Monday, February 28, 2011
Married With Zombies by Jesse Petersen (Audio book): Review
It becomes apparent that something is very wrong in Seattle when the streets become clogged with the living dead. Sarah and David have to make a decision: stay and most certainly join the horde of zombies or fight their way out of the city. For once, they have to put aside their differences and work together as a team. Dr Helen's advice, given while she was human, actually comes in handy.
Married With Zombies by Jesse Petersen is both funny and disturbing. The couple often have to do some pretty icky things to get out of the situations they find themselves in. Yet, the book doesn't take itself too seriously. I found myself chuckling over a few scenes (the neighbour in the bathroom). It reminded me of Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland.
Sarah is the narrator of this tale. I liked her tough talking attitude. I could understand why she was frustrated with David before the zombie apocalypse struck. I did think she was too tough on the poor guy at times. He is no shrinking violet himself though. He takes charge of many situations. The chemistry between them is just right. Petersen does an excellent job of showing the complexities of a relationship: the compromises that are often made, the grudges held. Even though the backdrop is somewhat ridiculous, it feels very real.
The book has an excellent pace with lots of action. I listened to it over just a couple of days. Since this is the beginning of the plague, Sarah hints that much, much more happens before it's all over. I found out later that there are at least 2 more books in the series. I can't wait to find out what happens to Sarah and David next.
To hear Jesse discuss Married With Zombies with Amy and Nicole of the Underground Literary Society please visit their site.
About the audio: Excellently narrated by Cassandra Campbell.