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Hater [Paperback]

David Moody
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April 13 2010

Soon to be a major motion picture—produced by Guillermo del Toro and directed by J.A. Bayona

REMAIN CALM DO NOT PANIC TAKE SHELTER WAIT FOR FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS THE SITUATION IS UNDER CONTROL Society is rocked by a sudden increase in the number of violent assaults on individuals. Christened 'Haters' by the media, the attackers strike without warning, killing all who cross their path. The assaults are brutal, remorseless and extreme: within seconds, normally rational, self-controlled people become frenzied, vicious killers. There are no apparent links as a hundred random attacks become a thousand, then hundreds of thousands. Everyone, irrespective of gender, age, race or any other difference, has the potential to become a victim - or a Hater. People are afraid to go to work, afraid to leave their homes and, increasingly, afraid that at any moment their friends, even their closest family, could turn on them with ultra violent intent.  Waking up each morning, no matter how well defended, everyone must now consider the fact that by the end of the day, they might be dead.  Or perhaps worse, become a killer themselves.  As the status quo shifts, ATTACK FIRST, ASK QUESTIONS LATER becomes the order of the day...  only, the answers might be much different than what you expect....

In the tradition of H. G. Wells and Richard Matheson, Hater is one man’s story of his place in a world gone mad— a world infected with fear, violence, and HATE.

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"A head-spinning thrill ride, a cautionary tale about the most salient emotion of the 21st century... HATER will haunt you long after you read the last page..." -- Guillermo Del Toro DIRECTOR OF "HELLBOY" AND "PAN'S LABYRINTH "To call it a page turner is understating the pace and skill the author brings to this haunting and thought-provoking masterpiece of dark and bloodthirsty fiction. The descriptions of the emotional strain and fear of the characters is gripping, and the tension is palpable, leading to an unnerving and shocking climax. this is a new and original approach to the genre that you will love from the very start." THE BOOKSELLER "Hater is a simple story, powerfully told, and if David Moody's this good part-time, how good is he going to be, given his well-deserved freedom to focus upon his apocalyptic formulae on a full-time basis?" BOOK GEEKS "For all of its widespread impact, Hater still reads like a very personal journal of events. Chalk that up to Moody's snappy first-person narrative which zips along faster than a stranger can bash your skull in with a tack hammer. Although the book does a good job of making you care about the characters and positioning itself as a mainstream thriller, it's when the book sheds its mainstream pretense that it really shines." SF SIGNAL "David Moody spins paranoia into a deliciously dark new direction. [He] is one scary guy." -- Jonathan Maberry "Moody creates a paranoid and horrific world that's so good, the film rights have already been snapped up." ZOO "This is a story that lingers in the mind... because of the unnerving twist Moody gives to a frayed concept. The Haters don't lose their intelligence and feelings when they turn, and they don't think they're the bad guys - they're convinced we are. By the end, you wonder if they've got a point." -- Calvin Baxter SFX "In what is fast becoming an oversaturated genre, Hater stands head and shoulders above most other offerings. A brilliantly paced, constructed and written piece of work. Moody takes a unique perspective on zombies, while offering the most surprising and unique twist to a narrative we have come across in a very long time. Moody has provided us with a brilliant piece of storytelling. Read this book now." -- Ross Sutcliffe SCI FI NOW "A brutal, relentless SF horror... gives a new spin to zombie flick conventions." -- Jonathan Wright BBC FOCUS "Moody makes no apology for his pulp influences, and nor should he. Take it as read then that this 28 Days Later-style tale of ordinary people becoming crazed with murderous rage and one family's desperate attempts to survive is longer on plot than anything else. Characters are little more than ciphers and the prose is sometimes inelegant, but there's something darkly charming about Mooyd's hurtling, sadistic enthusiasm for his story." THE LIST "Some thought-provoking questions are raised, taking Hater beyond the 28 Days Later/Survivors hybrid that it initially appears to be. Hater takes the reader on an uncomfortable journey but a powerful one." -- Paul Simpson DREAMWATCH "Moody's writing style is sparse with hardly a wasted syllable and as the plot progresses the clipped sentences and disjointed thinking really help the pacing, ramping things up until, as you get nearer the end, you're barreling along, right in the thick of it, unable to put it down until you reach the conclusion. Underneath all the hype, [David Moody] undoubtedly has the talent to back it up. 'Hater' is a cracking read." -- Robert Grant SCI-FI LONDON "In his evocation of fear and unease and the speed with which he grips you, he brings to mind old Brit horror writer James Herbert. And that is some recommendation." -- Paul Connolly LONDON LITE "The fact that the story is in parts ultra realistic and the characters so believable, makes the gory sci-fi angle even more terrifying. A dark, filmic thriller." THE BIG ISSUE --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

