Written by: Paula Limbaugh
Wow, what a trip! Ian Woodhead has done it again with Kingdoms of the Dead Book one: Chemical Rot (yeah, I know it’s a mouthful.) Ian Woodhead has written so much about the zombie apocalypse one would think “How could he come up with another story line regarding zombies?” but he has and it’s so original.
In Book One of this new series we are introduced to quite a cast of characters. There’s Kenny and his sister Diane, Kenny had been infected and Diane has been helping him stave off the infection with bootleg pills. Then we have twins Mortimer and Daniel, along with brother Martin, they are being held as guinea pigs by Joseph the scientist under the guise of being kept safe from zombies. Tony is another character along with government worker wife trying to make sense of the world. Of course I can’t forget to mention Rossini host of the reality show Celebrity Slaughter, where people are pitted against zombies in a battle for their life.
After their world became infected unbeknownst to the general public the government began working on a way to find a new world to inhabit. Instead they found the same world different plane and then a third, respectively called Food World and Source World. Each of these worlds is inhabited by the same characters with slight variations with only a few key players aware of their other selves. This may all sound a bit confusing but it really isn’t. Ian is able to keep the story flowing quite smoothly.
Eventually Food World realizes that the plagued world is hopping over to get food and in turn infecting them so they begin tainting the food, causing people on the plagued world to change without being bitten. As things begin to unravel, we have Joseph vs. Joseph vs. Joseph, sick Tony fighting his healthy self, and the twins? don’t even get me started on them. This is such a crazy read you won’t be able to put it down. This is such an imaginative tale; I can’t wait to see what’s to happen in Book Two.