Very rarely is a second book in a series superior to the first, but A.S. Thompson’s The Change is among those few books that surpass the first story in the series. I absolutely loved the first book, The Longest Road, and I was a little hesitant about picking up the second book because I didn’t want my love of the first book to be tainted by an inferior sequel. However, after reading the first chapter, I knew that The Change was something special.
This gem of a zombie book took the story to the next level. Much like The Walking Dead, none of the characters are safe in this book. I found myself biting my nails and gritting my teeth, never knowing if my favorite characters would survive another page. It makes it difficult to stop reading this book. I would read The Change on my thirty-minute metro ride to work, and it was so hard for me to stop reading when I got to my stop. I actually missed my stop a few times because I was so into the story, and I had to walk an extra five blocks to work (totally worth it!). I literally could not put this book down. I’m one of those annoying people who will read while I’m walking in the city, looking up milliseconds before crashing into other pedestrians. Hey, if people can text while walking, I should be able to do my fancy read-walk-shuffle! I’ll probably drop this bad habit when I get run over by a taxi, but until then I’m going to keep reading and walking.
The Change picks up where the first book left off, but the reader gets to find out how the zombie virus (known as Trinity) was unleashed all over the world. I don’t want to give anything away, so I won’t go into detail, but I will say that I really enjoyed learning about how the virus was spread. Many of the zombie books that I’ve read don’t go into detail about the zombie plague’s origin, so it was refreshing to get so much information on how the world was overrun with zombies.
If you read The Longest Road, you know that A.S. Thompson has a great sense of humor. His jokes still grace the pages of The Change, but they aren’t as frequent as they are in the first book. The story is definitely darker and more serious in the second book, but it was nice that Thompson’s jokes would pop up here and there. I enjoy a good laugh between all the death, destruction, and gore.
While there are some exciting zombie-fight scenes, this book focuses more on the survivors’ interaction with each other than with zombies. I have always liked zombie stories that are about relationships and survival. It’s interesting to read about how survivors will interact with one another after the world goes to hell. Some people band together, while others take advantage of trusting souls and try to tear them down. I’m going to avoid spoilers here, but I will say that there is a villain in this book that is so vile that I found myself clenching my Kindle, wanting to throw it across the room. I was able to get control of myself though, so my e-reader is still intact. I just cracked it a little. Check out what I did to my Kindle while reading The Change. I’m like The Incredible Hulk:
It works fine, but it’s time for me to upgrade to a new Kindle anyway. Maybe I’ll get a Nook. Hahahahaaaaa. I’m kidding, of course. A Nook. Ha! I crack me up.
Anyway, back to The Change. Even if you’re not a zombie fan, I highly recommend that you read this book. What am I talking about? Everyone likes zombies, so I highly recommend that you read The Longest Road and The Change. I have to warn you though, there is an intense cliffhanger at the end of the second book that will make you want to read the third book right away! Sadly, the third book isn’t out yet, but it’s due out by the end of 2013 (possibly early 2014). So after you finish The Change you may be tempted to badger the author, wanting to know exactly when the third book is coming out. I may or may not have already sent him an email or two about it after finishing The Change last night. I’m sure you’ll be tempted to contact the author about the release of the third book, but keep in mind that these authors are very busy, so you’ll probably want to limit your email inquiries regarding the next book to one or two a day. Maybe three if you really can’t stand waiting for the next book. I’m just kidding, A.S. Thompson is a very nice author, and I’m sure he’s always happy to receive messages from fans. You can reach him at his email address, [email protected] or on Twitter https://twitter.com/TheASThompson In fact, I think I’m going to go email him right now and see about the release date of that third book!