I like zombocs. In fact, I’d go as far to say that the apocalyptic genre, though insanely terrifying, also makes one extremely grateful for their current lot in life. Maybe that’s the allure. Like a subversive life gratitude lesson.
Canadian author Ian Blackport adds a piece to the dystopian/fantasy/zomboc genre with his interesting “Those Who Remain”. It’s hard to be creative and original in the genre of a world where unhumans co-exist with humans, but Mr. Blackport manages to eke some novelty into it.
“Those Who Remain” has two sisters, who, well, remain in a British world full of danger and inhumanity. 10 years have passed since an incurable pandemic wiped out the population, and these two sisters try to hold onto whatever fleeting glimpses of hope to once again live happily.
Blackport’s portrayal of the intimate and strong relationship between the two sisters. They seem to have lost individuality on their journey, and instead co-exist in the bleak world that is depicted very clearly. Human emotions are what would guarantee death, so they must succumb to a hardness that is unnatural to them. In order to survive, they have to change.
A clever commentary on humanity in the face of inhumanity prevails here, making “Those Who Remain” more than your average fantasy book. It’s a post-modern take on what post-modernism is in the literal sense.