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Dying to Live: Life Sentence Paperback – March 7, 2012
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LIFE SENTENCE picks up 12 years after the events of DTL. This time our survivors have cleared and fenced themselves into a large area just outside of a major city. The groups' spiritual leader, Milton, continues to use his supernatural gift to horde the undead into holding bins; the aggressive ones go to one area, the seemingly less aggressive to another. When Milton's protégé, Will, notices two zombies in the latter area behaving almost like "normal" humans, he soon befriends them.
Most of the novel is told from one of the intelligent zombies' viewpoint (we discover his name is Wade Truman, a former college professor who is slowly trying to remember his past life, and whose notes we're now reading). He meets an undead woman named Lucy, and together they spend their days and nights writing, reading, and playing the violin (but trust me . . . this isn't funny or cheesy in the least; Paffenroth truly develops his zombies as much as his human characters).
The second storyline the novel follows is Zoey, a teenage outcast who agrees to take her "vows" to the community. She's as deadly with a gun as she is with her wit, and eventually Will and her situations meet for a finale that's exciting, scary, and best of all, a HUGE cut above your standard zombie fare.
Paffenroth continues to explore zombies from a philosophical angle, this time bringing out the humanity of his two intelligent monsters: neither of them want to eat the living, despite it being a newfound instinct.Read more ›
Yet Paffenroth has used his Romero-filched elements in thoughtful and literate fashion. There is the requisite gore, of course, and quite a few nerdy movie references (including a store named Argento and a play on the classic ALIENS line about "real monsters") but the book's true aims are strictly of the philosophical variety.
The setting is a world where the living dead rule and a band of non-zombified people subside in an abandoned museum. The two main characters are Zoey, a pre-teen coming to terms with life in this nightmare world, and Truman, an "evolved" zombie who was once a university professor. In his current state Truman's memories are all-but nonexistent, forcing him to relearn everything; as his curiosity about himself and the world around him grows, Truman finds himself rejecting the anti-social activities of his fellow deaders. Along the way he connects with a fellow zombie named Lucy, and love (of a sort) blossoms.
In the meantime Zoey is maturing into a full-fledged zombie killer, having undergone an intricate initiation ceremony. She and Truman mirror each other in their inquisitiveness about the world around them, and before long Zoey, Truman and Lucy will meet...with unexpected results. The conclusion is (in keeping with the novel's overall tone) thoughtful and contemplative, playing down the expected mayhem in favor of a deeply felt, hard-won humanity.
From a writing standpoint the novel is impeccable.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A zombie fan must read great book well written I loved how they switched into different perspectivesPublished 11 months ago by Nichole
Kim Paffenroth completes the third book in this series with style. The ending leaves open many possibilities for a continuation of the story and I sincerely hope it keeps going.Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
It's a solid zombie book, worth a read, and even buying to encourage her to write more. The first one was the best of the three so far.Published 23 months ago by Joshua Wood
This book was OK. Not action packed like a zombie novel should be. I read another book by this author and it was good. I guess I expected the same.Published on May 23, 2014 by Melkel
Satisfactory zombie novel, fascinating social commentary.
Truman, The undead philosophy professor, is clearly Dr. Paffenroth’s “Mary Sue” character. Read more
Part 2 of the Dying to Live series does not disappoint! Like the first book, this is not simply an adrenaline-fueled survival tale, but so much more. Read morePublished on February 11, 2013 by Shannon Walters
I give this item and the shipper an a a a a a a a a a a. A aPublished on December 28, 2012 by David Willis
Another great book by Paffenroth. He doesn't disappoint. I read this in about 4 hours and I'm downloading the 3rd book shortly.Published on October 25, 2012 by Caroline Mylotte