Saturday, 4 July 2015
Book Review: Married With Zombies by Jesse Petersen
Read: June 30 - July 1 Verdict: 5 Stars
This book completely blew me out of the water. I definitely wasn't expecting to love it so much!
David and Sarah are struggling. They are on the brink of divorce and therapy sessions just aren't working out. Sarah is fed up of paying the bills while David plays video-games. And David is really sick of hearing of all the ways he failed Sarah. It's pretty much the end for a once-loving couple until the zombie apocalypse breaks out and they find themselves working together to bash the brains in of their therapist-turned-undead cannibal. Soon all those relationship techniques given to them by their therapist come in handy...when combined with zombie killing, of course!
Okay first off, I don't know why, but I immediately pictured Sarah and David as Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher from What Happens in Vegas. I think it's because of the scene in the movie where they are racing each other to the therapist's office? Take that scene and throw in some zombies, bam, perfect David and Sarah, haha!
I really enjoyed this. It was an easy, laugh out loud read. I find with other zombie apocalypse books, the main character is generally struggling on their own until they meet a new band of survivors and strike up relationships. With David and Sarah, we didn't have that - they already knew each other pretty much inside out, despite their marital difficulties, and they knew that they could depend on each other from the get go to help keep each other alive. The strength of their relationship and how they allowed themselves to break down, cry and hold each other after particularly bad experiences was truly genuine and something we normally don't see in other Z novels for quite a while into the story.
I like the fact that different issues in their marriage didn't just disappear with the apocalypse. They still bickered, and brought up some old resentments including Sarah getting annoyed at David's choice of car music following their first zombie kill, haha.
I'm really excited to see where David and Sarah go from here, and how they get on with Zombiebusters (LAWL).