William Meikle wastes no time dooming the world with a fungal apocalypse in his latest DarkFuse title. Fungoid is basically a non-stop adventure read, with a nice little dose of science tossed into the mix to help balance the action and occasional moments of horror.
The story itself shifts across a handful of characters. There's the university research scientist, Rohit, and emergency worker, Jim Noble, who give us equally interesting, and compellingly different, perspectives on the mushroom menace. Shaun is stuck away from his family and when things begin heading south treks out across Canada to reach the Atlantic shores and reunite with his wife and children.
Fungoid is a quick, breezy, expertly paced, and well-crafted story. Couple this with an intriguing doomsday premise and you've got yourself a brisk read. Although it has some shades of familiarity with Joe Hill's The Fireman or the PlayStation video game, The Last of Us, it still stands on its own and is a welcome interpretation on this particular apocalyptic theme. But with this infusion of fungal ends, I can't help but think there must be some kind of spore in the air...
This is a super-fun End of the World romp, but be sure to give yourself some room to breathe and get up to move around a bit in between chapters so you don't start growing moldy.
Final verdict: 4 1/2 out of 5 stars
[As a member of the DarkFuse Book Group, I received an advanced copy of this title from the publisher via NetGalley.]