I had the opportunity to get to know the Vitka brothers during my October Movie Review Marathon. Brothers William and Sean Vitka collaborated and created a movie review in the light of ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’. They created a hilarious review of the ridiculous movie Lizzie that should be known for the longest coffee making/pouring scene in a movie. Ever.
William Vitka is also a journalist, writer, and author who wrote the three books that I am going to review here. Sean Vitka created the cover art and any illustrations in the books. William has created a new type of zombie and a disturbing type of mutation to the zombie lore. Before I start talking about my thoughts, we don’t we discuss the plot of the books.
So, let’s talk about these books.
Twelve-year-old Caleb Svoboda is a little Einstein. He’s brilliant. And even if his tough-guy older brother Jack doesn’t set the best example, they’re part of a loving family. They know they’re lucky.But that luck runs out when an ancient creature awakens under Brooklyn … Reality is cast into nightmares … Everything changes when the ancient creature’s evil kin decide they want to take planet Earth back …The only thing standing in the monsters’ way are a few superkids from Brooklyn.
Take any apocalyptic Young Adult novel and inject it with a seismic amount of insanity. We’re talking Hellraiser meets Heroes or a mashup of John Dies at the End with Chronicle and Godzilla. The pure viciousness of the horror is equally balanced by the innocence of the three leads.
The book brings a new life and humor to the ‘coming of age’ tale. The largest difference being an honest look at the human factor. As humans, we feel pain, anger, love, and hate. While it is nice to read about the ‘higher motives’ of humanity, there is a lack of reality. Real people react to life and challenges in ways that are not often explained on books. That is something I appreciated about this book. When hurt or when a loved one is hurt, the kids lash out in a way that makes sense. On top of that, there is an insane amount of creative weapon use (chainsaws, man chainsaws).
NYC has two renewable resources: Attitude and sleazy politicians. Now, one politician has ushered in the end of the world. A councilman kills a hooker with his penis. From that shocking sexual dalliance is spawned a super parasite that transforms its victims into ravenous monsters — and it’s loose on the streets of New York. There are things worse than zombies out there. Who will survive this apocalypse?
‘Stranded’ – An invasion tale like no other. An intelligent sci-fi adventure for the working man. It’s THE GREY meets ALIENS. Men isolated at a logging camp in Alaska spend their days working and driving dogs. Drinkers. Smokers. Tough guys doing a tough job. In the middle of a terrible storm, a black circular shape careens overhead. None of them want to admit that they saw it: A goddamn flying saucer.