Ahoy there me mateys! I was first introduced to this author with his book afterparty. That book was a sci-fi dealing with illicit drug use (a topic I normally avoid) which I found to be fun, thought-provoking, and twisty. Then me last novel of 2017, spoonbenders, was a five star sci-fi read about psychics (and much more). So when I saw that the library had this title which deals with zombies, well I had to read it.
This book begins in the time after the first zombie apocalypse. Humans got lucky and for the most part the zombie uprising was quashed. However stragglers are out there and the government and populace is in fear of the next outbreak. Wanda Mayhall is living with her three daughters in Iowa when she discovers a dead (for real) teenager and a baby. The baby happens to clearly be one of the undead. Wanda makes a choice to keep the baby despite the consequences of discovery. This is the story of what happens to the baby, Stony.
Well Gregory does it again with an odd and compelling read. In this version of the zombie apocalypse, the dead can rise and bites can cause infection. However, ye only be a ravenous husk for about two days and then lucidity can come back. So there are rational zombies out there. This book treats ye to zombie politics, human and undead relationships, scientific study, religious rationale, and much more.
The novel is told in several parts and follows Stony throughout many decades and chapters of his life. While I loved Stony as a character and his several family groups, the highlight of the book was the ramifications of what happens to the zombies and the unpredictable ways zombism (sp?) progresses. I thought the author stretched those possibilities in some truly unique fun ways. Basically this cements the fact that I need to read more of the author’s work. So if ye like weird, quirky zombies then give this one a chance. Arrr!
Goodreads has this to say about the novel:
In 1968, after the first zombie outbreak, Wanda Mayhall and her three young daughters discover the body of a teenage mother during a snowstorm. Wrapped in the woman’s arms is a baby, stone-cold, not breathing, and without a pulse. But then his eyes open and look up at Wanda — and he begins to move.
The family hides the child — whom they name Stony — rather than turn him over to authorities that would destroy him. Against all scientific reason, the undead boy begins to grow. For years his adoptive mother and sisters manage to keep his existence a secret — until one terrifying night when Stony is forced to run and he learns that he is not the only living dead boy left in the world.
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afterparty (Captain’s Log – Sci-Fi)
spoonbenders (Captain’s Log – Sci-Fi)