07 April 2012

Review: The Zona by Nathan Yocum

The Zona by Nathan L. Yocum

Published: 15 February 2012 by Curiosity Quills

Pages: 115 pages (Kindle)

Genre/s: Post-Apocalyptic

Source: Publisher for review

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The Storms came, and with them disease and blight like mankind had never experienced. Most died, and those who didn't were quick to scrambled for weapons, wealth, and control. Petty lords gave way to new societies, and from the ashes of old came the Reformed Arizona Theocracy, or simply put, the Zona. The laws are simple, all sins are punished swiftly and violently. The enforcers, otherwise known as Preachers, roam the lands hunting disgraced men and women. But what happens when Preachers stop killing? What happens when men of honor take a stand against their rulers? 

My Thoughts

The Zona is the story of Lead, a Preacher in what was once Arizona - before the storms that changed the world forever. Floods, tornadoes and plagues have resulted in the US being torn apart and remade by warring factions, and in Arizona the ruling class are the Preachers.

This is an intense post-apocalyptic book with vivid imagery and rough, tough characters - which aren't exactly likeable but either had me sympathising with their battles or appalled by their lack of humanity.

It did take me a while to work out exactly what was happening, and why, but once I had that down, I literally tore through this book - the story is controversial and grotesque, the world-building is amazing and the writing is captivating. As the histories of the main characters are gradually revealed, their actions and feelings are, in a way, justified and understandable - in particular I came to appreciate the suffering and conflicts of Lead as the story progressed.

The Zona is the type of book that is easily, if somewhat uncomfortably, consumed in one sitting. If you are looking for an intense read, with a unique story and some shocking revelations about how humans adapt, try The Zona - it's now one of my favourite post-apocalyptic reads of 2012!


  1. Nice post-apo book! They are usually so hard to read so something easy would be amazing. And I love this cover!

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    1. I wouldn't say it's an 'easy' read, but it's so intense and reads like a screenplay - I felt like I was inside the book!

  2. Hey, thanks for the book recommendation.



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