Title: Zombies Don’t Cry
Author: Rusty Fischer
Series: A Living Dead Love Story (Book One)
Who’s it for? Teens
What’s it about? Maddy is perfectly normal, with perfectly normal concerns like “does that hot new guy like me?” and “how can I get my best mate to stop thinking our class is cursed when 3 girls have already died?” But then when sneaking out one night, Maddy is struck by lightning and wakes up hours later to discover a distinct lack of heartbeat and warmth – oh, and a craving for brains.
But this isn’t the only problem in her life as it turns out she might not be the only member of the undead attending the local high school…
What’s good about it? For anyone who may have read that summary and thought ‘I hope they aren’t going to do to Zombies what ‘Twilight’ did to Vampires’, rest assured they don’t. It’s got a gentle humour about it, and some laugh out loud moments. I particularly enjoyed Maddy’s innocent mumblings about Vampires and the response that got her.
The characters are fun. Maddy is a great main character and the relationship she had with her dad was quite lovely. Hazel however was an irritation, I’m not entirely sure why her and Maddy were still friends other than longevity.
Alright, so not all the characters are particularly deep, but they are fun. There is a nice undercurrent of tension that runs through some of the interactions – yes it’s funny, but they’re still Zombies, with all the inherent dangers of that label.
What’s bad about it? Her dad’s a coroner and he didn’t think there was anything suspicious about 3 girls all coming in from 3 separate accidents minus their brains? That didn’t even warrant a little bit of a “huh, there might be something up here”?
The verdict? I can’t quite believe I’m typing this. My second Zombie story in 2 days and I … liked it. Words cannot express how much I loathe Zombie stories in all formats normally, but this was an enjoyable read. It does what it says on the tin really, its a fun story about a high schooler navigating through her life and love life, with the added hindrance of being a Zombie.