12 November 2011

Dead Living by Glenn Bullion

Dead Living by Glenn Bullion

Published: 4 April 2011

Pages: 224 (paperback)

Genre/s: Zombie, Post-Apocalyptic

Source: Own library

Check it Out: Goodreads ~ Amazon

Synopsis (Goodreads)

It didn’t take long for the world to die. The dead rose with no explanation and only one purpose...to eat living flesh. Born on the day everything died, the world of the living dead is the only world that Aaron knows. Kept in relative isolation from the walking corpses, his family teaches him how to read and write, how to survive on his own. After a tragedy hits close to home, he discovers he is different than any human left alive.

The undead want nothing to do with him.

The survivors of the old suburb of Lexington call a high school their home. They survive day to day, without any of the luxuries mankind used to enjoy, and surrounded by the living dead. Samantha is a product of the new world. Alone, cold, looking out only for herself. She and the other residents of Lexington feel their hope dwindling. They need change. They need someone who isn't afraid of the walking corpses. They need someone who would rather live in a city of the dead.

They need Aaron.


My Thoughts

Dead Living begins with a normal workday for Joe, a forklift driver. However, his normal day quickly becomes very abnormal as one of the employees is bitten. Receiving a call to inform him his wife is in labour, he speeds towards the hospital, desperate to be there for the birth; however upon arriving at the hospital he finds himself in the middle of the zombapocalypse with staff and patients alike being bitten and hunted through the hospital corridors.

Escaping the hospital with his wife’s best friend, newborn baby son and two strangers he meets in the hospital, they retreat to the woods to try and survive.

Flash-forward 13 years later and Joe and his son Aaron and friends are living a comfortable life in a secluded cabin, forging new relationships and venturing reluctantly out into the world to scavenge. After a supply run turns deadly, Joe’s son Aaron finds himself alone in a world over-run by the undead.

Another flash-forward and Aaron is a young man, living alone in the middle of a city populated by walking corpses and by chance meets Samantha, an angry and isolated woman who trusts no one and takes her back to his haven among the dead. However, Aaron has a secret that he is desperate to hide.

The first chapter of this book, focusing on the first day of the zombapocalypse is fast-paced, a little too much so. Although the action drags you in, I didn’t find the writing style to my liking and, to be honest, had a sinking feeling that I wouldn’t enjoy this book. Even after the first flash-forward I was a little bored, and although not tempted to give up, I still wasn’t convinced this book would improve.

However, once I had reached lead-up to Samantha and Aaron meeting each other, things improved out of sight. Suddenly I had to keep reading, and found myself lost in the story….

Aaron is definitely my favourite part of this book and as a character is extremely likable. Sam was also well-drawn and her transformation from an abrasive tough young woman to a valuable member of the survivor community was interesting to see.

Now, I’m not a fan of romance in zombie books – it’s a hard thing to pull off when the world is populated by walking corpses – it tends to distract me from the story itself and often results in eye-rolling of epic proportions and skim reading. This one however is not too bad – sure there are some cheesy lines along the lines of ‘dying for you’ and ‘follow you forever’ – but it also brings some interesting ideas on how people born into an undead world learn about love and relationships.

As Zombie books go, this one has far less blood and gore than most I have read, but don’t let this put you off – the focus is far more on the characters, storyline and survival. The zombie / post-apocalyptic sub-genre was once the domain of a select few writers and readers, but over the past few years there has been a glut of new writers and new books, which makes it difficult to write a stand-out book. However, with Dead Living, Glenn Bullion has given it a damn good try and for me it is a success.

3 comments:

  1. The only booL I've read with Zombies in it is by Sheri Tepper, now that is one freaky chic. Thinks sounds worth checking out, Thanks. And double thanks for the follow on my blog, here's mine

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  2. great review..and I love zombies :)
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  3. Thank you for the review, Kat. :) I'm glad you liked it.

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