Tuesday 28 March 2023



The Growth Lives!: A Horror NovelThe Growth Lives!: A Horror Novel by Adam Hulse
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After the explosive first novella, I've been looking forward to getting back into this apocalyptic world to find out how it ends.

Not only has the UK been ravaged by The Growth, but the gas the military used to try and kill it has turned people into mindless killing monsters. And that's before considering the despicable religious freaks targeting the few survivors...

Just like the first one, I enjoyed the hell out of this final installment! It starts shortly after the events of the The Growth. Tax is being held overseas by the military. Kevin believes he's found an answer to getting rid of the gross thing destroying their country. Emma is still, somehow, alive. And the disgusting Michael still has a god complex.

The story is once again told in the alternating POVs of a bunch of interesting (and callous) characters, as they take us on a fast-paced, violent journey to survival (and ruin). Everyone has their own agenda and as everything unfolds, I couldn't read fast enough. 😳

There are several revelations that totally shocked me. In a great way.

This turned out to be a really dark and excellent apocalyptic story. And as bad as things get, as horrible as the greedy people are, there's still a good dose of hope woven into this tale. Thanks to the brilliant characterisation of Tax, Emma and Kevin.

Man, I love those three!

Although I found the ending to be bittersweet, the conclusion to this harrowing—also, cautionary—tale is fantastic.

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