitting America a couple of families from all over arerepared These families have invested a lot of money into a roject called The Sanctum a luxurious self sustaining survival condominium situated underground When each of these very different families arrive at the Sanctum they are there in the hopes of it being a safe lace for them to hide away from the Virus but of course things go wrongWhat I did like about this book is that we lay a lot with stereotypes here The families all have different ethnic origins and different views on how to behave within the confined space I liked the mystery element too as the book went on I found myself ulled in by the story and wanting to know who was behind some of the grisly goings on When thinking about what I didn t like about the book it s mostly the racism and the ending I guess the author s wanted to include some very different characters and The Taste of Her Blood (A Lesbian Vampire Tale) put them all together in alace trapped away from the outside world and see how they would react but there is a lot of racism rampant in the book and this is never really solved view spoilerunless you count by killing off the racist character which I ersonally felt was a bit of a cop out hide spoiler Actual Rating 35What happens when a racist sexist gun obsessed family It s the Chinks fault Brett says They re getting what they deserve Yeah But you see how fast the virus is spreading into the US It s a malicious threat militarized It s going to hit and it s going to hit us big Worse than there It was aimed at us But how come their own eople are dying Daddy I venture as olitely as ossible so that he knows I m not debatingDaddy shrugs Some foul up They dropped a vial or something I bet they experiment on their own Brett says Chinks d do shit like that Dad Like he s an expert on the world situationAre locked in with a little girl her distant father and their Learn English: A Beginner's Guide for ESL Learners pretty nanny from JohannesburgHis tone islacatory but I m not going to be disarmed Any further than I am already standing in front of him barefooted dripping wet in shorts and a T shirt But at the same time I do want to avoid a confrontation Yeah hi Not taking my eyes off him I step backwards over the towel lift it up and drape it over my shoulders and around me like a cape Like it makes me a fucking superheroA rich couple with their fluffy little dog Keep your voice down You re "upsetting Claudette Bullshit The dog s tongue is lolling out of its "Claudette bullshit the dog s tongue is lolling out The dog s tongue is lolling out its its vacant button eyes barely visible through its fringe of coiffed hair James is certain there s a no Who Is Gloria Steinem? pets clause in The Sanctum s manifesto Oh well if they re stuck in the Sanctum longer than they expect they can always eat the goddamned thing s food it s expensive enough or worst case scenario the dog itself How do you like your shih tzu babe Braised or lightly grilled He snortsA man who wasn t meant to be there and would much rather be at home with his dying wifeWhenever he closes his eyes he sees Lana lying helpless and alone on the cot he set up for her in thearlour after she came home from the hospice the tubes connecting her to life tangled around her limbs The image is clear sharp so detailed that he can almost hear the suck and hiss of the oxygen tank smell the medicinal tang that ermeates the roomA German family whose atriarch has a mysterious ast I am not speaking of what is in here We must check the machine room for damage The accent that Leo usually hides so carefully leaks into his voice Ve hav vays of making you talk James burps a giggle hides it with a coughAnd the family whose atriarch was born in KoreaBrett snorts Where you from Jae Jae Vancouver But we moved to Boston last year Brett begins bouncing the basketball No I mean where are you from originally Jae can t tell if this guy is just yanking his chain or is genuinely ignorant Like I said Canada You Chinese Are locked up in a half finished bunker developed by an ex marine Now listen up I m gonna tell you the combination Will just in case things go bad and I need you to back me up Hope it won t come to that Doubt it will but think it s for the best Trusting you to keep it to yourself Sure Okay so it s easy One nine eight four Nineteen eighty four Yup Like the book Huh Oh I gotcha But no It was the year I joined the Marines Well Nothing good that s for sure I heard a monster knocking on our door I ut the cotton ball down and turn to her Just a bad dream No She said they re coming for us Her eyes widen and her mouth starts to fold down Who Who said that The big monster She didn t have a face It was half made of blood She s trying not to cry but her chin is twisting a fat drop of water runs down her cheekThe rest of this review can be found HERE The idea of this thriller sounded erfect for me millionaire families buying into an underground complex to escape a deadly virus on the surface They end Erg writing as S L Grey It is erfect for fans of Under the Dome by Stephen King and films.
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