Killer Kudzu

Fiction - Dystopia
196 Pages
Reviewed on 03/16/2022
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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

Killer Kudzu by Julius Thompson is a sci-fi apocalyptic horror novel set in the American deep rural south. Scientist John Miller stumbles upon an unknown variant of kudzu while experimenting with a Venus flytrap and trying to assimilate it with the native kudzu. John and his brother Chuck realize that the sample they have might be more dangerous than they had previously anticipated. The brothers travel to the small rural town of Randolph in Northeast Georgia, where Grandma Peters is eagerly waiting for her grandson, Justin Camp. However, a tornado hits Randolph, leaving a trail of devastation, including spreading the Miller brothers' dangerous samples over unknown regions. Now, the inhabitants have to deal with the rapidly spreading mutant variant of the kudzu that has been devouring animals and humans alike.

If you love to watch movies like The Happening, you're going to have a blast reading Killer Kudzu. Author Julius Thompson seamlessly infuses some relevant social commentary about racism and bigotry into the story, which adds a bit of gravity to the narrative, making it all the more compelling to read. The multiple POV narrative helps to showcase the different factions involved within the story. The characters have distinct personas and idiosyncrasies, and the dialogue between them often resembles the unique dialect of the people living in the deep south. Each chapter is filled to the brim with an atmosphere of tension and dread, keeping you on the edge of your seat. I recommend Killer Kudzu to readers who love apocalyptic stories.

Dennis De Rose

KILLER KUDZU, written by JULIUS THOMPSON, is a fast-paced horror fest about what might happen if two bumbling scientists, Chuck and John, play around with gene splicing with no thought to consequences, other than perhaps making a name for themselves.

Julius has accomplished what many writers struggle with, painting a vivid word picture, creating a different masterpiece with each chapter. One goal of a good writer is to make the reader feel he or she is part of the action, in the story like the proverbial fly on the wall. I was sitting at the back table when everyone was talking about the kudzu in the local diner. I stood behind Grandma Peters several times when she let people know she wasn't afraid of anything, not even a killer plant.

As a reader, I enjoyed several chapters of KILLER KUDZU, but I really enjoyed chapter four. Dennis and Carla Anderson run a small country store and have for many years. Dennis loves his customers, and every day is free penny candy day. Carla goes along with it, but reluctantly because she knows it cuts into their profit. But when danger lurks just outside their backdoor, together, they come up with a solution.

Julius' characters are well defined, each with different mannerisms and attitudes and most of them refuse to back down even when facing the unknown. Each chapter, from beginning to end, is compelling and informative, showing us a little piece of the puzzle with the turn of each page. Morphing kudzu makes the story that much more interesting. Every good story is sprinkled with truisms and Julius doesn't pussy-foot around when he addresses important topics like racism and individual prejudices.

KILLER KUDZU's front cover is eye-popping; you won't miss this book on the library or bookstore shelf. The back cover is easy to read. The author's choice of font and spacing make the book easy on the eye. Don't you just hate it when a writer tries to cram several hundred words on a page to put more money in the pocket? Julius has written four or five other books and if they are as good as Kudzu, I can't wait to read them. Whatever you do Julius, keep on writing!