Breathers: A Zombie's Lament
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For fans of Max Brooks’s The Zombie Survival Guide and zombie aficionados everywhere, a hilarious debut novel about life (and love) after death.
Meet Andy Warner, a recently deceased everyman and newly minted zombie. Resented by his parents, abandoned by his friends, and reviled by a society that no longer considers him human, Andy is having a bit of trouble adjusting to his new existence. But all that changes when he goes to an Undead Anonymous meeting and finds kindred souls in Rita, an impossibly sexy recent suicide with a taste for the formaldehyde in cosmetic products, and Jerry, a twenty-one-year-old car-crash victim with an exposed brain and a penchant for Renaissance pornography. When the group meets a rogue zombie who teaches them the joys of human flesh, things start to get messy, and Andy embarks on a journey of self-discovery that will take him from his casket to the SPCA to a media-driven class-action lawsuit on behalf of the rights of zombies everywhere.
Darkly funny, surprisingly touching, and gory enough to satisfy even the most discerning reader, Breathers is a romantic zombie comedy (rom-zom-com, for short) that will leave you laughing, squirming, and clamoring for more.
First, I must apologize for the tardiness of this review. I read this book while I was living on the road (out of my RV) during my cross-country move from Massachusetts to California. Because of this, it probably didn't get the full attention it deserved as my mind was so often preoccupied with all sorts of major real-life decisions, and I often went for days on end—sometimes even a whole week—without reading, and then when I came back to it, I had sometimes forgotten important details and found myself having to read previous chapters to refresh my memory. With that disclaimer out of the way, let me now attempt to give a fair review of this book despite my lengthy and erratic reading of it.
Andy Warner has recently lost his wife, his home, and all that he owns, including his own life! Yes, you heard correctly. Both Andy and his wife died in a car accident along Santa Cruz's Route 17, a steep, curvy road that winds through the Santa Cruz mountains in California. After his death however, Andy came back to life as a zombie, while his wife did not. Though zombies are now accepted as a normal but undesirable part of society, they are not afforded any rights and are treated as second class citizens, or worse! Zombies aren't allowed to live on their own and must have a legal guardian so Andy is living in his parents' basement while attending Undead Anonymous meetings to learn to cope with his situation.
As one of several zombies in his area, Andy and his friends do their best to remain under the radar and avoid confrontations with the extreme zombie-hating Breathers. But unfortunately, trouble has a way of finding him, and while Andy does his best to try to readjust to society, society isn't being so kind in return. Andy's story is a multifaceted one that will at times pull at your heart strings, whle on the next page crack you up with its dark humor. I shall be on the lookout for more from this talented, new author.
This book is now reserved for gothamgal, who took it from the BookObsessed Paranormal Virtual Book Box way back in November 2009. Sorry for the long delay!
It was a quick read, kind of engrossing, and I definitely look forward to reading more from the author. I liked some of the plot turns and twists, and was equally grossed out in certain parts, too.
Sending back on the train with Shelley. Hopefully she'll have a zombie-good time!
I enjoyed the book! It's written in a style I'm not used to reading, so it took a little bit for me to get into it (I'm not a big fan of present tense writing), but once I did, I really enjoyed it. Plus, it's about zombies. Yay, zombies!