Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Flip That Zombie-Jesse Petersen

Our favorite married couple surviving the zombie apocalypse are back…and they are open or business.


“The Zombie Apocalypse has been good to Sarah and David. Their marriage is better than ever. They communicate well, share responsibilities, and now, they’re sharing a business. ZombieBusters-for all your zombie extermination needs. There are lots of zombies and that means lots of customers…except one of them doesn’t want the zombies dead, he wants them alive and ready for experimentation. Mad scientists make for difficult clients and this time, Sarah and David might have bitten off more than they can chew.”

So in this sequel to Married with Zombies, it’s been four months since Seattle feel to zombies, and David and Sarah have gone south to Phoenix, AZ for the winter. All forms of the modern civilization have disappeared. We see that they have decided to open up a zombie extermination business. They hear rumors of “bionic zombies” and people are disappearing. However, when they meet a good doctor working in a secret bunker, Sarah is sucked into the hope of maybe finding a cure, while David doesn’t trust the doctor as far as he can throw them. Sarah is still sort of calling all the shots and though it seems to drive David nuts, he goes along with it. When they take a job to capture zombies versus killing them, it goes all down-hill from there.  Zombie hunts and truths revealed, and a close call for David, this book goes through the gamete of emotions. Where does this book leave us? David and Sarah head east with hopes that the zombie disease hasn’t reached that far.
I enjoyed the journey that Sarah and David take to further test their relationship. The book was funny, and there was action, but I feel that maybe Jesse Petersen couldn’t decide how to write this book. Is it a comedy? Is it action? Drama perhaps? It was a little all over the place. I felt that David was the only character that developed and changed. Sarah, as our narrator, stayed the same, which is good and bad. Good because we already know what she is like. She is the same snarky and sailor-mouthed zombie killing machine. Bad? She is the same snarky and sailor-mouthed zombie killing machine. She is the constant observer, describing the sadness of the refugee camps, the orphans, and the ragged and raw hope of the survivors. But I don’t see anywhere in the book where she really changes and grows. She just kind of the same. Which sadly, makes reading along with her a little boring.

My main issue with the book is the last big action stand-off scene. It’s like a scene from Resident Evil was laid in over David and Sarah. I have found that to be the case with some zombie books I’ve been reading lately that they have this Resident Evil feel to it: Evil Corporation/Mad Scientists, tough slightly snarky female hero, strong males that bend under the will of said tough female. Not that I don’t enjoy the Resident Evil franchise, I’m just always looking for a twist on an old favorite.

Though I found this book a little lacking and not as good as Married with Zombies, I am totally vested in this series and I must know what happens in book three, Eat Slay Love. I still love Sarah and David, but I feel that she may have gone a little off the track with this book. So let’s hope that I get what I want from the next book.

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