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Dark Days: 09/22/16

Dark Days by James Ponti

Dark Days by James Ponti is the conclusion of the Dead City trilogy. Before you do anything, though, do not, under any circumstances read the book blurb. It is full of spoilers. Major spoilers.

Molly and friends are hoping for Natalie to recover from her harrowing battle with Marek at the close of Blue Moon. Meanwhile, Omega's been disbanded and there's a new squad of undead police officers in the NYPD.

One of the things I adore about the Dead City trilogy is that the rules for zombies are well thought out and consistent. The geology of Manhattan made the original undead, and can under the right set of circumstances, make new zombies. Zombies, of course, can also make more zombies through the usual means. However, all zombies must stay near the Manhattan schist to stay healthy. As the zombies have a slow evolution into madness (and brain eating mayhem) they don't feel compelled to eat and turn the living population. As they also have to stay on Manhattan to stay undead, the zombie problem is further contained.

That's not to say that some corrupt zombies, such as Marek, aren't interested in completely controlling the city (and either turning the living population or just killing it off). That's not to say that the zombies aren't a threat, but they are and underworld threat in the literal and crime sense.

So Dark Days isn't a solution to the zombie problem. Zombies aren't vanquished at the end, but a crime boss is. The how and why of that is the fun of this final volume.

Five stars

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