Author: Bryan Dunn
Page Count: 202 pages (294 KB Kindle format)
Genre: horror, thriller
Copy for review provided by the author in anticipation of an honest review
Back Cover Summary:
A zany group of characters struggle to save their home after a genetically altered creeper vine invades a small desert town.
Doc Fletcher, an eccentric biologist in the remote Mojave Desert, has finally created the ultimate drought-tolerant plant: a genetically engineered creeper vine. It's destined to change the world, but not according to Doc's plans. Instead, this vine has a mind of its own. Mayhem ensues as the residents of Furnace Valley (pop. 16), along with campers at the nearby hot springs, run for their lives - led by wannabe date rancher Sam Rainsford and the nerdy yet gorgeous botanist Laura Beecham, who has come to the desert for a reunion with the father she has never known...
True confession time- when I read the summary of Creepers, this is the first thing I thought of:
Evil sentient plants! The planet in question for this book, known as the Fletcher Creeper after the guy who engineered it, has way grander ambitions than Audrey II- this plant wants to destroy everything it comes across, no exceptions.
There is a lot going on in this book, and I will say that the murderous plants were definitely my favorite element of the story here. I'm not a huge fan of horror fiction but this was a good access point for me as a reader.
The strength of this story lay in the building of the suspense surrounding the nature of the Fletcher Creeper and the speculation about how on earth all the characters were going to escape their plant-based doom. I could easily picture those scenes and found my attention really grabbed at those points.
This book does have two big weaknesses- one is the high number of chapters and breaks in the narrative (78 chapters) which makes for uneven pacing and a jarring effect while reading, and the other is a large cast of characters that we never really get to know. We have to assume that these characters have feelings and back story and all that, but we never really get to know from the text what any of those things might be.
Upon finishing this book, I felt that the story was interesting enough, and further polishing would have enhanced the reading experience. I wouldn't be averse to reading another book from this author, but I don't think this one will go down as my favorite.