Russian HellwayZ

Fiction - Horror
215 Pages
Reviewed on 10/02/2021
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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite

Igor Generalov dips his creative pen into zombie territory and elevates it into literary horror. Russian HellwayZ tells the story of eight men in a brigade: Yuri Sanych, Sergey Popov, Victor Mikhailov, Alex Redkin, Oleg Varlamov, Sanya Lapshunov, Farkhad the cook, and Mikhail Myakinin. Hired to work at the isolated island of Sengeisky, they become detached from civilization. The cold is fierce, and the job entails dismantling a drilling station. After five weeks, the truck that delivers their food doesn’t come, and two days before that, there is a complete communication shutdown. They can only do so much by improvising and maximizing whatever is at their disposal. As it becomes clear to them that something is not right, they set out to reach the capital, and they will have to work together as a zombie apocalypse team.

Igor Generalov delivers something unique in a time when we must all work together to battle a pandemic. If you think that Russian HellwayZ was written to do nothing but scare, think again. Yes, the zombie genre tells you that you have to shoot every undead in the head to make sure they don’t come back, but this novel takes it a notch higher by building on the concept of teamwork, even if the people on which your survival depends are highly unlikeable. It is a wildly engaging zombie novel that is a breath of fresh air from the common American setting. It strongly reflects the Russian ethos in camaraderie, where favors and opportunities are provided on the merits of emotional trust. If Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote a story about the undead, Russian HellwayZ would be the outcome, and it is a must-read for its fresh take on a horror sub-genre.

Lexie Fox

Russian HellwayZ is a work of fiction in the apocalyptic horror genre. It is aimed at the general adult reading audience and was penned by Igor Generalov. The book follows a group of men who work in the frozen wastes of the Far North to avoid being at the mercy of their native socially corrupt Russia. When contact with the outside world and supplies disappear virtually overnight, they must travel thousands of miles to get back to Moscow, but between them and their home are the zombies that have ravaged the world as well as the equally dangerous remnants of humanity who have survived the initial arrival of the undead.

This book is an excellent exercise in ensemble storytelling, fully utilizing all eight of the diverse cast and their interpersonal dynamics to tell a tense story of survival in an engaging and personal way. The Russian wilderness is a brutal backdrop to this tale. It says a great deal about how Igor Generalov presented the zombies and survivors that the group encounters on their journey as distinctive threats against such a deadly backdrop. Thanks to maps and author translations of Russian slang and culture, Russian HellwayZ is a highly accessible tale for people unfamiliar with Russia. It paints a vivid and unsettling picture of a journey in which any one of the characters could be killed at any moment, which makes for some serious edge-of-the-seat reading. I’d recommend this book to any horror fans, particularly those looking for a fresh and deadly take on zombie tales.

Rabia Tanveer

Russian HellwayZ by Igor Generalov is a horror novel with a touch of action and adventure to make it a remarkable story. Misha, Yuri, Serger, Victor, Alex, Oleg, Sanya, and Farkhad were sent to Sengeisky Island, an isolated part of Russia. The eight of them had been there for some time when they completely lost contact with the outside world. They didn’t receive any food deliveries for about a month, and the communication they had with the outside world stopped suddenly. Curious and a little confused, they decided to leave the island, get to Moscow, and see for themselves. However, they had no idea reaching the capital city would be that hard. Facing zombies was the stuff of nightmares and none of them was prepared to face such danger, but getting to Moscow was more important than they anticipated. Would they get to safety, or would the zombies get to them first?

Russian HellwayZ is a zombie apocalypse story, but it is even better than World War Z. I was expecting gory details, disgusting zombies, and fantastic characters, and I got all of that and more. Misha was my favorite character, but Alex came to a close second. All the characters were naturally human, which means they reacted like any human, talked how a real person would, and adapted as a human would. I loved how everything was written colloquially. From food to locations, everything was authentic to Russia, and I appreciated the whole experience. The narrative was the real star of this story. It was written beautifully to pull readers in, made them invest their time in the story, and gave them just the right amount of action to make them stay. The dialogues were fun, especially the conversations between these eight survivors. The story did become a little intense, but the author made sure it all felt realistic. Fantastic and highly entertaining. Absolutely loved it!