Living with the Dead #1
Written: Jesse Petersen [website]
Published: Orbit, Mass Market
When: September 1, 2010
Obtained via: Purchase
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.
If I had to describe this book in one word, it would be: delicious. This book makes me want to use non-words, like “ZOMG!” I found out today that the sequel, Flip this Zombie, is now being found on shelves and I have been overcome with WANT. I will be scrambling to get my hands on it.
Imagine you are married – unhappily. Imagine that you and your spouse have been going to weekly therapy sessions that have been doing more hindering than helping and you’ve both been googling “divorce lawyers”. You’re feeling busy, tired, unhappy, unfulfilled, and all the things you used to find endearing about your lover have been outweighed by the zillion and one other annoying damned things s/he does. It’s been a long day. You’re tired, stressed, and on your way to your appointment for marriage counseling.
Now, imagine that when you get there, your therapist tries to eat your face off.
Congratulations! You’ve now found your way into the world of Married With Zombies!
This book isn’t afraid of anything: not of letting the main couple’s marital problems hang out, not of giving loving details of rotting flesh and bashed-in zombie heads, and not of poking gentle fun at itself. The plot is fairly predictable. (Although that thing there in the middle with the evangelists? Yeah, that surprised me. In a “Wow, that’s so weird that I could totally see it happening in real life,” kind of way.) But the whole thing is written with such… zest, that you won’t mind knowing where the characters are headed.
How well would your relationship do in the midst of the Zombiepocalypse? No, really, I’m asking. There’s a quiz and everything.
Happily, I think I can finally quit bitching about the lack of married couples in urban fantasy, because this series fits the bill nicely. If you loved Shaun of the Dead the same way I did, then Married With Zombies is just the Christmas read you need. (And if you have a friend who enjoyed Shaun? Buy it for them, too!)
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