‘R’ is a zombie. He has no name, no memories and no pulse, but he has dreams. He is a little different from his fellow Dead.
Amongst the ruins of an abandoned city, R meets a girl. Her name is Julie and she is the opposite of everything he knows – warm and bright and very much alive, she is a blast of colour in a dreary grey landscape. For reasons he can’t understand, R chooses to save Julie instead of eating her, and a tense yet strangely tender relationship begins.
This has never happened before. It breaks the rules and defies logic, but R is no longer content with life in the grave. He wants to breathe again, he wants to live, and Julie wants to help him. But their grim, rotting world won’t be changed without a fight…
A Zombie that is eloquent, sympathetic, and totally gruesome? Well that’s R.
I don’t read Zombie books as much as I should but I have read a few and compared to them this book has such an awesome new take and I loved that. R is one of the best POV’s I’ve ever read, he was absurd, funny, strange, weird, and wonderful. From the very first page I was drawn in by the writing.
“I want to change my punctuation. I long for exclamation marks, but I’m drowning in ellipses.”
I fell in love with R’s mind, I mean with lines like:
“In my mind I am eloquent; I can climb intricate scaffolds of words to reach the highest cathedral ceilings and paint my thoughts. But when I open my mouth, everything collapses.” how could I not?
I really liked the friend ship that Julie and R had but I wasn’t really into their relationship.
This book is gory, if detailed descriptions of brains aren’t your thing you should probably stay away but I lived for them. I love me some gore.
The only thing that brought this book down for me was the ending it felt a bit rushed and short for me.
If your looking for a Zombie book I highly recommend this (also if you’ve seen the movie completely get that out of your head it’s a lot different from the book).