18 October 2012

Review: Hater by David Moody

Hater (Hater #1) by David Moody

Published: 17 July 2006

Pages: 244 (paperback)

Genre/s: Horror, Apocalyptic

Source: Own Library

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Synopsis (Goodreads)

Society is rocked by a sudden increase in the number of violent assaults on individuals. Christened 'Haters' by the media, the attackers strike without warning, killing all who cross their path. The assaults are brutal, remorseless and extreme: within seconds, normally rational, self-controlled people become frenzied, vicious killers. There are no apparent links as a hundred random attacks become a thousand, then hundreds of thousands. Everyone, irrespective of gender, age, race or any other difference, has the potential to become a victim - or a Hater. People are afraid to go to work, afraid to leave their homes and, increasingly, afraid that at any moment their friends, even their closest family, could turn on them with ultra violent intent.  Waking up each morning, no matter how well defended, everyone must now consider the fact that by the end of the day, they might be dead.  Or perhaps worse, become a killer themselves.  As the status quo shifts, ATTACK FIRST, ASK QUESTIONS LATER becomes the order of the day...  only, the answers might be much different than what you expect....

My Thoughts

Hater has been on my TBR list for a long time, and as a fan of David Moody's Autumn series, I was looking forward to getting into this one and reading something a little different, and despite my assumptions, is not a zombie novel.

Essentially Hater is the story of one average guy, Danny, who has a job he hates and lives in a flat on a dodgy council estate with his partner and three children.  As a series of seemingly random attacks take place in the city where he lives and works, he takes the step of barricading his family in their flat for their safety, only venturing out reluctantly in search of supplies.

The tension builds slowly, and the first half of the book is full of flash scenes of the virus attacking at random, which I love in any apocalyptic book and in Hater it's pretty confronting - school girls, policemen, the elderly - no one is immune to the random impact of the virus.  The Haters themselves are initially uncontrollable, but after the initial outburst become more subdued and cannot be easily distinguished from other non-infected people.


I really liked that Hater is about an average guy - he's certainly no hero, and as the story progresses, his family become increasingly paranoid even of each other - snapped words and sharp looks caused by living in such a stressful environment begin to push them closer to turning on each other.
Hater is an addictive read and certainly has the one-more-chapter feel, right up until the twist and climax which went in a direction that I certainly wasn't expecting.  It's fabulously unpredictable and I'd love to tell you more about it, but it's difficult without giving important parts of the story away.

My only reason for not giving it a full five star rating is that the characters can be a little unlikable and there are a few periods of what I can only call repetitive whinging.  But otherwise Hater is an intense and extremely tense read, and David Moody holds absolutely nothing back.

15 comments:

  1. Whinging characters always get my hair standing on end. Unfortunately they are likely a rather realistic element to almost any modern scenario - dystopian or not.

    So did he learn to stop hating and love the job? -appologize to Dr. Strangeglove

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    1. There are good whinging characters and bad whinging characters. Danny tends to fall on the side of good whinging ;-)

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  2. When you first started your review, you definitely had me thinking this was another zombie novel, but actually, I like that it's not (even zombies have their time and place). I'm intrigued to find out more about this mysterious infection and how it rampages through the city. And what's even more interesting is the perspective---I agree with you. Sometimes I want to read about the average Joe because those types of stories are ultimately about humanity amd the loss thereof in an apocolyptic setting (which can be even scarier than zombies!). So excited to add this one to my list.

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    1. I guess it depends on the definition of zombie to the reader, but this is not zombie to me.

      I like average characters, although a hero every now and again is good too ;-)

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  3. I love reading stories where the MC is an average person...so much more relatable! Andhow great that the Author doesn't go predictable with zombies.

    PS. I had to look up both Council Estate and Whinging (even though I assumed from context that it was whining) lol

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    1. Me too - especially when they make mistakes that make me think that I could actually survive better hehe.

      My English influences flow into my reviews sometimes LOL.

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  4. I loved this one! I'm so happy you did too. I did not expect it to go where it did (if you know what I mean *wink* *wink) but I am so happy that it did because for me, it took it one step further and made it perfectly unique. I read Dog Blood, and while it wasn't *quite* as good as Hater for me, it is definitely a worthy follow-up, I hope you enjoy it too!

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    1. It's definitely unique! I think that's why I enjoyed it so much too! Not sure when I will read Dog Blood, but I do have it and will try and get to it soon!

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  5. I've had Autumn for EVER and I need to really read it soon! I'm glad to hear you are a fan. :) THIS book sounds epic! I love when psychological mayhem is part of the story. This sounds right up my alley!

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    1. I think you'd really like this one - and Autumn was really good too!

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  6. Hi there, I have not heard of this author or book. I shall look into it as I like apocalypse reads:D

    Michelle

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  7. I've not heard of this one, but Autumn has been on my list FOREVER. Thanks for the great review.

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  8. My husband has this one. I'll have to tell him to get cracking and read it already! It sounds like he would really enjoy it.

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  9. Omg yes this one has been on my TBR list for SO long, too, and I should read it!!! After Jenni read it I learned it wasn't a zombie novel but it still has that same feel to it you know. I love these kinds of books and I also love that it's just an average guy and not some hero complex we seem to get so often! Great review, muffin!

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  10. Wow. I've never heard of this book before. It sounds like a promising book. Not usually my type of read, but I'll definitely look into it. Glad you enjoyed it :)

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