This was a book that was very reminscent of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road in terms of overall bleakness. The key difference being that while I often cite The Road as the singular worst book I have ever read, this particular book was genuinely great. While I cop to being a Georgia native – and UGA athletics fan -, I am not overly familiar with most of the particular locales described in this book. That said, it is always nice to see an area you’ve known even a bit to be featured in a book. This book is an excellent examination of how society can rebuild itself from nearly anything, including the dual Apocalyptic events described as having happened years before the events here. Truly an excellent human centered book that happens to take place in a world that has survived the Zombie Apocalypse and is still in the process of rebuilding, this book shows those efforts – and secret efforts that could undo every ounce of progress made so far. I really cannot heap enough praise on this debut work. If you are open to genre, read this book. If you like post Apocalypse, read this book. If LGBT centered stories are your particular bent, you will also enjoy this book. If you’re just looking for a solidly entertaining read, read this book. Seriously, just read this book and hope – as I do – that we get an unnecessary yet welcome sequel.
And as always, the Goodreads/ Amazon review:
Stand Your Post, Soldier! This was an excellent story in the vein of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, but… you know, actually good! But it *did* remind me of that bleak, depressing world McCarthy created. This book simply tells a far superior story of zombies and lesbians and a horrifying secret being kept by some people in a town that has come together over the years after the zombies took over the world. This is one of those books that tells a complete tale but leaves a sequel open and ready, and I for one am hoping we get it.