jeepgirl77 (jeepgirl77) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

One of the best zombie novels I've read so far!

Apocalypse Z: The Beginning of the End by Manel Loureiro

Before I get into the meat of the review, let me say that this was an excellent translation from its original Spanish form. There were one, maybe two, syntax errors in the 300+ page book. That's pretty remarkable.

Now, to the book itself...

First off, I loved the format of this novel. It was written in a journal-entry style, so the author was able to gloss over hours or days without it seeming odd. This worked well, because it's easy to believe that someone who was holed up in their home, hiding from zombies, wouldn't have a whole to talk to about for various chunks of time.

Second, when Mr. Lawyer finally did leave his home, the chronological progression really helped propel the book forward. You had specific times, so you knew how long he'd been on the road, how longed he was captive, etc.

Never once did this book feel stale or cliched. I loved seeing the zombie apolcalypse from a different world perspective. Since the book takes place in Spain, it was interesting seeing how those folks reacted to the news coming in from Europe and the US.

It was easy to develop an emotional bond with the main character, and I think that because he had a close relationship with his cat, who featured prominently in the story. That human trait kept you tethered to him throughout his struggles.

This is book one of a three-book series, and I've already pre-ordered the Kindle version of book two, which comes out October 2013.

If you like the zombie genre, pick up this book. It's one of the best books I've read.

Books completed: 43/50

Tags: zombies

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