I was drawn in by the cover of this book, which is covered in blood spatters, and the title looks like someone wrote it with bloody fingers. I know, I know, how morbid of me. I’m not sure why, but I’m totally into the apocalyptic, violent stuff right now. I am working on a romance novel, review forthcoming, for those of you who prefer something a little gentler.
Anyway, Hater is a thriller about a sudden change in the human race (Moody never is quite clear as to how this happened) that manifests in sudden, (seemingly) random violence perpetrated by a relatively small percentage of the population upon the other, unaffected people. The name of the book comes from the label that the unaffected have for the newly violent people.
What makes this different from other such books (this is very similar to zombie books), is that the first person narrator actually becomes one of these Haters. We see from his perspective that the violence is not random and irrational, but carefully calculated self-defense against (perceived) actual or potential attacks. I’ve never heard of a book told from the perspective of one of the “sick” before, and I have to say, it was somewhat refreshing.
This is an extremely violent and bloody book, rife with detailed descriptions of murders of both the affected and the unaffected. So, if you’re squeamish, put this one back on the shelf. If, however, you enjoy things like zombie books and vampires along the lines of Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series, this is a book for you. And it is the first in a trilogy. Of course, I’ll tell you what I think of the other books as I read them.