The Loki Variation by Sabrina James Riley


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The Loki Variation
Sabrina James Riley
Published: 16th November, 2011
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction
Age: Adult, Young Adult


Sasha is woken up in the middle of the night by the screams of a little girl she doesn’t know, and suddenly finds herself trying to protect the child against the end of the world.

Derek’s vacation hadn’t even started when his dog saves him from something he could have never imagined. Using what little resources he has, he struggles to stay alive in an unfamiliar town teeming with unspeakable horrors.

Sanjeev unknowingly helps to create the epidemic that threatens to annihilate the population, but his options have run out and he is forced to choose between his humanity or his scientific endeavors.

Strangers meet under apocalyptic circumstances, and have to rely on each other for survival. What begins as an unsteady, uncomfortable partnership to stay alive turns into a make-shift family who will do anything to save each other from the threat of the Loki Variation.

What I liked: The Loki Variation started off differently than the other recent zombie books that I’ve read. It made it a bit more interesting, plus the zombies were different than most any other zombies I’ve read about. It amde them interesting. The characters that we know about besides Sanjeev all show an ability to survive themselves. Hud makes for an interesting anti-hero, he doesn’t show much concern or care with an ego to boost in the beginning. Sasha is fiery and strong-willed, determined to protect Nora after saving her at seemingly all cost. Derek shows to be a character who can bounce between emotions. One moment he’s a bit grumpy and the next he’s smiling. Or at least he’s friendlier towards Sasha, Hud and Derek clash quite a bit but things seem to even out eventually between them. The twist that happens close to the middle of the book also had me reeling and questioning and going “What?!”, plus the virus’s symptoms are actually more interesting than I had ever expected!

What I didn’t like: The virus seemed to spread far too quickly for me in the beginning, I didn’t understand it. Plus I never felt that rush of anticipation an anxiety when they were attacked by the zombies. The fact that the fear for the characters lacked so much for me meant that I never really thought they were in danger. It took away from the experience for me.

Overall Review: This book is intriguing, especially with how the zombies look and act and how they are. The characters are all interesting and some of the tension and misunderstandings introduced into the book seen between the two characters who we follow made me frustrated with them and tell them to stop and talk to each other so they would come to  an understanding between themselves. It was engrossing and I never wanted to put it down, and I loathed every time I had to put it down and would go right back to it as soon as I could. It’s an amazing tale of post-apocalyptic times and I want more!

Recommend?: This book is for those who are looking for a zombie book that is engaging and entertaining to read with compelling characters. Those who love reading all the zombie books they can are encouraged to read this book themselves!

Goodreads: 3.4/5 Amazon 4.2/5

My Rating: 4.3/5

Rated Materials:
Cover: 4.3
Idea: 4.4
Story: 3.9
Characters: 4.6

Sabrina James Riley

About the Author:

I’ve been writing stories for as long as I can remember; I still have a few stories I wrote in crayon on construction paper that I had stapled together to make a book that my mother saved for me.

Luckily, I’ve come a long way from crayons and construction paper, and have been able to type up stories almost as fast as my mind can create them.

I’m also an insanely avid reader, and along with all the award winning literature and classics on my shelf, I also have a penchant for the stories of other Indie authors…some of my all-time favorite books were self-published, and I believe that the ability to self-publish is one of the best things to happen to the world.

Can you imagine all the great stories we’d probably not have access to?

I live in Florida with my family, which includes but is not limited to: a pre-teen girl, a feisty just-on-the-brink-of-walking baby, and a 14 year old cattle dog who still thinks she is a puppy.

I’m always excited to hear from readers or other authors

Social Media Links

Goodreads | Amazon | The Loki Variation Blog

Review by Iris

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