Just finished this fantastic novel. A pandemic story that doesn’t feature zombies, I know shocking!
It’s true. The Night Parade, by Ronald Malfi, is a chilling apocalypse story but when people contract the mysterious virus called Wanderer’s Folly… They just die. A slow agonizing death that robs a person of their identity.
The Night Parade (Release Date: July 2016)
First the birds disappeared.
Then the insects took over.
Then the madness began . . .
They call it Wanderer’s Folly–a disease of delusions, of daydreams and nightmares. A plague threatening to wipe out the human race.
After two years of creeping decay, David Arlen woke up one morning thinking that the worst was over. By midnight, he’s bleeding and terrified, his wife is dead, and he’s on the run in a stolen car with his eight-year-old daughter, who may be the key to a cure.
Ellie is a special girl. Deep. Insightful. And she knows David is lying to her. Lying about her mother. Lying about what they’re running from. And lying about what he sees when he takes his eyes off the road . . .
I discovered this gem in the $5 or less category on Kobo, not that it doesn’t deserve to command a higher retail price. I love taking a chance on new books from authors I’ve never heard of. Especially when the book turns out to be really good. I am so happy I found The Night Parade and Ronald Malfi has a new fan.
So what make this one stand out from a very saturated genre? Two things; It’s not a zombie book and the focus is on a parent’s willingness to do whatever it takes to keep their child safe rather than the horror. In this case David and Ellie. As a mom and a fan of Dystopian Scifi/Horror, I found that very appealing. Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty of danger and horror but David’s love for his daughter is the star of the show.
The Night Parade is well written and insightful. Malfi’s attention to detail is fantastic, allowing the reader to envision stark landscapes and terrifying realities. The characters, Ellie in particular, are complex and layered. Their vivid portrayals evoke so much emotion and empathy. I really adored Ellie. And as the story is being told by David, you can’t help but feel everything he does throughout their journey.
I was a little disappointed at the end, but not for the obvious reason. It’s not exactly a cliffhanger but you are left with questions. I shouldn’t have been surprised, after all, you are meant to contemplate the moral and ethical conundrums David and Ellie are faced with throughout the novel. The ending will make you continue to question things.
I really enjoyed this book and I look forward to reading more from Malfi. I recommend you take a chance on this one guys, it’s a good one!