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“In an isolated roadside diner, a desperate group of strangers barricade themselves against a ravenous horde of undead customers who crave something more than the early bird special. They want flesh. Human flesh. With a side order of brains and stomach-turning terror.”

I have been in a mood for horror so when I saw a zombie book on the new book shelf at the library I was super excited. Normally zombie books aren’t exactly my thing, but I was really surprised with this book.

There was a solid back story: outbreak 16 years ago that was controlled and science tried to do its thing. The back story is supremely important to the plot and it actually has shaped the characters. Some characters are suffering through PTSD because they were nearly killed in the outbreak and others have gone completely insane from it. Others are doing a bit better and are able to continue their lives.

The characters were diverse. There were farmers, bikers, thugs, women, men, children; it was nice to not have a very set cast. I also liked how the book would focus on a group for a little while to see how they played a big role in the events that took place even if they didn’t know they were there. It also humanized the zombies by focusing on the different groups as some of the people from the groups became zombies.

My only issue with the book are the two daughters of the scientist. Spoiler alert: they are mutant vampire/zombie hybrids. They must feed on human blood to survive and the ones they feed off of become zombies. What? While it is cool that the back story to the scientist had current time repercussions, the repercussions are a bit nuts. Of everything in the book, this was the only part that got me as being off. It was scary in the sense that two teenage girls could literally destroy the world if they wanted to or if they lived as long as their father predicted, but the way it worked just felt cheap.

This is one of the few times that zombie anatomy being explained was fascinating to me. The lore of the zombie is a bit different than I am used to as zombies can last sixteen years and still be walking around, which doesn’t quite jive with the decomposing motif that most other zombie lore has. It was interesting and made them even more frightening as they may be able to live longer and really wreck havoc. The way the zombies could climb ladders and drown was also a great touch.

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4 out of 5 stars. I would recommend this book.

You can buy this book here.

~Isaiah

 

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