Hello, friends! Today I decided to try something a little different by putting up a book review. Mostly because I just finished reading this book and I loved it, I still can’t get it out of my head, but also because, much as I love clothes and fashion, I have other interests and I’m assuming you do, too.
Just a bit of background; I am a voracious reader and constantly have a book (or several) on my bedside table as well as several lined up to read on my Kindle. I read almost every night before bed and I read everything from romance to sci-fi to classic literature, so hopefully you will like my reviews (I promise to share more mainstream fiction as well) and I can share more of the books I read with you!
Apocalypse Z: The Beginning of the End is written by Manel Loureiro and translated into English by Pamela Carmell. As I mentioned above, I absolutely loved this book. I have made no secret of the fact that I am pretty big of fan of all things zombiepocalypse related, from the TV series The Walking Dead to a zombiepocalypse-ready Barbie doll. When I stumbled across this book on my Kindle (it was one of their $3.99 or less deals), I decided to give it a shot. I downloaded a sample to try it out and was immediately hooked.
The story starts innocently enough; the main character is a regular guy, starting a blog on the recommendation of his therapist when, naturally, things start to go wrong. Of course, knowing that the book is about zombies, and knowing what is around the corner, adds to the initial suspense. While the story starts slowly, with details trickling in about a “mysterious virus,” I felt just like I was watching a horror movie, trying not to scream at the protagonist to “get the hell out of dodge!” The fact that the character is a regular guy placed into an extreme situation makes him instantly relatable, and if you don’t get along with the protagonist (although I don’t see why you wouldn’t), there is always his ever-faithful and steadfast cat, Lucullus.
The story follows the character as he faces the challenges of surviving a terrifying apocalypse. I think what makes this story so engrossing for me are the details of how this average man deals with the horrific situation in which he suddenly finds himself. Maybe he has a lot of common sense, or maybe he is just lucky, but he survives long enough to keep a journal of the events as they unfold. He faces the challenge not only of surviving the “monsters,” or zombies, that surround him, but also the ever-present danger of his own mental and emotional breakdown. It feels realistic – as realistic as possible when zombies are involved, anyway – because of the faults, or weaknesses, of the unnamed protagonist. I feel like I was taken on the journey with him, fighting by his side; but, what keeps me thinking about the book, long after I finished reading, are the character’s strengths and wondering if I would have the same grit to keep going, to keep surviving, if I was placed in a similar situation.
I don’t want to give away too much detail, but I will say that he does encounter other survivors – it would be awfully monotonous if he didn’t – and the ending is a bit of a cliffhanger. Apparently, there are two more installments, but they have yet to be translated into English. I eagerly look forward to reading the next two books in the series and finding out what happens to the nameless protagonist (will we ever learn his name??) and his steadfast cat, Lucullus.