18 December 2011

The Undying Apathy of Imogen Shroud by Ben White

The Undying Apathy of Imogen Shroud by Ben White

Published: 14 April 2011 by Clover Island Publishing

Genre/s: Young Adult, Zombie

Source: Author for review

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Imogen Shroud is the unhappiest seventeen year-old in the whole entire world. The world offers her nothing, and so she offers nothing to the world. Given the choice she'd just lie in bed all day every day, a stack of books beside her, locked safely away from the uncaring outside.

But reality intrudes on even the most sedentary of lifestyles. Imogen is forced out of her room and halfway across the city, to the ultra-modern Phoenix Convention Centre and the comic convention it hosts. On its own this would be bad enough, but strange weather is blowing in, bringing with it death--and undeath.

Dealing with depression is difficult. So is dealing with the undead. Dealing with both? Well, sometimes unlife can surprise you... 

My Thoughts

Imogen Shroud is a 17 year old dragged down by life, her days existing of hiding away in her room, reading and generally staring into space. I didn’t know how to feel about Imogen to begin with – she was an intriguing character, but not exactly likeable. However, as the book progressed, I grew to like her more and more – her tenacity, her black sense of humour and loyalty to her family endeared Imogen to me, and by the end she was one of my favourite book characters of this year.

The writing is fluid and descriptive, the action is fast-paced, and even the goriness of the fight scenes is written concisely, giving a polished yet breathless feel to the book, but probably the best writing is that of the characters – they are all individual and unique, and as a reader I couldn’t help but feel for all of them.

There were a couple of places where I felt a little bogged down in the book, when certain parts seemed almost carbon copies of the preceding scenes, but the story turned again and drew me back in completely.

The story of the infection is told by a biologist, but he is a rambler and I found it a little hard to concentrate on exactly what he was trying to say – without wanting to give away any spoilers, there are some unique theories on how the zombies came to be and how to avoid being infected. This may cause a little shudder through some zombie purists, but personally I liked the fact that it wasn’t the ‘normal’ zombie situation.

All in all I really liked The Undying Apathy of Imogen Shroud. It’s well written, the characters are great and the action is non-stop, but this book also has a heart (in the most unlikely of places!)


  1. Still trying to read this one, thanks for the review!

  2. Like the sound of this one - teenage Imogen sounds like teenage me... well, the being locked in a room with a pile of books bit anyway :D

  3. Maybe that's why I liked it - teenage Imogen reminded me of well, me now :-D

  4. Hey, I'm a new follower via Goodreads Blogger Lift, stopping by to say 'hi'.



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