David Moody is the author of Dog Blood, Autumn and Autumn: The City. He grew up in Birmingham, England, on a diet of horror movies and post-apocalyptic fiction. He started his career working at a bank, but then decided to write the kind of fiction he loved. His first novel, Straight to You, had what Moody calls “microscopic sales,” and so when he wrote Autumn, he decided to publish it online. The book became a sensation and has been downloaded by half a million readers. He started his own publishing company, Infected Books. He lives in Britain with his wife and a houseful of daughters, which may explain his preoccupation with Armageddon.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story Sept. 27 2012
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I walked past Hater 3 times. The first time I was at my local book store and they had a "buy 3 get the 4th free" promotion going on, and in the end, Hater lost out. Mistake. The second time, I was back, but left the store with nothing. Not really a mistake because I was almost broke. The third time I was in the US and I had it in my hand, all the way to the counter, but put it back when I realized I didn't have the money in US. So that night when I got home, I ordered it on Amazon, along with Dog Blood (because I was oblivious to the fact that this was a trilogy) and waited for them to arrive. I was glad I did.

I ordered 16 books that day, like a hose that had been crimped I literally just exploded buying all the books I had waited for over my third year of university money woes. And out of them all, I chose to read Hater first, feeling like it deserved that from me, considering the amount of times I glanced over it.

David Moody has a way of portraying a story that makes you feel like you are there with the character. The book shares some similarities with other post-apocalyptic stories, but where it differs is in the meat, and how it is diced up and delivered for you.

I won't ruin the plot, because I think everyone who loves a great thriller should give this book a read, but needless to say, from this, to Dog Blood, all the way through to Them or Us (which I failed to order in the first go so had to wait for) all ended up exceeding my expectations.

David Moody is a fantastic writer, who knows what his audience wants and how to deliver it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for the genre May 14 2012
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I really liked this book. It kept a good pace, keeping the reader engaged from start to finish ; I found this a unique read in that it got you in the headspace of the "hater."

I don't want to give away too much, but suffice it to say, if you like zombie books, you'll be a big fan of hater.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!.. Love the kind of writting Sept. 4 2013
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Loved the first person kind of writting. Very graphic and very easy to read. Takes you deep in the mind of the main protagonist. Different and interesting kind of Zombies.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The End Saves It Jan. 20 2013
By C Worst
I found the first half of the book to be very dry and slow. The character development was minimal and I found myself openly disliking the protagonist (if you can call him that). Thankfully, though maybe unintentionally, the way he is at the beginning makes his rapid personality change much more poignant.

The plot, on the whole, plods along fairly slowly and the writing style is quite stark. The book doesn't skimp on descriptive writing, but at times it seems to be unnecessarily filling space. Finally at the end the plot becomes far more interesting and is still making me consider buying the 2nd novel in the trilogy.

On the whole, it's okay, but I don't consider it any great literary read. I was expecting something akin to Palahniuk, but instead I got pretty generic fiction.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh and Riveting Horror June 3 2010
Wonderfully written. This is how horror should be.

An average family carries out its day-to-day activities while seemingly random acts of violence occur around them. What seems random at first turns into an epidemic and the father must protect his family.

There's much more to it but giving details would spoil the fun.

From the very beginning I truly feel for the characters and their trials. They act like regular people in regular situations which makes the novel much more believable.

Overall, Moody does a great job. The novel is very well written and is absolutely riveting. I was enthralled the entire time. There is an element of mystery present from the very beginning and the novel ends with the perfect setup for his second novel "Dog Blood". Moody offers a fresh take on the horror genre. The novel is definitely a nice change from Clive Barker type horror and is definitely worth the quick read it makes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars New Horror for the 21st century. May 8 2009
By Wayne
Hater is one of the very best new horror novels.The novel starts with an average family doing very average things but violent,disturbing incidents seem to erupt randomly as they proceed through a day in their life.The novel is very skilfully written and as life takes on a very disturbing gradual change until you wake up as one type of person but you do not know if you will be the same at the end of the day.
A movie is already being planned for this book.
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