What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Zombie Love: The Outbreak by Eric J. Sobolik

This ebook was sent to me from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I'm fairly new to the zombie subgenre, but I thought I'd give this one a go (after loving Carrie Harris's Bad Taste in Boys and Jonathon Maberry's Rot and Ruin).
Here's the summary from Goodreads: Zombie Love is the story of a widespread virus, in a way that has never been done before. As people lose loved ones, some decide that sometimes the people you love are the only ones worth fighting for. As factions form, and the world crumbles, people must choose sides. Help or destroy. When a virus is developed as the ultimate cure all by reversing death itself, the world is plunged into a crisis of faith, dedication, and love. In book one we meet Summer Strom, a normal high school teenager who is thrown cruelly into a set of circumstances that nobody should have to deal with. She has to fight back against everybody she knows as she battles for the only thing worth fighting for. Love.
What I Liked: 1) I liked the plot - Summer, while being terrified for her life and her family from these Zombies, is still fighting to save the boy she loves. It's really very sweet, though the way she goes about it isn't really very smart. 2) Summer - she has a sword and is kind of a badass. I mean, she doesn't seem like it at first, but then she pulls out this sword and it's like, geez. Almost a Clark Kent/Superman shift. (Yeah, I pulled out a comic book reference!) 2) If you are into the gruesome side of zombies, this book is for you. There's tons of action in this book and it makes the book move very fast. 3) This book ends on a cliffhanger, because it is only the first book in the series. You'll definitely be curious as to what Summer is going to do once you reach the end.

What I Didn't Like: 1) So much of this book was...dark and sad. And scary. Because it was only the first book in a series, I know that a lot of the bad stuff was happening up front, but poor Summer. I don't even know how she was still standing at the end of it. She was put through the ringer. It didn't seem like anything ever went her way. 2) I thought the characters were a little flat. We got a lot of back story, but I always like to get to know characters from their actions, versus just being told how they are. Show, don't tell, I guess would be a good rule to go by.

Overall thoughts: Zombie Love: The Outbreak is a good start to what I expect will be a very interesting and action-packed series. I'd suggest that any Zombie fan take some time to check out this book and run around with Summer as she tries to save herself and her love from the virus overtaking her community and creating zombies!

My rating: 3.5 shots

1 comment:

  1. OMg this cover totally freaks me out!! haha. I hadn"t heard of this series before - and I love me some zombies!!


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