“Yes, Virginia, there really is a zombie apocalypse.”
– Plague Town by Dana Fredsti
It turns out that Ashley is a “wild card” – not only does her genetic predisposition enable her to survive a bite without being turned into the walking dead, the virus also enhances her natural strength, speed, and reflexes.
• “Personally I thought Edward was kinda… well… gay. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but I preferred my vamps like Christopher Lee or the cute Billy Idol clone in Buffy…”
• “Zombie wet T-shirt contest?”
• “I skidded to a halt. Lily slammed into me and Kai completed our Three Stooges moment by barreling into her...”
The fusion of light-hearted paranormal fantasy with hardcore apocalyptic horror is risky but it works in Plague Town and, like I wrote earlier, Fredsti should be applauded for having the courage to attempt to blend the two together. Paranormal fantasy fans who gravitate towards sagas like Nicole Peeler’s Jane True sequence (Tempest Rising, et. al.) as well as zombie fiction aficionados will find this novel immensely satisfying – like a plate of fresh brains served up to a horde of hungry zombies.
FYI: Readers who enjoy Plague Town should keep their eyes peeled for Plague Nation and Plague world, both forthcoming.
Paul Goat Allen has been a full-time book reviewer specializing in genre fiction for the last two decades and has written thousands of reviews for companies like Publishers Weekly, The Chicago Tribune, Kirkus Reviews, and BarnesandNoble.com. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle.
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