Title: Life After the Undead
Author: Pembroke Sinclair
Page Count/Review Word Count: 252
Disclaimer: Pembroke Sinclair is published by the Forsaken imprint of Booktrope, the same publisher which released my debut novella, No Rest for the Wicked.
Life After the Undead is a bit of an anomaly, because it subverts the zombie genre in ways that I didn’t expect. Sinclair has also penned a non-fiction book under her real name, Jessica Robinson, called Undead Obsessed: Finding Meaning in Zombies, and so you can be sure that she’s already done her homework. But what’s most notable to me is that this is almost post-post-apocalyptic – the zombie apocalypse has already happened, and Sinclair’s survivors have started to live with the situation. They have to.
So what happens after the zombie apocalypse happens? Well, seventeen-year-old Krista is about to find out, and she turns out to be surprisingly adaptive when it comes to dealing with the zombie hordes. In fact, in many ways, the zombies in this book aren’t much of a problem – it’s other survivors that you want to look out for, especially in Liet’s compound. But I don’t want to say any more than that, in case I ruin the story.
Overall, I thought the start could have been stronger, but once I got sucked into the story, I was hooked. Sinclair has also left room for a sequel, or perhaps even a series – it’ll be interesting to see how it pans out.