Dust

Zombies are mindless, cannibalizing horrors.
...Right?
Well, maybe not. Dust examines the psychosocial landscape of thinking, feeling zombies.

I wouldn't put this book in the horror genre.  It's disgusting, yes.  It's creepy, most certainly.  There are thrilling and suspensful parts, yes.  Science and society go terribly awry, poking at things they don't understand. Despite these attributes, there is far more thought - in the text itself, and on the part of the reader- than in most books that fall easily under the label of Horror.

I wouldn't recommend this book to everybody, either.  To read it, you'll need a strong stomach, and the ability to enjoy a book without a nicely-wrapped plotline and an easy-to-identify protagonist.

However, I believe this book should be read.  It's disturbing and unsettling for a reason.  At least, I believe so.  The monsters we popularize, the things we choose in books and movies to scare us, are important.  They describe us.  It's important, too, to examine stories that look at the other side.  In this book, we have a monster who looks at humans as the enemy.  "Hoos" are something to be afraid of, something to revile. And then, something happens to make the protagonist closer to human, in a literal sense.

It's creepy, and I liked it.

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ISBN: 9780441020690
Availability: Special Order
Published: Ace Books - October 4th, 2011