As Paul Tremblay books go, this one Survivor Song isn’t my favourite. It’s another one of those books that left me wondering what the point of it was. Survivor Song is a story about two women called Rams and Natalie who are trying to get to a medical clinic during a mutated rabies outbreak. Sounds fun, right?
Not so much, unfortunately. I think I would have enjoyed Survivor Song a lot more if it had taken place over a longer period of time. After finishing the book, I felt like I had been reading about one of those 24 hour horror situations. You know, like Bugs in Supernatural? Everything is horrible for a short period of time and is never really fixed, nor do you really get a proper conclusion.
I’m a bit disappointed in this book as I was expecting it to be more like A Head Full of Ghosts or The Cabin at the End of the World, where you don’t really know what reality is any more and the books are slightly more open ending and open to interpretation. Survivor Song was a lot more straight laced and thus, not anything stand-out in the genre.
I did enjoy how topical it is, with the whole virus outbreak and all. So there’s that.
If you’re looking for a quick horror book about almost-zombies then sure, pick this one up. But I don’t think it brings anything new to the genre and it’s not on par with the rest of Tremblay’s work.