This was a real interesting read. Absorbing and compelling... I'm usually not one for zombie books but a good story will get me every time. And this was a great story. Chilling and disturbing, though truth be told I found the religious aspect of the novel much more gripping and terrifying than the zombie attack moments. I couldn't wait to get to the end, to get answers... to learn how this whole world came to be. But unfortunately alot of what went on went unexplained until the next book in the series (spring 2010). This is great that there will be a new book, and within the mythos of the storyline that unexplained plot point works well... But I really wnt to know what happens and I am terribly impatient to wait until next year to find out more! Grrr. Still, a great start. I will be reading the next one.