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Ah. Another Zombie book. It is always interesting to see what fresh angles an author can write the zombie apocalypse from. With so much Zombie fiction out there, it’s nice to come across something that has unique qualities.
This book follows the journey of Jenna, an apocalypse survivor. It basically starts off about two to three years after the shit hits the fan and around 80 percent of the United States population dies out due to a mysterious illness. Only, a lot of them do not remain dead, but instead return as Stalkers. a.k.a- ZOMBIES. (Oh Noes!) Jenna was picked up by a rag-tag group of survivors about a year or so before and the story picks up with her continuing journey with the group. However, the book is told from a third person point of view, allowing us a marginal peek inside the other characters’ heads as well.
Jenna was a character that was written with a lot of truth to her. She is weak, make mistakes, and becomes despondent and bored, bordering on depressed. She is withdrawn from her group and reluctant to really get to know a lot of them. (Although she does improve marginally throughout the novel. WOO for character growth) Her situation rang true to me, because not every character can be the ‘hero’ persona who kicks major zombie ass and never tires and just totally DOMINATES when it comes to survival. They never get tired or pass out from sheer exhaustion. They are always strong and can do it themselves, damn-it (Don’t get me wrong. I ADORE these characters. hehe. Bad-ass characters are the bomb) I am just saying it is nice to read about the Zombie overtaking with such stark and (frankly, depressing) honesty. There is no hot running water. People stink. The days do consist of mostly staring off of roofs, watching for danger, trying to sleep even though you are terrified, and being completely bored out of your mind. People die. People suck. Nothing is sunshine and unicorns and rainbows..
Speaking of sunshine. I loved the “Others” aspect that was woven into the story. With humans too weak to survive the undead on their own, groups of people are changed by the virus. Instead of becoming Zombies or remaining humans, they are a sort of hybrid of the two. Caleb just happens to be an other. They are so fascinating, because they remind me of a different paranormal creature. I am not going to tell you which one, but just know, it’s cool. (: He has a protective personality as well and I enjoyed him as a character. He had an adorable smirk and joked around occasionally, which are never bad things in my opinion. He always knew when Jenna was in a dark place and tried to help.
The romance was cute. (: I liked the progression of the relationship from Jenna being uncomfortable around him, even though she had technically been in the same group with him for a while, to what they do eventually become. There was zombies and other obstacles along the way, but I am content with the way the story ended. (:
Oh! WARNING: There is a smidgen of a love triangle, which I am opposed to, but it was not crazy or incredibly infuriating or anything, so I am good. Besides, he was a bit of a dork, too. (:
All in all? A fascinating, darker take on life after the Zombie apocalypse that, while not completely slap you in the face original, can definitely hold its own against the other versions out there. I read it in one sitting.
Oh! Oh! Also, gore factor. Woooo. Let me just tell you, my mom would not be able to read it. 😉 preview: mucus. sinew. brains. blood. Actually, the descriptions were quite graphic. (: t’was soo gross.