Before I sat down to write this review, I tried several times in my head to come up with an opening sentence bold enough to fit this book. My first idea was this: “I don’t care who you are or what kind of books you read…drop what you’re doing and go buy SAVAGE SPECIES immediately!” I thought that might be a bit harsh, but it certainly conveys my feelings towards author Jonathan Janz’s newest release. If you only read one horror book this year, you need to make damn sure it’s this one.
If you’re not familiar with SAVAGE SPECIES, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Samhain Publishing:
Jesse thinks he’s caught a break when he, the girl of his dreams, and her friend are assigned by their newspaper to cover the opening weekend of the Peaceful Valley Nature Preserve, a sprawling, isolated state park. But the construction of the park has stirred an evil that has lain dormant for nearly a century, and the three young people—as well as every man, woman, and child unlucky enough to be attending the grand opening—are about to encounter the most horrific creatures to ever walk the earth. A species so ferocious that Peaceful Valley is about to be plunged into a nightmare of bloodshed and damnation.
A whole myriad of terms come to mind instantly when I think about this book: “relentless”…”ferocious”…”intense”…”brutal”…”amazing”. No single word, though, seems to do it justice. With this book, Janz has reset the bar for horror excellence. This is now the standard by which all future horror books should be judged.
It is simply that good. Period.
But what makes SAVAGE SPECIES so wickedly great? Several factors, actually. It is written very well, with vivid prose and fast pacing. The characters are well fleshed out and believable. And the action is intense and unyielding. Not to mention the plot itself.
But the horror…oh yes, the sweet, savory horror…that is what makes this novel so delicious. I had to stop reading at a few points just to catch my breath and reassure myself that this is only fiction. This books is absolutely relentless! It will take you deep into the bowels of the earth…and then rip you apart.
The intensity of SAVAGE SPECIES never lets up, and that’s one of the main reasons I like it so much. Every time you think things are about to slow down, something else pops up…and wow, do things escalate! Try as I might here, I simply cannot put into words how much I enjoyed this book.
Obviously, this one is a huge win for me and I urge you to read this ASAP once it hits store shelves in a couple of weeks. This is a taut horror novel that will take you on a gore-filled thrill-ride, a trip that you will never forget. Check this one out for sure.