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[All the book-based Easter Eggs in the cover are pretty clever]
“Allison Hewitt and her five colleagues at the Brooks and Peabody Bookstore are trapped together when the zombie outbreak hits. Allison reaches out for help through her blog, writing on her laptop and utilizing the military’s emergency wireless network (SNET). It may also be her only chance to reach her mother. But as the reality of their situation sinks in, Allison’s blog becomes a harrowing account of her edge-of-the-seat adventures (with some witty sarcasm thrown in) as she and her companions fight their way through ravenous zombies and sometimes even more dangerous humans.”
When I was reviewing the synopsis of this book after picking it up to see if I wanted to buy it, I realized that I don’t know if I’ve ever read any actual books about zombies. Well, at least not any of the stereotypical ‘standard’ zombies. But in addition to that, this book’s styling and it’s blog-like format was especially interesting.
Essentially, the book is from the view of Allison Hewitt, a young bookstore worker who is at work when the zombie apocalypse hits [nightmare right there – I’d never want to be anywhere near my work if any kind of war or apocalyptic event occurred] and is generally based on the ‘Millenial’ stereotype, who is also a huge bookworm turned ruthless badass. The book is written in the format of her online blogs that she posts at first as a way to vent, then when she starts getting comments from others survivors who are wondering what the hell this mysterious military wifi network is, she uses it as a way to update about her situation and location to others around the world as the infection/zombie plague is spreading; as well as a way to contact others – and try to find her mother.
The book goes back and forth between being super serious/intense at times, and a straight up Zomedy [ZomCom/Zombie Comedy]. The author has a lot of wit and sarcasm which I really appreciated in how it showed up in the character Allison. —Except for some suuuper annoying parts where it was over the top in making her try and be the ‘young and quirky millenial’ character that made me roll my eyes. Despite this, overall I loved her development as a character. The book also covers some of stereotypical zombie tropes, including that humans can/would definitely worse than the undead. There’s everything from religious nuts, cults, hyper militarized/controlling citizens, thieves, etc.
I also really liked that Allison is a bookworm in an apocalypse. More than once she gets herself in trouble trying to save/stash books to try and preserve them/education in general, which is something I’ve also thought about/would probably do if at all possible in an ‘end of the world’ scenario.
There’s no shortage of gore in this book, both for the [re]deaths of zombies and human-on-human violence. While the author doesn’t pull an ‘R. R. Martin’ I’d definitely say if you want to protect your feels, don’t get attached to any character in particular.
I liked this book a lot and would read huge chunks of it at a time because it was hard to put down. I’m definitely going to be reading the other book in this zombie novel series [Sadie Walker is Stranded] as soon as I can. I don’t really have any qualms with the book besides that some of the good luck the characters had and the ability for people to keep surviving and meeting each other in places very far away from their initial town seemed really far fetched, even for a zombie story.
I give Allison Hewitt is Stranded 5/5 Axe-Chopped Zombies
“There’s a smell beneath the ashen smoke, a whiff of sea salt like a hint of perfume clinging to a dead woman’s wrist.”