The first 75% of this novella is captivating. The sense of dread, panic, and distress is palpable. I was riveted to the story because Mr. Barber created a highly dangerous and confusing world, and I really did not know what was around the next corner. The prose was fluid and the two “normal” characters were nicely drawn.
But then… nothing happens. Many of the reviews comment on this, so I won’t elaborate other than to say I felt let down. I almost wonder of the author had no idea how to end it. I’m fine with ambiguous endings – in fact, they can be effective in keeping the story alive. This story doesn’t even have an ambiguous ending to dwell on. Which is very sad. I hope he writes a sequel, because I want to read more, but I would have preferred an attempt at an ending for The Sleeping Dead.