Warning: Not fit for human consumption
This book contains foul language and fouler descriptions of life as a zombie. It will offend most anyone, so proceed with caution or not at all. And be forewarned: This is not a zombie book. This is a different sort of tale. It is a story about the unfortunate, about those who did not get away. It is a human story at its rotten heart. It is the reason we can't stop obsessing about these creatures, in whom we see all too much of ourselves.
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Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL
if you're into the whole zombie genre and are looking for something different, then definitely give i, zombie a listen. the book is broken into 6 parts. the first 5 parts tell the story of people who have become zombies. each part follows 2 or 3 main characters. as they shamble around, looking for fresh meat, they recount parts of their lives. as a zombie, they are fully aware of what they're doing, but they can't stop their bodies. they have no control over their need to feed.
there is a wide assortment of characters with diverse backgrounds. believe it or not, there's a lot of character development in each part. each character is different and has their own unique story to tell. actually, there's a lot of emotion in this zombie book. what do i mean? i felt different emotions from the different stories. to name a few, i felt sadness, disgust, contempt, and believe it or not triumphant.
the narration is excellent. each character has his/her own narrator, who brings the character to life even though they're dead. LOL
the writing is tight. there's nothing i would add nor remove from the story. there is a lot of gore, and the scenes of the zombies feeding are probably the most descriptive, disgusting, an horrifying i've ever read or listened to.
overall, a great and unique addition to my zombie library. so if you're looking for something different, then look no further. this is a great book from the zombie perspective. this is why you don't want to become a zombie!
I try to find the best I can in everything I do.
I was absolutely enraptured at how Hugh Howey managed to take the most primal fears we all have as humans and warp them into reality. Without giving too much away, this series of short stories from many points of view, which belong to a much larger story that actually ends, steps us through the lives of real humans and how they are trapped inside their Zombie bodies and unable to stop their insatiable need for hunger and forward movement. Not only are they trapped, but in the real life everyday world scenarios of how people would be.
Stuck in the lunch room at the office, on the freeway in a traffic jam, taking care of elderly parents and children. The list goes on and on as to how everyday situations turned into nightmares for these people.
One of the most memorable scenes to me was the mother and daughter caught up in a tree. There were two points of view on this particular scene. One from a character we have followed on the ground, and the other from the Mother and Daughter. The decision this mother had to make after days of being held captive in the tree was simply terrifying.
SO many of these situations were excruciatingly difficult to tell, and to hear, but Hugh Howey truly makes you ask yourself... what would you do if it were you in that exact same situation?
There is a scene with a little girl in her shop where she and her parents lived. After they all turned, and the parents died, the little girl simply wishes to go outside but cannot until a human family breaks into their shop scrounging for food. I won't spoil the scene... let's just say the little girl is no longer alone and lonely.
There is also an amazing story of a man who saves a baby. It is AWESOME!
I truly identified with the character who kept talking about how she prepped for the end of the world and had even purchased a good pair of hiking boots so her feet would be protected. But that particular day when the apocalypse hit, she was in high heels. She also spends time trying to figure out what to call their group of zombies as they travel... are they a horde? a murder? She finally decided on a shuffle. You'll have to listen to how this poor gal has to go through life in painful shoes!
This book is not for the weak of mind nor stomach! Hugh Howey totally pushes through the threshold and comes out squeaky clean. Masterfully created in tacking this type of point of view. Definitely not just another Zombie story. In anything... if is a true human endearment story.
All I can say is wow, what a gruesome and grotesque story. I loved it, so unique and captivating. When it ended I just sat there for a minute and contemplated what had just happened. I am not the world’s biggest zombie aficionado, but this perspective and the performances - whew - amazing. Props goes to all the men and women who read the story, it must have been quite the undertaking. This book is not recommended for the queasy. VERY graphic VERY sadistic VERY explicit.
I'm married with 3 children and 2 grandchildren. Love to read books, and love to listen to audio books. Genre's UF/Sci-Fi/ dystopian/ fiction and mystery/thrillers
Not sure what to say about this book. But he warns you in the description. Not your typical Zombie story for sure. Probably should of given 4 to 5 stars on story, but there was so much disturbing content that I couldn't bring myself to.
Buy with caution and good luck
As a novelty only, not as a fully formed novel.
This was a real lost opportunity for Hugh Howey. What a great idea for a novel, to create a story arch through the varied eyes of different zombies. I was excited at first, listening to it, but was saddened to learn it was just vignettes of different zombies. Even when zombies were returned to, there was no real story arch. Just zombie after zombie, regretting life choices, helpless to the desire to feed. I do love Hugh Howey though- just bummed out at this one.
This book relates to us as living creatures and our dowfalls as human beings. Take the chance to live and not merely exist. Don't wait until regrets about a life that will never be are the only thoughts left...
For the three words, I'd have to say: Contained, Different, and Interesting.
I would but only to someone who is a solid zombie fan. It's a decent book, I really did like the perspective of seeing life from zombies view rather than the survivors. It was a good change, to the zombie world.
This was definitely the best part of the book, for each individual character there is a new narrator. It's easy to keep track of who is who and you really get a strong feeling of a characters personality.
Um.. I'm gonna have to go with no. I mean if I really wanted to I could have done it, but the book just doesn't that kind of draw to me.
Avid reader of pretty much anything I can get my hands on. I love fiction and enjoy listening to books on my long commute.
I love Hugh Howey and a good zombie novel, but for me this was too gory. A different kind of zombie novel, told by those trapped in the bodies of the dead. Much of the story was very repetitive- a lot of shuffling and moaning while thinking of the past. Story never really moved forward. Narration was good.
"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies." -George R.R. Martin
The synopsis of this book warned that I would be offended, but I was not offended. However, This collection of zombie stories has definitely changed my perception of zombies in general. I will never look at or think of zombies in the same way again. Hugh Howey is genius! And just to continue with my own humble opinion, the story of "Jeffery Biggers" narrated by Adam Lazarre-White, was my favorite in the collection and I will be putting Adam on my list of narrators to watch out for!
So cool to get a zombie book with an extreme twist from the norm. I really like zombie titles that bring new facets to the genre. This being from the zombies perspective fits the bill wonderfully. I was initially disappointed because it seemed each story was going to be 10 minutes long (or so) . But they take turns telling a story from this person then the next then back to the first so there is still character development. Not sure why they broke up each story but it doesn't take away from the book. And didn't make their story's hard to follow. If you like innovative ideas i feel this will satisfy you and most zombie enthusiasts. Thank you for reading my review hope it helps.
"Didn't work for me"
I enjoyed Hugh Howey's Wool trilogy immensely and I thought this one would be a pretty good read but it just didn't do anything for me.
There is no real plot just the point of view of several 'zombies' told as short interludes in what seems a complete mish-mash of ideas. The narration on the whole is very good but the actual stories seem somewhat rushed & unfinished.... Disappointing
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