20 Years After the Zombie Apocalypse (The Zombie Apocalypse #1) by Lee Emerick
Published: 31 December 2010
Pages: 173 (paperback)
Genre/s: Zombie, Post-Apocalyptic
Source: Own Library
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Harriette Madyson is the last woman alive. Twenty years ago her world came to an end when a zombie plague engulfed the population of Earth. At the tender age of seven she found herself in a nightmarish situation where the dead literally returned to life. Left with little to use and nowhere to hide Harri now finds herself stalked across the frozen desolate landscape of North America pursued by the former love of her life. All that she has to keep her going is the hope that she can make it home to die in peace.
20 Years After the Zombie Apocalypse is short, but sad, emotional and intriguing. The focus is not so much the zombapocalypse, but afterwards – the dangers of being a survivor, trying to keep your makeshift family together, watching the world deteriorate with lack of upkeep and care.
I really liked Harri as a character, and also felt incredibly sad for her, being (as far as she knows) the last survivor of the human race, pursued by the man she loved who is now a zombie and therefore sees her only as fresh meat.
Harri’s story is told in a series of flashbacks and hallucinations, and in a few places the switch was quite sudden, and took me by surprise, but gave great insight into how Harri came to be where she was, why she was alone, and her reasons for returning ‘home’.
There are some gory moments, but much of the focus is on Harri and her story, so it is far less than some other zombie books, and is written as almost background noise – if you don’t like the descriptions of people being attacked by zombies, 20 Years After the Zombie Apocalypse is written to your taste. I enjoyed this book a great deal.
I’m really looking forward to reading the second book.
Note – there are some small spelling errors that I spotted, but for self-published the spelling Nazi won’t get much of a workout.