Title: I Dream of Zombies
Author: Charlotte Gerber
Publication Date: October 28, 2013
Genre: Fiction: Humor and Mystery
Series: Rose Lee’s Zombie Adventures #1
Acquisition: Reach for the Stars Marketing
This is not your normal zombie book. There will be no hordes or mobs running after you. There will be no brain-eating. What the what? Well, that is the main reason I chose to read this book being the scaredy cat that I am. I Dream of Zombies has a very interesting concept behind it, but the writing just didn’t work for me.
Years after the Zombie Apocalypse, both humans and zombies have settled down and had formed a society that mostly works for all. Zombies can be kept in the asylums or given homes with the help of the government and social workers like Rose Lee. The zombie virus was treated as a disease. I actually found this part of the story very interesting when the author explains how the community functions and how the zombie disease affects the infected and the vaccinated.
I also liked Rose’s character. She was a really tough cookie who didn’t need men to always protect her. She’s kind-hearted and caring, and she works really hard to help all of the zombies who have been abandoned by the rest of humanity.
As much as I love those parts of the book, I think that a lot of it just didn’t feel right.
Let’s start with the title – I Dream of Zombies. I just loved that title and it drew me into reading this book. I think this comes from the fact that Rose dreams of her uncle as a zombie. But I do not see the relevance of it to Rose or the plot of the story. So what if she dreams about that? What does it have to do with the whole thing? I really don’t understand and it wasn’t even explained at all. I’m not sure if it’s going to be explained in the next book, but a hint of a coming explanation would have been nice. Instead I am left flummoxed by the whole irrelevance of it.
There was also a very unnatural shift in point of views that it became really confusing. I doubt that it was the formatting considering my copy came directly from Amazon. Or maybe the format for the one sold in stores has not been done properly. Or maybe it really is just the writing. The story starts out and is mostly told through Rose, but every now and then, more will be shown on the side characters that Rose cannot narrate. I have nothing against this because other authors have done this quite fine. But the way it was done just felt really wrong because there were no proper breaks and the different POVs would overlap. The writing is just clunky, and I think the whole book should be proofread and edited.
The last thing I would like to comment on is how the romance felt out of place or maybe the development just wasn’t done well. It started really awkward and the characters didn’t really mesh well. It wasn’t really working for Rose and Alex, and the author just made it more complicated by making it a love triangle. And I couldn’t care less about those two guys! They were just uncomfortably straightforward that it just felt inappropriate, especially with the dangers surrounding them. Maybe they should be given more intimate moments. I’m not really sure how to improve this one, but the bottom line is that the plot would still work out just fine without the romance.
OVERALL, I Dream of Zombies is a book that’s hard to appreciate. I really like the concept, but the writing fell short. It was mildly entertaining with a good main character, but it also leaves the reader more questions than answers. I’m not really sure if it would be resolved in the sequel, but this book doesn’t give me much confidence. It’s not for me, but if anyone’s interested in a different look on zombies then maybe you can check this one out.
- This is all based on personal opinion, and as much as I’m open to other people’s opinions, I hope you understand that this is based on what I feel. I avoid giving out spoilers as much as possible, too.
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