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Them or Us (Hater) by David Moody

Them or Us (Hater)

by David Moody

Series: Hater (3)

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I only read half of this book and I read this series completely out of order, starting with "Dog Blood" then went back and read "Hater" then tried to conclude with "Them or Us". I don't know what my opinion would have been if I had just read the books in order. I thought "Dog Blood" was excellent but did not think much of "Hater". "Them or Us" focused on a lot of suffering. Despite it being a few years since reading I can still remember in detail the images and the greasy taste of the scenes that the words made in my head. I don't recall why I did not finish. I was in college at the time and maybe just didn't find the time and had to return it. I wouldn't say it was bad at all though. If it had been as good as "Dog Blood" I would have definitely finished this book though.

The first book depicted the initial change and battles among people when whatever it was caused the change in the haters’ brains to make them aggressive and violent. I liked the idea of the haters. Something in their brain told them that people who were not "haters" were an immediate threat to their existence so they had to be eliminated. I hated the character and was uninterested in the introduction to this new awful world.
The second book picked up shortly after when it was well established that haters and nonhaters where at war with each other. Danny decides to find his daughter. She is 5 years old. I found this plot to be incredibly interesting and seeing the "hater" children as well. Also interesting- Danny can "resist" the hate.
After an extended amount of time after “Dog Blood” "Them or us" takes place. I don't even recall any nonhaters in the book. It seemed like they were now dealing with the world they had destroyed with their hate. Danny is part of some small camp and is on the bottom or near bottom of the pecking order- hence his suffering. After the haters became more isolated (or had they killed most of the nonhaters by now?) they seemed to all become normal, terrible, people again.

I will not give this book a star rating since I did not complete it.
  wolfeyluvr | Dec 10, 2016 |
Originally published on the Clermont County Public Library Off the Shelf blog (http://www.clermontlibrary.org/wp/2012/01/david-moodys-hater-trilogy/)
Originally, self-published on the internet with great success, the Hater series is a look at one man’s plight through the destruction of human society. The series begins with Hater in which Danny McCoyne is stuck in a dead end bureaucratic job that does not pay enough to support his partner and three children. One day people start attacking other people for no apparent reason. The media terms these people “Haters”. This story follows Danny as his world goes mad and the lack of the government response to the “Haters”. This is a well written book built on suspense more than action. In the second book, Dog Blood the two halves of society, the “Haters” and “Unchanged” are now at war, which can only end when one set is extinct. This book is gory and packed full of action just the way apocalyptic books should be. Them or Us, the conclusion, is set a year after the “Hater” attacks began and several months after the “Unchanged” dropped nuclear weapons on every major city in Great Britain. This book is your typically post-nuclear war with a dash of “Hater” on “Unchanged” battles. There are the battles over food and power. The author does not flinch away from the violence people will commit over things like cooked dog meat when they haven’t eaten in days. The third feels a little disconnected from the first two which ultimately left me a little disappointed with the finale. Overall, I loved the series; it was definitely a great new twist on the apocalyptic “zombie” fiction. I now cannot wait to see the movie based on this series being made into a movie by the director Guillermo del Toro. ( )
  MegJaskow | Jan 29, 2012 |
I can't honestly say I was expecting a happy ending to this post-apocalyptic zombie trilogy, but some kind of resolution would have been nice. ( )
  saramllr | Jan 10, 2012 |
In the not-too-distant past, most people led uneventful lives: work, family, an appearance of a social life whenever possible. Then, the entire world change, and friends suddenly found themselves at war with what used to be friends, co-workers, family. A primal urge directed the changed -- the Haters -- to attack and kill those who were Unchanged before they could do the same to them. After months of battles between the Haters and the Unchanged, those that remained alive now struggle to survive in a harsh nuclear winter.

Many of the Haters have collected in the town of Lowestoft, and Danny McCoyne tries to eke out a living as the tool of the town's tyrannical leader, Hinchcliffe. Hinchcliffe's sole goal is to rid the world of the remaining Unchanged, and he's found McCoyne to be very useful. McCoyne has a special ability to withhold the Hate, allowing him to infiltrate the dens of the Unchanged, to flush them out so they can be destroyed.

But with fewer of the Unchanged being found and with his body aching from terrible fits of coughing and pain, McCoyne attempts to distance himself from the society of Lowestoft. Yet someone from his last mission has other ideas, ideas which force McCoyne to challenge the very nature of what being a Hater is and what the war between Haters and the Unchanged accomplished. A dividing line has been drawn, and Danny must decide on which side he stands.

This final book in the "Hater" trilogy is definitely the most thought-provoking of the series. Whereas the first two novels focused on the physical aspects of the changed versus the Unchanged, the bloody battles, family member against family member, and all out war, "Them or Us" asks the reader to understand the results of the fighting and to question the reasoning behind it. Human civilization is probably at an end, and even though the Haters try desperately to return to some kind of normalcy, they still harbor an instinctive need to kill the Unchanged. It's through Danny that the reader tries to understand why the world changed. His ability to withhold the Hate offers the unexpected side effect of making him question the world and the people like Hinchcliffe.

The story is still as gritty and unforgiving as the first two novels, but it also offers a surprising ray of hope. "Them or Us" brings David Moody's "Hater" trilogy to a satisfying and optimistic conclusion. ( )
  ocgreg34 | Nov 11, 2011 |
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The conclusion to the HATER trilogy. The war that has torn the human race apart is finally nearing its end. With most towns and cities now uninhabitable, and with the country in the grip of a savage nuclear winter, both Hater and Unchanged alike struggle to survive. Hundreds of Hater fighters have settled on the East Coast in the abandoned remains of a relatively undamaged town under the command of Hinchcliffe--who{u2019}ll stop at nothing to eradicate the last few Unchanged and consolidate his position at the top of this new world order. This fledgling society is harsh and unforgiving--your place in the ranks is decided by how long and how hard you{u2019}re prepared to fight. Danny McCoyne is the exception to the rule. His ability to hold the Hate and to use it to hunt out the remaining Unchanged has given him a unique position in Hinchcliffe{u2019}s army of fighters. As the enemy{u2019}s numbers reduce, so the pressure on McCoyne increases, until he finds himself at the very center of a pivotal confrontation, the outcome of which will have repercussions on the future of everyone who is left alive.… (more)

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