"The Maker's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse: Defend Your Base with Simple Circuits, Arduino, and Raspberry Pi" Book Review
Written by John Colianni
Published by No Starch Press
Written by Simon Monk
2015, 296 pages, Reference
Released on November 7th, 2015
Let's face it. It's inevitable. One day you're going to wake up and instead of going to your mediocre job or taking a once-in-a-lifetime vacation, you'll be holed up inside your shelter, staving off the hordes of undead who want to desperately eat your arms, legs and face until you’re nothing but dried bones. The world has ended and those who are unprepared will die slow and painful deaths at the hands of reanimated cannibals. Instead of going out like a complete bitch, there is a solution: to grab Simon Monk's The Maker's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse: Defend Your Base with Simple Circuits, Arduino, and Raspberry Pi and learn how to build the ultimate refuge and survive in a world overrun by zombies.
On the surface, one may think that The Maker's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse is just another satirical piece looking to cash in on the zombie hype train. To the contrary, this nifty book starts with the basics of zombie survival, from how to dress and stay healthy to where to search for useful supplies. Then the real fun begins. Unlike what you'll read in Max Brook's Zombie Survival Guide, The Maker's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse will teach you how to solder for the purpose of connecting wires together and to circuit boards as well as more advanced lessons such as how to generate steady sources of electricity. This is clearly where the book stands out from so many other zombie survival books. Each chapter provides step-by-step instructions for various differing projects to make your life easier to survive after your neighborhood has gone to complete shit.
These projects aren't useless filler just to create a piece of entertainment either. Each chapter has a couple of projects that the average person can piece together and practice for when society actually falls apart. The Maker's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse will teach you how to construct zombie alarms, surveillance systems, radio transmission beacons and even a control center for your home base. Scavenging parts for different components when the living are few and far between won't be hard at all and with this how-to guide, you might even live long enough to see civilization rebuild. Either that or become a cannibal. Both are viable options.
Simon Monk's The Maker's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse stands out from the rest of the survival guides claiming to prepare you for when the dead want to make you their everlasting meal. Instead of building an ultimate weapon or teaching fighting techniques, you'll learn other practical things like how to draw zombies away from your location or how to communicate with your scavenging team while you're at your home base. I can honestly say that I haven't seen book take his sort of approach that can be applied to any real natural disaster but cleverly draws in zombie enthusiasts. When you're done with what seems like the never-ending amount of information inside The Maker's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, make sure to check out the source code for the projects (on page 4). You won't be disappointed.