- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (April 13 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 031260808X
- ISBN-13: 978-0312608088
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 525.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 249 g
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #271,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Hater: A Novel Paperback – Apr 13 2010
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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, Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy 1 & 2
“A lucid approach to the state of fear in which we live in and a spine-chilling fable about its utmost consequences... Be careful with HATER, chapter by chapter it will make its way into your soul till it finds the seed of evil that lurks within.” ―J.A. BAYONA, director, The Orphanage, Hater
“Powerful and well-written.” ―S.M. STIRLING, author of Dies the Fire, The Scourge of God
“HATER touches something universal and truly scary--the little voice in all of our heads that tells us the difference between 'us' and 'them'. Subtly drawn, engrossing characters take us inside a landscape of paranoia and fear.” ―DAVID WELLINGTON, author of Monster Island, 99 Coffins, Vampire Zero
“David Moody spins paranoia into a deliciously dark new direction. [He] is one scary guy.” ―Jonathan Maberry, author of Ghost Road Blues, Patient Zero
“David Moody's HATER is a brutal, eerie, and hugely entertaining novel that grips you with its grim and nihilistic attitude from page one. The attention to detail used to paint an average man's often frustrating life is as disturbing as the bloody violence that follows, giving us one of the year's most readable nerve-shredders.” ―TOM PICCIRILLI, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Midnight Road, A Choir of Ill Children
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.See all Product description
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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.
A movie is already being planned for this book.
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.
I finally got around to picking up a copy last week and all I can say is WOW!
It is fast-paced, intense, unrelenting and brutal ' all in good ways.
The premise is simple ' a large minority of people have a genetic disposition to violence and paranoia. Something (the book never tells us what), sets off the genetic marker they have present and very rapidly, civilization begins to fall apart as society tears itself in two ' the Haters, seemingly normal people who suddenly snap and become incredibly violent, begin killing every Unchanged person in their vicinity, usually with their bare hands, but occasionally with an umbrella, a brick, or some other everyday thing.
The book starts off with a bang (a Hater attacks an elderly person in the middle of a crowded square) and then introduces the protagonist, Danny McCoyne, a call centre operator with Parking Services who lives a pretty average paycheck to paycheck existence with his three children and his wife, Liz. The book continues more and more incidents of Haters attacking normal people, interspersed with McCoyne's life in the foreground, drearily trudging on at work and at home. On several occasions, he is nearby when Haters strike and is forced to run for his life. In the background, as Hater attacks on regular people intensify, society begins to slowly collapse, with stores getting looted, martial law enacted, and so on.
If I had one criticism of the book, it is that it never explains why the Hater gene suddenly becomes active. Other than that though, the book was downright fantastic!
The book is amazing and I read it non-stop in a matter of two days, using every waking moment possible to finish it, so that I could tear into the sequel.
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