1/8/2010. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts
pub: Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press. 326 page small hardback. Price: $23.99 (US) $28.99 (CAN). ISBN: 978-0-312-53288-8.
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'Dog Blood' is the sequel to 'Hater' and the middle of the trilogy where the population inexplicitly divides into two camps. The ones to be wary of are the haters as they are totally homicidal and will kill anyone they don't recognise as their own. The rest just have to get out of the way. This change happened in a short order of time and no one is safe.
Danny McCoyne is a hater. After killing his father-in-law, he flees from his family and teams up with other haters. However, he wants to return home and find his daughter, Ellis, whom he knows is like himself but first he becomes part of a team to look around the borough in case there are any haters hidden. In the process of which he is captured and tested to see how much of a hater he is. The details of which are spoiler grounds but they leave him ever more determined to find Ellis.
We don't just see McCoyne's point of view, but also that of a normal family grouping hiding out as well. The world has really gone down the tubes and the normal military nuked a large part of London out of existence in the hope that it would kill many of the haters off. Everything is falling apart and there is no way to know how it will stop.
My remarks with my review of 'Hater' placed it in John Wyndham country. I think at this stage, that needs correcting. This is probably John Wyndham's worse nightmare. It's made worse because there is no idea why some turn to haters and many don't. Even taken from McCoyne's point of view, all you get is his rage and violent tendencies when he comes in contact with normal people. He doesn't know what causes it, he just knows he has to kill. If anything, the best way to describe it as the ultimate prejudice only you're given no choice as to which side you belong to.
Only the third volume will tell you where it leads. Be afraid and keep your grocery cupboard stocked up.
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