Wednesday, July 16, 2014

“They’re coming to get you, Barbara.”

I really wanted to write something worthwhile today, like a wrenching personal essay that plumbs the dark, spider-webby recesses of my soul (but not in a narcissistic way, oh no, in a way that reveals something profound about the human condition, etc. etc.), or a brilliant yet hip and laugh-out-loud analysis of the publishing industry and where we'll be five years from now and all the new ways authors will be getting screwed.

That was my intention when I woke up this morning. But then I realized I had absolutely nothing to say on either of those subjects that anyone would want to read. So let's talk about zombies instead.

Still with me?

I've been thinking about zombies even more than usual lately because I'm just about to finish The Enemy by the wonderful Charlie Higson and I'm so happy there's five more in this series I could just weep tears of blood. It's set in post-apoc London (zombie royals!), a year or so after anyone over the age of fourteen has gone barking. Technically, the grown-ups are just "infected" but since they're pretty mindless, eat children, and are actually rotting I'm going to go ahead and include them in the zombie genre.

Things I like about this book: anyone can die, anyone.  It's the Walking Dead of YA zombie fiction. Higson ruthlessly offs main characters left and right, so the tension by the end is sky-high. Which leads me to the other thing I like: there is no main main character. The narrative POV meanders among a wide cast, but they're all distinct and three-dimensional. The dialogue is super sharp and so not like reading dialogue. It's like listening to your friends talk.

So as I run out to buy book two, here are a few more recs for your summer zombie reading list:

Jonathan Maberry's Rot & Ruin, Dust & Decay, Flesh & Bone. Because it has great characters and is surprisingly compassionate towards the poor zoms and who they used to be.

Carrie Ryan's The Forest of Hands and Teeth, The Dead-Tossed Waves, The Dark and Hollow Places. CAUTION: Do not read this series unless you don't mind an extra-large helping of teen angst/navel-gazing. But they're also moody and atmospheric and generally creepy as hell.

Bethany Wiggins' Stung. Okay, there's no zombies, per se, but Level Tens are even scarier.

And of course...Jane Austin and Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. This needs no explanation. Think of it as a twofer.

*FYI, my book, which lacks zombies but does have freaky mutants, will be out later this year. Sad story short, my first publisher, Strange Chemistry, folded in June. News to come shortly on the release date, bear with me...For now, you can check out more stuff like the trailer and whatnot on my website.

1 comment:

  1. I (mostly) loved P&P and Zombies. Just saying. There was just one little (heart-eating part) that was too much for me. Other than that, sooooo funny.