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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Book Review: Married With Zombies

Title: Married With Zombies
Series: Living With the Dead Book 1
Author(s): Jess Petersen
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Zombies
Publisher/Year: Orbit/2010
-Webpage/blog: Jesse Petersen
-Read the First Chapter

Synopsis: 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.

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 a heartwarming tale of terror set during the time of the zombie uprising.

Review:  Zombies as marriage counseling, well I guess zombies really have done it all now (except Sesame Street--have they done that yet?).  Many times during this book I would slap my head and think 'I see what you did there', mentally wagging my finger.  At other times I'm darkly amused by the fact that all those 'couple' self-help quotes must have been made for the Zombie Apocalypse. "Find a common goal"--you mean like finding a get away car before you get eaten?  "Choose interests that suit you both"--well staying alive is certainly an interest that suits them both.

We're told the story from Sarah's first person POV, which is fine I like that for 'survival' sorts, but I would have liked to know more from David's POV.  This is, ostensibly, about how they work out their marital problems through zombie pwnage so to hear David's side seems reasonable.  Also Sarah would at times try to be too...witty I guess is a good word for it.  I think Sarah watched too much Buffy--she would make wildly inappropriate (though still amusing) commentary while fending off a zombie.

This book, unless you mistake it for a 'cutesy' book because of the bright pink and comedic elements, is gore-infested.  From Zombie attack victims to the...creative ways Sarah finds to take care of the menace, this is not meant for the squeamish.  Petersen manages to balance both without too many hitches and despite the zombie menace the relationship between Sarah and David, or rather reconnection, felt true and heart warming (kind of, Sarah not's a 'warm' sort of person).

Flip This Zombie, the second book, is due out in January 2011.  But remember kids, raising the undead to keep your parents together is not cool--if two people are meant to break up they will, rotting corpses or not.