Monday, May 28, 2012

Review ~ Married With Zombies

Married With Zombies

By Jesse Petersen

3.5 out of 5 STARS

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.
(via Goodreads)

The back page refers to it as a Romantic Comedy with Braaains! Well it definitely had its humorous moments as well as some pretty gory descriptions of zombie attacks.

The leading couple is Sarah and David. They have been married for a few years but are having problems. They are on their way to the therapists office that they have been seeing for about six months when they realize how light the traffic is. They get to the office to find their Doctor munching on the previous clients.

The action starts from the very beginning and doesn't let up often. Sarah and Dex head home to try to figure out what the hell is going on and what to do about it. At first, they bicker all the time. But soon they are growing closer and getting better at working as a team. 

Killing zombies for survival becomes the norm but these two do it with style.

"What?" I asked, because Dave's smile had gotten wider. "Why are you looking at me that way?" 
He shrugged as he moved around toward the driver's seat. Before he got in, he grabbed the car zombie's ankle and yanked him off the roof with a violent tug. I heard him hit the ground below with a wet and somehow also crunchy smack. 
"Nothing," Dave said with a shrug as he stood at the driver's side door. "I was just thinking how much cooler you are than any other girl I ever knew."

Another enjoyable feature of this book was that at the beginning of every chapter, you had 1 or 2 sentences that highlighted survival tips. Some of them were pretty hilarious. 

Support your partner in their interests. You never know when batting practice, kung fu movie moves, or even a poker night might come in handy during a zombie infestation.

I like that this book plays on some typical movie cliches. The couple have lots to learn along the way but use self preservation and tips they have picked up from a flick or two.

"You're brave," I whispered. 
He shrugged, but beyond his discomfort and the way his cheeks turned red, I know what I said meant something to him. 
"Well, somebody has to be the hero like in those books you read," he said with a dismissive shrug. 
I smiled as I followed him toward a doorway that led to the kitchen in the back of the casino floor. I don't think he heard me when I whispered, "You are."

This book is the first in a series and chronicles a very short time frame and hardly any distance covered. I found it to be a quick read. One of their encounters I had issues with and felt that angle has been played out too often in fiction. Luckily, they got through it quickly otherwise I may have lost interest all together. Though I liked reading how Sarah and Dave were working through their problems, I didn't have much attachment to them. I may pick up the next book in the series but it's not a rush for me though I do hear they get better as the series continues. 

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