Please note: I was given an e-copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influences my opinions of my review.
Synopsis (From GoodReads):Seventeen-year-old Krista must quickly figure out how she’s going to survive in the zombie-destroyed world. The one advantage humans have is that the zombies hate humid environments, so they’re migrating west to escape its deteriorating effects. The survivors plan to construct a wall at North Platte to keep the undead out, and Krista has come to Nebraska to start a new life.
Zombies aren’t the only creatures she has to be cautious of—the other survivors have a dark side. Krista must fight not only to live but also to defend everything she holds dear—her country, her freedom, and ultimately, those she loves.
Review:The book, Life After The Undead is all about conflict: Zombies vs. people, people vs. people, The main character, Krista vs. her cousin, the controlling Liet. There was a constant tension throughout the book as you didn't know when the zombies (or Liet) would strike. I was conflicted as well. I really did like this book. But I also had some strong feelings about Krista that I would like to share.
As much as I was rooting for Krista to survive, I also found her rather self-centered. Of course, the story is told from Krista's viewpoint, but I wish she had shown some concern for others and what they were feeling. Everything that happens is only about how it affects her. If someone dies, she isn't sad about what a horrible death that must have been for the person. No, she is more concerned with how this affects her. She actually gets mad at some of the victims for getting killed! She was also angry that a friend may have been bitten. She never once expresses how distressing it must be for that person to have to wonder if they were going to become a zombie. Some anger was understandable. Perhaps it's her immaturity that makes her this way, but shouldn't she have been concerned about these people, even just a little? Or was this part of the PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) that she probably had? I don't know.
What I do know is that this is a very enjoyable book. I must admit, I have never read a zombie book before, but I was impressed with the eerie mood that author Pembroke Sinclair created throughout the book. Even in the scenes where the characters were "safe", I always wondered whether the zombies would break through and attack!
Along side the post-apocalyptic scenario was a very powerful story of living with an abusive adult. This story line could have been told in a different setting altogether, and it is what grounded the tale in reality for me. Every character has lost loved ones; every character is dealing with the trauma of seeing people die in horrible ways. It was intriguing to see how each person dealt with this. One of the main characters uses what happens to justify their controlling and abusive behavior. There were several groups of people who took advantage of the situation to obtain power. What is it they say: absolute power corrupts, absolutely? Well, this story show that adage in action.
As enjoyable as this was, I was disappointed that more was not resolved by the ending, which is why I am deducting half a star from my rating. Clearly, the author hopes to make this into a series. There are many possibilities for further adventures for Krista, with new survivors she could meet along the way. I think the author has created a scenario that could sustain several books. I just wish that the main conflict between Krista and one of the other characters would have had a more definitive conclusion.
Release Date: October 27th, 2015
Source: I was given a copy to review from the publisher
Recommendation: For lovers of the Zombie genre, this will be a fun ride.
Would I read more from this author? Yes.