Thursday, July 14, 2011

Married With Zombies

Married with Zombies (Living with the Dead, Book 1)
A heartwarming tale of terror in the middle of the zombie apocalypse.
Meet Sarah and David.
Once upon a time they met and fell in love. But now they're on the verge of divorce and going to couples' counseling. On a routine trip to their counselor, they notice a few odd things - the lack of cars on the highway, the missing security guard, and the fact that their counselor, Dr. Kelly, is ripping out her previous client's throat.
Meet the Zombies.
Now, Sarah and David are fighting for survival in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. But, just because there are zombies, doesn't mean your other problems go away. If the zombies don't eat their brains, they might just kill each other.

I hadn't heard of this series at all until I got the third one from Netgalley to review. It's a really fun, brainless (ha!) read. There's something about zombie stories that I really like. I think it's that there's so much potential there. It can be funny, scary, apocalyptic--this particular book happened to be more funny than anything else.

There is a whole lot of swearing, and for that alone I'd say this is definitely an R-rated book. Right from the first couple of pages, we learn that Sarah and David aren't dainty characters, and can not only swear like sailors, they don't mind killing zombies left and right either. But you kind of have to. After all, when the zombies start coming, there's not much else you can do.

David and Sarah argue a lot--they're going through marriage therapy when the story opens, but they're still really likable characters. I don't remember getting annoyed with them at any point, which is usually pretty common in stories like this. There were side characters, but they just weren't around long enough to get to know or care about any of them. Although, even with the side characters, there were some emotional parts, which was good to balance out the funny.

The one thing I didn't really care for was that the author used the same action bit over and over. Just as Sarah was getting ready to shoot a zombie, somebody from behind her (that she didn't know) would throw some type of knife and kill it. There's gotta be another way to introduce new characters than doing the same thing over and over.

If you're looking for a light romp, and don't mind a lot of language and gore, this may be a good book to pick up to pass an afternoon. It's very short, but it left me wanting to pick up the second in the series (which I already have).

Book Details
Author: Jesse Petersen
Genre: urban fantasy/science fiction
Page Count: 244
Publishing Info: September 2010 by Orbit
Why I Read It: Have 3rd in series for review
Grade: B
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