Z2134 seems less a serious novel and more like the pitch for a low budget made for TV miniseries. The basic premise is a post-apocalyptic period (in t..Show More »he year 2134) where zombies have been around for a long time. The remnants of the human race live inside discreet city walls numbered 1 - 7. Life is brutal with a totalitarian state with complete surveillance. Any type of crime leads to forcible participation into the non-stop Darwin games which is single elimination (by death) against other "criminals" and zombies, with elements of the "Saw" movie franchise thrown in. Watching the games is the main pastime. There is an underground movement with a vague purpose. The story follows the most unluckiest family where the father is set up for his wife's murder and the daughter and son are both set up by the "watchers" or police.
The sci-fi elements are simplistic. There are implantable chips for monitoring as well as influencing memories. Advanced drones serves as transmission / broadcast devices along with weapons capability. There is little explanation for an origin of all this, except for zombies as an excuse. The zombie origin is never discussed. The bulk of the action consists of rather plain vanilla evil and pure vengeance. Character development is not only non-existent, but nonsensical at times, too much one-dimensionality.
The narration is passable with female voices rendered poorly. Of particular note, the story ends abruptly without any closure,or explanation with each major character totally hosed. If you've been pining for zombies to invade Hunger Games, this is probably as good as it gets.