- Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; First Edition edition (August 3, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425197441
- ISBN-13: 978-0425197448
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1 x 6.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,463,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It is a much changed world that Lulu must navigate looking for some shred of sanity. Lulu suffers from a rare genetic disorder and it seems to have made her immune. Lulu teams up with her supposed father and joins a refugee effort on an old submarine.
Lulu's trek leads her to truths both shocking and unpleasant. We learn more of the plague and how it works. Conspiracies, greed, lust for power, and Lulu herself are all brought together in a very original story that is not just a zombie story. This is more of a cautionary tale that takes the reader into new and original directions. Part horror story, part cautionary tale, and part utopian tale this is a wonderful book that starts fast and just keeps going taking surprise turns all over the place. Check it out.
After all the women of the world go Xombie, also turning the men, a girl who is immune manages to escape aboard an Ohio-class submarine looking for safe haven.
If the writing wasn't so good (its very good) I'd call the novel too derivative to stand on its own but it zips along and you keep turning the pages and surprise...when its done, you're sorry.
Its a worthy read and the end was a pleasant surprise.
From the first few pages I was impressed by the sophisticated prose style and evocative descriptions, things I didn't think to find in a zombie horror novel. Even better is the way each chapter is an edge-of-your-seat type of experience, so that you just can't put the book down. I even had to restrain myself from sneaking peeks ahead to see what was going to happen.
The plot starts out simple enough - infectious homicidal corpses run rampant and survivors search for safety. You follow one survivor through her ordeal, as she witnesses horrible things involving maniacal dead people and gets involved with other survivors. The book takes a twist on the zombie genre here, and gets even better as it looks as what happens when the world order crumbles. Zombies are just one of many obstacles that Lulu, the heroine, faces as she tries to find a place in a terribly transformed world. The author's unique vision of this post-apocalyptic world offers a combination of zombie horror, military conspiracy, and futuristic consumerism of the Snow Crash variety. It's impossible to say more without giving away any of the many surprises of this very suspenseful book.
One of the most enjoyable features of the book is the heroine, who defies all stereotypes and never appears weak or "girly." This was refreshing.
Overall, this is a unique book, not just for fans of zombie flicks or horror novels.Read more ›
For the most part, zombies - which are disturbing creatures to watch, regardless of whether they're moving fast or slow or what part of the humans they're eating - are featured in movies. Walter Greatshell, however, visits this familiar theme in his first published novel, "Xombies."
They're blue from lack of oxygen and they're determined to attack, and these creatures are called Xombies - with an X - because Agent X causes them to become what they are, not dead and not alive. These undead don't seem very smart - though, in true zombie tradition, they can tell humans from their own kind - but definitely make that up in speed and strength.
This is terrifying to Lulu - a 17-year-old girl who has been traveling with her mother and missed the start of the Agent X outbreak. When Lulu and her mother find out that people are sick and women seem to be in the most danger, at least according to the pre-recorded radio broadcasts they listen to, they hide in fear.
Eventually, they must try and seek additional supplies and find out if any of their neighbors are still alive - including Mr. Cowper, who may be Lulu's estranged father.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Read some of the 1 start reviews - they cover just how bad this book series really is. No consistent story, constant changes to themes and rules in this universe. Read morePublished 10 months ago by M. Paszej
I would recommend this product. it was very nice and met all of my expectations. It came on time and I have no complaints!Published on January 28, 2014 by Luis
I've said elsewhere that since the only people who read these reviews are Zombie-heads who are looking to spend money on these novels, we need reliable reviews to find the books... Read morePublished on July 28, 2011 by Apocalypsos
If you have never heard of Walter Greatshell before, join the club. He seemed to have come out of nowhere and dive onto the scene with this very exciting zombie novel with a... Read morePublished on December 10, 2009 by William M Miller
This book started out fine but about midway fizzled out. LuLu is pumped up to be this young girl who is smart and will save everyone and it is such a let down. Read morePublished on April 23, 2009 by Woodlandtrails
I am sure you have read other reviewers synopsis, I won't do that. I love the idea of zombies and zombie stories. Read morePublished on January 5, 2009 by Rolando
Walter Greatshell, Xombies (Berkley, 2004)
Fairly standard zombie novel, when it's a zombie novel, but it very quickly becomes something else; the zombies are just a... Read more
These Xombies aren't really zombies. They could be said to have zombie-like qualities, as a chimp has human-like qualities, but they don't eat living humans so much as they spread... Read morePublished on October 3, 2008 by jusean
This one is very polarizing among zombie fans, some really like it, but others really hate it. I suppose purists don't like it because the end has a twist about what the zombies... Read morePublished on August 6, 2007 by Max