Scouts of the Apocalypse
by Michell Plested
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 10 Jun 2015 | Archive Date Not set
Perfect Analogy Publishing, Evil Alter Ego Press
Being a Scout is more than just helping old ladies cross the road. Scouts have a responsibility to their communities and the greater world around them. Part of that responsibility is training and being prepared for disasters. When a Scout troop comes home from a weekend of survival training in the deep woods, they find that nothing about the world they left is the same. Shambling hordes of undead wander the countryside killing anything that lives. Can the Scouts survive the trip home and is there even a home to return to? It will take all of their training and smarts to overcome this disaster.
Average rating from 15 members
I received a copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I love zombies. And when I saw a book about zombies involving scouts, I mean their motto is "always be prepared", I thought it was an amazing idea. This was a really fun book. And it was nice to see a different interaction between adults and children. I'm so used to seeing children always being protected and kept aside. It was nice to see them working together and using their knowledge to survive. Definitely recommend.
Scouts of the Apocalypse: Zombie Plague by Michell Plested was received direct from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I must start with, generally nowadays I avoid zombie books like the "undead plague," because they are all about the same storyline. Further, there are way to many out there. On the same line of not wanting to read this book, the Boy Scouts which I grew up with, have gone off the deep end with the liberal agenda so I avoid that organization as well. As such, a book putting the two together started out at a distinct disadvantage with me. This book however started out well, and even had a few learning points thrown in, along with the dreaded meteor shower horror buffs have learned to not like, the book moved right along. The book was never boring and was age appropriate for Boy Scout aged children. Even with my initial fears, this book is recommended for any scout who enjoys not too graphic horror. Be prepared for an abrupt, setting up a sequel ending. 4 Stars
A group of scouts are in the woods together with their scout leaders. They have been out there multiple times. It's about learning survival skills and working together as a group. While they're breaking up their camp to go back home some strange noises are coming from the woods. On the dirt road they are being confronted with a car accident. This accident looks strange, but they can't figure out what's not right about it. Because of the thick fog they decide to wait a while before they continue. When it turns out that the world is no longer the same world they left behind the scouts have to rely on all of their skills to make it out alive. The scouts and their leaders are a strong group of people. The scout leaders are also the dads of some of the boy scouts, so that created a scary double role. Of course they want everybody to be safe, but keeping your own child safe will always be the top priority. I liked it a lot that everyone stayed kind, helping each other out and recognizing strengths instead on focusing on weaknesses. Even if someone made a mistake or misjudged the situation they all choose to stay together. This positivity is a perfect example of what being a member of the scouts and close groups of true friends should be all about. Michell Plested has written a zombie story with several unusual twists and turns. It gives another perspective on the traditional zombie stories that are already out there. Being a big fan of zombie books, series and movies there is not much that can still surprise me, but Scouts of the Apocalypse did just that. Scouts of the Apocalypse is fast-paced and it kept me on the edge of my seat. It's a gripping and thrilling story about a group of young boys with their scout leaders, who have to fight their way through the zombie herds to get home. If you're still looking for a great Halloween read, I'll definitely recommend this great zombie story.
Scouts Of The Apocalypse By michell plested is a horror and teens ya read. Being a Scout is more than just helping old ladies cross the road. Scouts have a responsibility to their communities and the greater world around them. Part of that responsibility is training and being prepared for disasters. When a Scout troop comes home from a weekend of survival training in the deep woods, they find that nothing about the world they left is the same. Shambling hordes of undead wander the countryside killing anything that lives. Can the Scouts survive the trip home and is there even a home to return to? It will take all of their training and smarts to overcome this disaster. This was a very enjoyable read with great characters. I do hope there is more to come. Highly recommended. 5*. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book from netgalley.
I got a pre-release copy to review. I hadn't realised this was aimed at younger readers when I began reading it. However, the story doesn't suffer as result of this focus. It's interesting and exciting enough, but without the swearing and (most of) the gore of adult apocalyptic fiction. Apocalyptic fiction is often dystopian. However, an unusual twist in this story adds a degree of hope to the situation the boys and their leaders find themselves in: this makes the book particularly suitable for younger readers. I would be happy to recommend this book to ages 12 and above, or even mature 10 year-olds. It's also perfect for adults that don't particularly like bad language or adult sexual content in their reading.