Book Review: The Village (The Spread, Book 2)

Hey Bookworms,

I hope you had a great work week! Mine’s been very chaotic, so I’m grateful that the weekend is here and I can relax a bit. Trying to stay as optimistic as possible!

Anywho, today I’m sharing another book review. This time I read The Village (The Spread, Book 2) by Iain Wright.

I enjoyed reading The Hill, so I just had to give the second one a try and see how that one stacked up as well. Keep on reading for the spoiler-free review!



The fungus is spreading and life is changing, becoming corrupted…

Continue Ryan and Aaron’s story as they flee the cottage by the hill and finally make it to the village where they hope to find safety, but the threat of the quickly spreading fungus is only growing worse, and not everyone in the village welcomes strangers. It’s time to meet the locals.



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The Review:

I enjoyed reading the first book in this series, so I gave this one a shot.

Unfortunately, I didn’t like it quite as much as the first one, though I did still have plenty of fun along the way.

Continuing from where the first book left off, Ryan and Aaron have arrived at the village expecting to find safety. Instead they find the same deadly fungus that they escaped from up on the hill. Desperate to survive this fungal plague, they continue to fight for their lives to survive and find true safety.

There were some really good elements in this book, though some didn’t work quite as well as the first time.

The characters overall made sense. Ryan, Aaron, and those who survived from the first book feel the same, only changed since discovering the fungus. Plenty of new characters are introduced, some of which I enjoyed and others who didn’t feel all that important. Still it’s an overall good job for the characters. My only qualm is that I wish there was still some more depth from Ryan and Aaron. We got plenty of that in the first book, but this time around the book didn’t really build much more on their characters. It feels like they’ve been maxed out a bit.

The plot was fun, but sometimes I had issues. I felt that the action could get so fast-paced that it was too jumpy from one action to the next. I had trouble forming mental images of what was happening in small spots due to that. I also think that the mentality of characters actions was suspect in a few spots. I’m not going to give specific examples for fear of spoiling things, but there were distinct chapters where I felt the actions chosen didn’t make enough sense to me, especially if there’s an easier way out of the predicament.

That being said, this book’s brisk pace kept my heart pumping. The horror element is very much present throughout with some new surprises along the way, and I’m dying to see what happens next in this scary series!


That’s a Wrap!

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  1. Good review. It does disappoint me when the action jumps around so fast because I don’t have enough time to ramp up my emotions for the characters in a scene before another scene starts. Still, it sounds like a fun read.

    • Thanks Priscilla! Hope you’ve been doing well. 🙂

      I love fast paced but there is such a thing as too much. Still a good fun book. I think the author recently came out with a fourth book. I only thought there were three!

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