In this not too distant future, Caesar has been living with his new ape companions in the woods. He isn't the strongest, but he is definitely the smartest; he's definitely their leader. As such, it his job to find food and safety for himself and the rest. Such small accommodations are as difficult to find as water in the desert when you are constantly attempting to escape mercenaries hired to hunt you.
Meanwhile, human civilization struggles with a silent killer. First there is unrest, then there is panic. Eventually, the people let go of their civilized behavior. All but the few unwavering, in-control minds attempt to keep it together. Riots, destruction, and terror ensue. The people call for putting down the wild ape hoard which they think have unleashed death upon them.
The great thing about this book is that it kept my interest the entire time. There was so much going on that it kept my mind moving, whether if it was one of the apes reliving an unfortunate event or in battle, or if they were simply on the run. On the other side, the rapid collapse of human civilization stayed quite eventful. I'm really enjoying how these new Planet of the Apes stories play to the apes' side. The contradiction from the original Planet of the Apes films, which make you cheer for humanity rather than the apes, is unique. I think you'll find that if you go back and watch the original film after the new movies, you'll cheer for the apes and then cheer for humanity later. It's a definite underdog story. Indie?