For those not in the know, back in 2006 a man name David Moody self published a book known simply as Hater. The fact that it was a book published by a man with the last name of Moody, and the title was a term for an emotional person, is interesting enough. It gave me a little bit of a giggle. But, Hater is far from funny, and it isn’t about jealous people in the rap game, despite what some of you might have thought. It is a paranoia laced view of the overthrow of humanity by a sudden outbreak of extreme hatred and violence, that infects a large percentage of the population.
It’s told from the perspective of Danny McCoyne, an average Joe type who
WARNING SPOILER ALERT AHEAD!
… ends the novel having become a Hater. This means that he has an urge to kill those who are not Haters like himself. Hater ends with Danny being separated from his family, and his little girl Ellis, who is also a Hater.
And so Dog Blood begins, occurring a few months after the events of Hater. Danny is still telling you what happens, in a style that really draws you into the narrative. One of my favorite aspects of the Hater series is its immersive quality. In the more action packed pages, it’s almost reminiscent of playing a video game, except without the annoyance of having to button mash. Danny’s views are interspersed with a few chapters from the perspective of an Unchanged man named Mark, the Unchanged being what the non-Haters left alive are called. Danny is looking for his daughter Ellis, and Mark is simply trying to stay alive, doing what the military that protects him tells him to do, and scrounging for food.
I don’t want to give too much of this book away; I don’t really like spoiling things for people. Unless you haven’t read Hater yet, in which case I’m sorry, it was unavoidable. All spoiling aside, this novel is short, around three hundred pages, and packs quite a punch to it. The pacing is great, and the world described after the outbreak of the Hate is phenomenal. Everywhere, things are falling apart, and the major city centers are the last respite for the Unchanged to stay in, for fear of being ripped to shreds by the Haters, who are everywhere else.
Moody’s approach to the end of the world via emotional plague is a wild ride, of death, dillapidation, and the constant questioning of what seperates those who kill, from those who do not. By the end of the novel, the reader isn’t sure where the hell things can possibly go, which makes it all the more exciting that another novel in the series is coming.
If you’re in the mood for a dystopian future of Hate and destruction, read Dog Blood, but for fuck’s sake, read Hater first so you know what the hell’s going on!
David Moody is a name you’re sure to be hearing more of in the future. More than likely you’ll see his name connected to quality, apocalyptic writing. It’s refreshing to read, in a world of overdone cliche monster books, a new beast that isn’t vastly different from you or I, save for the Hate.