Vertical City, Book One
George S. Mahaffey Jr.
In the midst of a global pandemic, a group of evacuees are marooned atop a skyscraper in a major city after a terrible helicopter crash. Abandoning the streets to millions of hungry infected, the survivors seal off the structure at the 10th floor and string wires between it and other buildings to avoid being eaten alive by the hordes rampaging below. But dwindling supplies force those still alive to take greater risks as they struggle to survive hundreds of feet off the ground.
Uncaged Review: This series is a group of shorter reads in the zombie genre, fast paced and action packed in a short amount of time. The beginning of the book, is the beginning of the apocalypse and Wyatt is just a child, and his parents are getting them out to safety in a helicopter, when the copter crashes, losing his mother. Fast forward 16 yrs., and Wyatt and the community live in high rises in the city, with elevator cables networked between the buildings that is utilized by the Jumpers – who go on ops to retrieve items for the community. The infected, known as Dubs, have taken over the Flatlands, and the survivors live up high. The story reminds me a bit of the video game, Dying Light – with the parkour and keeping high above the infected.
The story stopped on a cliffhanger of sorts, although it was an interesting take on this genre, and it didn’t slow down and even though the first books are always the backstory books, the author does a nice job keeping a nice pace.
Reviewed by Cyrene