It's 2008 in America, and the world has gone very, very wrong. Radio and televison signals drive men to madness, the dead hunt the living, and the ties that hold mankind together have severed.
Isolated, the town of Greenly, South Dakota has walled itself off from the horrors of the wider world. Safe behind their makeshift wall teenage lawmen prowl the streets and men and women struggle to survive in a town where electronics are banned.
In the center of it all, Jonas Waight, an academic in the wrong place at the right time. Waight does what he can to survive and trade, documenting his experiences in his journal. But when Jonas starts asking too many questions, will he be able to handle the dark secrets his curiosity reveals?
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By Bryan Irving
May 29, 2013
In One Eighteen Migration we enter a world gone mad, where the dead return to life exactly one minute and eighteen seconds after they die and where a strange and horrific “murmur”, heard in all transmitted signals, drive those that hear it violently insane. However, 1:18 is so much more than a simple zombie story, here we are introduced to Jonas Waight and the fortified town of Greenly, with it's increasingly authoritarian regime. This is one of the two underlying threads that really make 1:18 stand out, the human conflict in the tale. As mentioned in the forward the Zombies are, in many ways, a backdrop to the conflict between ideologies in the survivors and in the way the character conflict develops. Make no mistake, although 1:18 is essentially told through the eyes of Jonas Waight, it is also an ensemble piece in which everyone actions are very much influenced by everyone else’s. The zombies are by far not the only strange and almost certainly supernatural element in the story.... More > The murmur, which I mentioned before, drives those who are exposed to it for too long to madness, and it quickly becomes apparent that the Murmur is the deliberate tool of something... else. Something far worse than the shambling dead. Then there is... him. The Dark thing. A malevolent presence which lurks in the background at first, but which becomes more and more important as the plot moves on. Between all of these elements, 1:18 asks a lot of questions which the reader can not help but find intriguing, pulling you into the story and tantalising you with secrets that are just out of reach, for now. If you like your survival horror then this is a must for you, and if you don't, well, this might very well be the story that changes your mind.< Less
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