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I, Zombie Paperback – January 7, 2014
From the Author
If you've ever wanted a zombie book that was just a little bit different, I, Zombie is for you. Everything causing the change in the people infected is real and can be found with a simple internet search. Prions and the Kuru disease are responsible for many zombie-like traits showing up in cannibals in South America. It would be a simple mutation for a pandemic like this to hit us all. I just hope we show more restraint than those in the book.
Enjoy this fast paced tale of teens struggling to make their way through what everyone believes is the zombie apocalypse come to call.
I recommend this book for readers age 13+ because of a few graphic scenes in the novel.
About the Author
Jo Michaels is...
Hi, I'm Jo. Let's forget all the "Jo Michaels is blah, blah, blah" stuff and just go with it. I'm a voracious reader (often reading more than one book at a time), a writer, a book reviewer, a mom, a wife, and one of the EICs at INDIE Books Gone Wild. I have an almost photographic memory and tend to make people cringe at the number of details I can recall about them and/or their book(s). My imagination follows me around like a conjoined twin and causes me to space out pretty often or laugh out loud randomly in completely inappropriate situations.
I have a degree in graphic design, and my journey to the end was one few students who begin that program ever complete. However, this was one case where my memory and OCD tendencies helped me. Graduation was one of the most amazing days of my life. But, my most amazing day was when my now husband proposed. Every little girl dreams of being Cinderella someday, and he pulled off the proposal of fantasies.
At the risk of sounding cliche, I'm going to let it out there and say how much I absolutely adore the man I'm married to. Along with my children, he's my whole world.
I've lived in Louisiana, Tennessee, and Georgia, but I've had my feet in almost every state. Traveling is something I adore, and have plans to someday see the Mongolia I've written about in Yassa.
One of my favorite things is hearing from fans! You can find me on social media most any day of the week. Connect! I'd love to hear from you.
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So today I would like to discuss with you all my thoughts and feels on I Zombie by Jo Michaels. Something you've probably learned I by now along with being addicted to books I also have a vast amount of time spent with movies and TV shows. They range in style and content. One thing I've always enjoyed are zombies. I like the different ideas and concepts behind them and what they are and can do. So a zombie book by someone I was excited to meet at UtopYA in June (yeah I'm behind) caught my eye. Even more it sounded awesome. A girl who goes to a party and ends up mutilating her dog realizing the zombie apocalypse everyone is yelling about might be legit. Still while she might be infected she is still mostly her. It calls into play the idea that zombies aren't all bad, maybe just misunderstood.
Following the story we stay with Trixie. Normal girl who ends up in a huge mess. The end of the world. The zombie apocalypse. Who reading this can say honestly they've never thought about this very topic and wondered would you survive? I know I've went back and forth and it varies based on the different version on zombies. Zombies who are not trying to hurt you but are still people infected with a disease that is rotting them and making them into the creepy zombies of pop culture. We are so stuck on a certain idea of them from everything we see that most would simply shot and ask questions later. I know personally if zombie movies and anything horror related has taught me it's something comes at me like it wants to eat me head shot is the best bet, kills most things, that or a beheading just saying. So it was easy to understand Trixie's fear and motivation as she tried to join up with others like her, find a safe haven to just get away from the gun toting Darryl Dixon wannabes. Yes I love The Walking Dead.
When I first read this I had just saw a trailer for a new show on the CW called iZombie and thought they were related. Not the same thing. A similar take only in that zombies are more than brainless shuffling beings searching for food. I really enjoyed the book and the questions it puts forward. I liked the way it turned certain zombie attributes on themselves and gave explanations for some things that, at least to me, have never been explained in current zombie pop culture. I liked getting to know Trixie and her gang and seeing how they cope.
I had a lot of conflicting feelings while reading because as a zombie culture fan I'm generally in the "kill all zombies/head shots" crowd but seeing things from a "zombies" prospective I was rooting for her but still found it hard to be against humans hunting them because of my past bias. I really liked how it was able to keep pulling me in. I do recommend this to anyone looking for a pretty quick complex read…and who likes some zombies!
I enjoyed this more than Warm Bodies, despite the eww factor of zombie romance, but there was this niggling in my brain that it felt a bit familiar. I consume way too much Zombie entertainment, so it took me a minute to figure it out...
Yeah, it was very strange. Not sure if it is a zeitgeist thing (the first season of iZombie came out in 2014, and this book was released in 2014. Before the TV series, I had not heard of the comics, and I am not sure most people had either.) But creepy, the similarities. Both girls are infected at a party that they should probably not have been at. One is on a house boat on a lake, the other is a hurricane party. Both are infected by a scratch from a guy who is putting on the moves and they are not interested! Both don't realize that they are turning into Zombies...
Fortunately, that is the end of the similarities (unless you count the delightful spunk the writers imbue upon the main characters, but each has her own unique flavor, so I won't count it!)
In a lot of ways, I enjoyed Ms. Michaels' I, Zombie more than iZombie. There was a lot of thought put into not only how one would contract such a virus, but also how that virus would affect humanity.
Was it perfect? Naw, there is no such thing. There were a few Deus Ex Machina moments, and a couple of points where I felt the story could have gone a less cliche route and been so much better, but on the whole it was a pretty good read that is quite thought-provoking for YA readers.
Totally passing this off to my teen boys, as I think it will curb their zombie-fervor end of the world hopes and dreams. Really makes one think if "Smash 'em til their all dead" is the best approach in the Zombie Apocalypse.
I, Zombie was actually believable which I always look for in a book. If I am going through my day and expect to see the characters come around the corner, this is a good book. I completely got sucked in and read this book in a day. A DAY! This is a good book. I wanted to call in sick to work just to finish it. Thankfully that was unnecessary.
Trixie was a sweet, funny, smart and lovable character who is lucky to have the life family and friends she does, but she does not take it for granted. She uses this to her advantage and keeps them in contact, takes their advice and tries to listen to her heart. Jo takes through the pain of Trixie eating her dog (no spoilers, it is in the description) and then having to live with it.
My favorite part of the book and there were many, has to be that Jo takes us through the beginning. Most zombie books skip past how people go infected, how it spread and how the real people deal with the changes. I loved this. I really liked and rooted for the zombies in this book, but I also hoped for understanding and a resolution with humans. And yes, I am a reader who loves a happy ending, but you never know with a zombie book. It can end in worse catastrophe or resolution. Jo kept me guessing the entire time.
The question it leaves me with is would I do the same as Trixie, would I allow myself physical pain in order to communicate with strangers to save them? Would I risk my life to save others? Would I reach out to lose my life and those I love, to save the human/zombie race?
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