Complete assimilation is the name of the game in the final installment of Scarrow’s Plague Land trilogy.
Shortly after the events of Reborn (2018), siblings Leon and Grace and their friend Freya become separated. Freya is on a U.S. Navy ship bound for Cuba, aka the New United States, along with Leon and Grace’s father, Tom, who is desperate to locate his children. Leon is still in the U.K. with a small band of survivors after having fled the chaos that befell their last refuge, and Grace, who is now infected and more than human, is on a Chinese carrier carrying a shocking message. Over two years ago, the world was invaded by the horrifying virus that liquifies its victims, and though the discovery that salt water is an effective weapon has offered hope, it hasn’t been enough to stop the ruthless otherworldly intelligence that makes it clear that assimilation is humanity’s only choice. Is there a way to stop the takeover before humankind is annihilated? Scarrow’s devastated landscape and the terrifying entity that has taken it over are vividly rendered, and the plentiful, visceral imagery of bodies in various states of transformation is not for the squeamish. The conclusion may prove divisive among series fans, but it will linger. Main characters are assumed white, but there’s some diversity in the international supporting cast.
Adrenaline-laced post-apocalyptic fun. (Horror. 14-18)