“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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Comments
by AngieG on ‎04-26-2012 08:36 PM

Thanks for the review, I'm adding it to my list! I seem to be in a zombie apocalypse mood lately...

by BrandieC on ‎04-27-2012 07:09 PM

I see that the cover blurb is from Jonathan Maberry.  I adore his work, so between the two of you, Paul, you've added another series to my wishlist.

by gezza on ‎04-28-2012 10:44 PM

Nice piece, Paul, and it is great to see a take on 'zombie' fiction that is a bit on the fresh side (no pun intended).

 

Curiously, has there been any quality work over the last few decades that has a more accurate take on zombies - ie animated corpses by voodoo witch doctors - or (heaven forbid) animated corpses with a semblence of memory (or full) of their lives - and (more heaven forbid), don't have a predilection for human flesh/brains etc?

by BrandieC on ‎05-16-2012 04:53 PM

@gezza:

 

I'm not sure what "a more accurate take on zombies" means, given that zombies don't actually exist, but you might take a look at Patient Zero, by Jonathan Maberry, or Hitchers, by Will McIntosh.  Hitchers isn't really a traditional zombie novel, but given your reference to animate dead having memory of their lives, I think it might be in the ballpark; here's Paul's review of it:  http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/t5/Explorations-The-BN-SciFi-and/A-Singularly-Unique-Work-of-Gen....

 

Jonathan Maberry has also written a more traditional zombie novel, Dead of Night.  Again, I'm not sure how "accurate" you would consider it, but I would describe anything he writes as "quality work."

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