The Zombie genre has been a bit, well, full the past number of years.
But there are still some really interesting stories nestled in amongst
the survivalist ammosexual fantasy crud this genre has descended into.
Happily this is one of them.
Reviewing this without giving bits away is hard. So I’ll say first
off that I liked the book. It leaves you wondering what you’d do;
whether the right decisions had been made. The central characters
were well defined and interesting three-dimmensional people. And I
can imagine a cottage industry of fanfic to cover the stories left
untold in this book. Stories the author rightfully skipped, but
others could make short vignettes in the post-apocalypic world the
author has created.
For character depth, I was taken in by the growing depth of two of
the characters who could have just been two-dimmensional cutouts.
Well worn archetypes that play a role in advancing the plot; coming
across as devices more than people.
Zombie stories can get bogged down in dwelling on what the new world
is like, but this one only describes it as much as the story requires.
In fact it’s the lack of knowledge about what the world is like
that drives some parts of the story. The characters learn as they go
and we the readers learn with them.
They can also get bogged down in backstory. And again the book does
a good job of using backstory to flesh out characters (and even
zombies at times) but only just enough to do that and no more. You
get some questions answered, some motivations explained, but in the
end are often left with a more questions. Questions you can build your
own stories around and the author leaves you to it.