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This is the true horror of I, Zombie. It's not the gore, the ripping tendons and tearing flesh. It's not the rotting-yet-walking corpses chasing down the living to feed on their flesh. Yes, all these things are present in I, Zombie, but that's not the horror. The real horror of I, Zombie is that inside each of the living dead is a mind, a person imprisoned more securely than any enemy of any state has ever been. Each zombie is still a person, horrified at what they've become, at the shockingly terrifying things that their autonomous bodies do. They feel each stab of pain from a broken limb that they still walk on, each shard of glass that is driven deeper into their feet with every footstep. They taste the gore that they ingest, bearing witness to the shrieking death of the living as they devour them alive. They mentally recoil but are physically unable to do so. This is the horror of I, Zombie, not guts and blood and gore, but the horror of ordinary people like you and me, trapped in rotting bodies as they eat their neighbors.
For the record, I loved it. I give I, Zombie two rotting, maggot covered thumbs up! Not only is it an amazing idea for a story, but Hugh Howey is one of the best authors of our time. If you're a fan of the written word and you haven't read any Hugh Howey, then you owe it to yourself to buy this book and read it. Then buy the rest of his books and read them too. You won't regret it, I certainly have not. Enjoy!
You may be asking:
- Are there gross and disgusting bits? YES, VERY MUCH SO. There are some excruciatingly vivid descriptions of zombies eating humans and worse. And although it's possible to skip over the worst passages without "missing something" critical to the rest of the book -- and that book is so worth reading! -- if you're squeamish, be forewarned. Also be aware that there is foul language.
- Is it disturbing? Yes. The gore is not nearly as discomfiting as some of the horrific things that happen. This is mature content.
- Is it depressing? Oh, absolutely. And soul-crushing. And uplifting. Liberating. Inspiring. And potentially life-altering.
- Is it about zombies? Yes, in much the same way that Romeo and Juliet is about Italians. The characters are, indeed, zombies; but that's not what the book is "about". I, Zombie is about a group of unfailingly human souls; it's about how they cope with agonizing self-realization; how it changes them; what they learn from it; and what we can learn from them.
I came away from this book realizing something: I am a zombie. In so many ways, we're all at the mercy of the natural inclinations of the bodies and brains we inhabit. Are you an early riser? A night owl? Laid-back or high-strung? Shy or gregarious? An addict? A thrill seeker? Or would you prefer to curl up with a good book? In order to BE flesh and blood, we must, to some extent, share the driver's seat WITH the flesh and blood. This realization -- that our "will" is but one among many inputs driving our behaviors -- doesn't relieve us of responsibility for our actions. But it does help us to understand them, and with that understanding, we can develop better strategies for achieving the results we want. We may not be able to control the zombie fully; but if, instead of fighting it, we just "lean into it", maybe we can get where we want to go.
Secondly, I am a big fan of end of the world fiction, especially zombie stuff. Wool is phenomenal and I would compare the writing in "I, Zombie" with Mira Grant's Newsflesh books in quality (I just finished them).
That said, I've had the book for a week or so now and I can't get past the first few chapters. And it's not Howey's fault. Like I said his writing rocks. And this story is a good one.
It's my fault.
It's just that I enjoy stories with a some hope in them. Sure, zombie stories are by their very nature kind of hopeless. No matter what you do, people get eaten in them. Or bit and turned. No matter how careful the characters are someone you have grown fond of is going to die. But usually there is some small flicker of hope that in the end someone is going to survive. Or that humanity is going to survive.
Not in this book.
In this book, there is no hope because the characters are already lost. They cannot be saved. Even if one of them is put down by that epic shot to the head you, the reader, don't feel any relief because you know there are millions of others like them out there, helpless, hopeless, and full of self-loathing (which is the worst part).
So my recommendation - much like a more professional review of this book I read a while back - is to read it if you don't mind a book with no light at the end of the tunnel. Not even a candle flicker's worth of hope. Cause there ain't none, son.
But if that doesn't matter to you and you want to read a horror story which is imaginative, well written and just kicks you in the gut (much like Stephen King's "Pet Cemetery"), then this is the book for you.
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Your a damn fine writer
Loved your wool and silo series books also. Keep it up.