hmm...I'm really not sure why I liked this book so much. It wasn't what I expected when I started, I didn't have a very good idea of the premise though. It is a very intense story, and certainly not a happy one. I can't say its original either...it made me think of the movie The Village, I Am Legend, and even The Stand in some ways. All that being said...for some odd reason I really enjoyed reading this. I've been getting more into zombies lately, so why not? I look forward to reading the sequel next year.