MARRIED WITH ZOMBIES (Living with the Dead #1)
by Jesse Petersen
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster (UK) | Orbit (US)
RELEASE DATE: Feb 2011 (UK) | Sept 2010 (US)
FORMAT: Paperback, 241 pages
GENRE: Urban Fantasy, Zombies
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.
MARRIED WITH ZOMBIES is such a fun book! The main characters, Sarah and David, are married, and while there is a zombie apocalypse unfolding around them, they still argue about the issues that had them in therapy to begin with, and because of these two characters, MARRIED WITH ZOMBIES gives a slightly original slant on the usual characters offered in zombie fiction.
However, that’s where the originality ends, this book is full of zombie fiction cliches, but you know what, I didn’t care. This is such a great read because it is pure entertainment. I giggled at their quibbles and yet there is still enough substance and depth to make me care about both these characters. There’s also enough disgusting viscera and brain munching to keep me happy with regards to action and it’s a fast-paced read.
It begins when Dave and Sarah are on their way to see their marriage therapist and notice that the roads aren’t as busy as usual. But they don’t think much about it and continue bickering. When they arrive at their therapy session they wait outside the room. After waiting for what seems like ages, Sarah opens the door to find Dr Kelly munching on her previous clients.
The first thing I noticed was that Dr. Kelly’s eyes were no longer blue. Now they were red with huge pupils that didn’t seem to focus on anything in particular, even when she looked right at us.
Her skin was a greyish tone, sickly and pale and…dead-looking, honestly. Except for her mouth, which was covered with a black substance that clung to her lips and teeth. Her chin was bright red with blood and sticky with flesh from the fresh meal she had just devoured.
“Um, Dr. Kelly,” I said, hardly able to breathe. “Dr. Kelly, are you okay?”
From there chaos ensues and Dave and Sarah find themselves in a zombie infested world where they have to fight, kill and steal to stay alive. It’s the same old story I’ve read many times within this genre, but it’s wrapped in snappy dialogue and contains two very interesting, fun characters.
There are a few other characters throughout the book but they are fleeting acquaintances. Mostly, Dave and Sarah have to pull together to survive, and they begin to surprise themselves at what they’re actually capable of.
I shook off my surprise and started booking it across the parking lot again. One of the zombies broke toward us and caught up to us pretty easily since we were slowed down by Dave’s injury. I pushed my husband behind me and did the thing you always see at some point in zombie movies.
I went all kung fu on his zombie ass.
They soon begin to work as a team and although this is a story about a married couple with zombies, there’s still enough action to keep the story moving along at a perfect pace. It’s also narrated by Sarah, who’s funny and brave – I like her a lot. Dave’s great too but for me Sarah is the star.
MARRIED WITH ZOMBIES is a wonderfully entertaining read. The writing is witty, the characters are warm and funny and the story is suspenseful and exciting. The slight twist on the typical hero and heroine of zombie fiction makes this is a refreshing read and I highly recommend it to any zombie fan.
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