The companion volume to Domain Of The Dead runs alongside the first book but dealing with the survivors that got left behind!
Cahz and his team are on a helicopter run into the city gathering specimens for experimentation when they are approached by a group of survivors. Knowing that they cannot all fit on the copter, Cahz and one of his team members elect to stay behind until the copter can return. All they have to do is survive.....
Quickly realizing that their chances are low in the city, the small group start to head out to find somewhere safe to rendezvous with the copter when it returns. But things have changed since the last time they were "in-country" and not for the better and it soon becomes apparent that the odds are stacked highly against them!
I loved this and the way it dealt with those left behind. I also loved the dark, moody grittiness of it all as we see first-hand what is left of our former civilization long after it all has ended! The characters too are highly believable as they struggle to cope everything that this new world throws at them; a world that they have, until now, been partially sheltered from!
Is it bleak and depressing at times? Almost certainly but it is also a gripping read that is a roller-coaster ride from start to finish and simply sublime for big fans of Romero and the zombie genre in general. Reading the first book is not essential but it does help you associate better with the characters, of whom we were briefly introduced to in Remains, though the opening chapters of the book do recall the most important things you will need to know about McKinnon's world as they follow quite closely to the opening of this books predecessor.
My only complaint, without giving anything away the cliff-hanger ending of the last book is never satisfyingly resolved and this book too ends with a bit of a bang! Don't go into this expecting any happy endings people!
This is as realistic a zombie book as you are ever going to get and this book comes highly recommended from me!