Imagine a world where every man has suddenly been hardwired into a frenzied animal, intent on killing every woman he sees. After a gene-splicing experiment goes horribly awry, this is the reality that Allie Hilts faces every day. After watching her father kill her mother and almost kill her younger sister, Allie was forced to do the unthinkable. Now, her only goal is to keep her sister alive and safe from the ferals roaming the outside world. But after three years, hope is starting to wane. When Allie sees a surge in feral activity, she starts to look for a path out and discovers something that could completely change all for the survivors.

“Feral” by James Demonaco and B. K. Evenson is a great take on the apocalyptic/zombie genre sweeping the literary scene. Instead of the undead taking down the world, imagine if half the population suddenly became intent on destroying the other half. This was an intense and gripping read that had me on the edge of my seat many times. It was really enjoyable and I already have a list of people I’m planning on recommending this book to.

Book Blurb for Feral

From James DeMonaco, the writer/director of The Purge film franchise, comes the provocative and terrifying last stand of a lone outpost of women in the wake of a deadly pandemic.

Allie Hilts was still in high school when a fire at a top-secret research facility released an air-borne pathogen that quickly spread to every male on the planet, killing most. Allie witnessed every man she ever knew be consumed by fearsome symptoms: scorching fevers and internal bleeding, madness and uncontrollable violence. The world crumbled around her. No man was spared, and the few survivors were irrevocably changed. They became disturbingly strong, aggressive, and ferocious. Feral.

Three years later, Allie has joined a group of hardened survivors in an isolated, walled-in encampment. Outside the guarded walls the ferals roam free, and hunt. Allie has been noticing troubling patterns in the ferals' movements, and a disturbing number of new faces in the wild. Something catastrophic is brewing on the horizon, and time is running out. The ferals are coming, and there is no stopping them.

With Feral, writer/director James DeMonaco and acclaimed novelist Brian Evenson have created a challenging and entertaining novel of timely horror and exhilarating suspense.

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2017 5.00