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I almost stopped reading after the first scene or two since the revolting and immoral descriptions were pungently offensive. I pushed on to the end however, and developed an admiration for howey's skill at tapping into the readers empathy in spite of the gratuitous gore and sadistic scenarios of extreme suffering.
The setting, Manhattan Island, places is immediately at the centre of capitalist/consumerist excess. The story is told from the points of view of self aware zombies, trapped in an uncontrollable existence with little to do but ponder their past lives as they move with the herd and prey on the vulnerable. Each of the characters has led an empty an un satisfying life prior to turning into a zombie. Each of the characters has been weak and/or used other people in the past. So, with all the subtlety of a suddenly severed limb, we are meant to see the similarities between the aimless and selfish past and present for each of these characters.
I've got no problem with this approach. The zombie apocalypse has been used as a metaphor for the evils of modern life since George Romero. The problem is that, without a sense of adventure, tension, direction or resolution, the book is just a long, gory, depressing read. More story, less allegory would have been great!
On a positive note, fans of gratuitous, sloppy, rotten zombie gore will enjoy this book!
To the utter amazement of family and friends for some inexplicable reason that I have yet to understand, wimpy me somehow became a fan, albeit a very reluctant fan, of AMC's 'The Walking Dead.' Though I literally dread watching it, I am compelled by the imaginative storyline and the fact that I actually care for the characters and their well being. The Zombies just moved the human drama along. A necessary evil. In my evaluation, they were mindless messes that deserved that shot to the head or the arrow to the eye. But as so many have already stated, I will never look at zombies quite the same way again. Or myself...or you.
Until I read 'I, ZOMBIE' I Never considered the thought of these monsters being able to feel the pain of bullets, arrows or severed limbs. Never thought of the personalities and memories, the maddening awareness that lay locked behind those horrifying (horrified?) rotting eyes.
If you're looking for gore, here it is, baby! Enough to last many, many lifetimes, for me, anyway. But it's so much more than just that, even though it IS all that. It makes you think. It makes you examine Yourself, Your Life and how You treat Your friends and loved ones in life and those who travel or 'shuffle' through it.
All the back stories and characters are wonderfully written, you get to know them intimately, maybe a little bit too intimately ( I Never needed to know about the workings of the Zombie Digestive System). And yes, amazingly, I did desperately care about them even though my concern was utterly hopeless from page one. Tears were shed often. Chills are ongoing.
Still not a zombie lover but after reading this thought provoking and highly horrific masterpiece of total despair that compelled me to swipe the next page even though I was terrified x 2, I will definitely be hitting this very talented Author up again. Might even think about giving all those scary movies I always avoided a chance...someday...maybe...probably not.. No. I'm such a Candy Pants.
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This one is simply tedious and directionless.