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The zombies themselves are more than shambling husks of men. This is a zombie story where the zombies are integral to the plot, rather than just a means to an end to the earth. At some points, you'll even find yourself rooting for the monsters and then realizing that, in times of apocalypse, there isn't much distinction between humanity and what they fight against. (To say more than that would be to spoil this story.)
All in all, Balance is a worthy read and is a novel I fully expect to return back to and think about as time goes on. I wish that the story had been longer simply because this is a take on the zombie genre that I'd like to see more of.
That being said here is my review:
When I saw this book on my Goodreads recommendations list and that it had a giveaway I immediately entered. It is no secret that I love Zombies, and this one looked unique in that the Zombies still had a bit of consciousness left to them.
The book heavily focuses on a female named Amanda and her relationship with Geoff. Amanda is for all intents and purposes a selfish witch. Bored with her relationship to Geoff,She has an affair behind his back, dumps him and then claims she's moving away to go to College. I loathed the character and was just biding my time til she ate it. Even when the Author presents more of her back story, it did nothing to win me over.
The other main character of the book Geoff frustrated me til no end. I couldn't figure out why he'd go to such great lengths to rescue a woman who couldn't even bother to answer his texts, or phone calls for weeks on end. When stuff really starts to fall apart and she finally decides to contact him, rather then telling her off, he rides off like a knight in shining armor to save her. While the character was certainly well written, like Amanda I wanted him to die, rather then root for the character til the end.
My favorite Character had to be Cassandra, I felt so much sympathy for her sad existence. A Mistress to a snake of a man named Joe, She lived it seemed only to please him. When Joe reanimates and attacks her, rather then continuing feeding he lets her "live" so that she can be his bullet sponge and keep him company while he tries to make it back to his wife. By the end I was rooting for her and pretty much only her.
The other couple characters along the way helped move the story along nicely and had enough back story that they didn't feel like plot filler. The Zombies were certainly my favorite part. Sure they were for all intents and purposes Dead but some conscious thought remained and that was fascinating to read. So many books focus on the Humans perspective, I found seeing both just a nice change of pace.
Overall I do recommend, if you like Zombies to read this book. I feel Peter Giglio will be an Author to watch out for in the future. He blended the creepiness of Stephen King and the Undead Lore of George Romero together perfectly. I Truly hope the Author decides to revisit the world. It would be interesting to see how things changed 6months, or a year down the road. I'm going to give this book 4 Stars.
And so begins "Balance" by Peter Giglio.
I believe I've mentioned here on the blog that I am a big fan of zombies; in fiction, in movies, in television-you name it and I love it. So when I came across "Balance" I dug right in, ready to jump into some exciting zombie action!
What I got was a novella that yes, has plenty of the zombie action one would expect, but also a story that has a surprising amount of heart and emotion. "Balance" is a very unique, well written tale that easily stands head and shoulders above the rest of the moaning, shambling crowd.
Giglio's world building is detailed but he doesn't spend a lot of time with info dumping on his readers, instead keeping the pace brisk; this is a zombie apocalypse, after all. But it with his characterization that Giglio makes "Balance" really shine. There are six main characters in "Balance" and we get to see the story unfold from all their individual viewpoints. Yet none of the characters are generic, uninteresting stereotypes; Giglio gives us fully realized people that we come to care about and whose outcomes we are totally invested in. Then he takes it yet another step further and applies a twist at the end that really slams home the emotional heart of the story (to say more would be to spoil it!).
I thoroughly enjoyed reading "Balance" by Peter Giglio and you will, too. It is a fast paced tale that offers a fresh take on some well trod zombie territory.