This is the first book that I've read by this author, Dana Fredsti, but not the last one.
This is a well told zombie tale with sympathetic characters some of whom get absorbed into the large population of zombies in this town. At first, I thought that the sheer number of zombies was unreasonable but it's a college town with a student population of 2000 students. Then you have the teachers and staff plus tourists on their way to/from the Redwoods.
The town is picturesque and plausible. Stores, apartments, small shopping complexes, tourist "traps", and the college itself.
The characters are well-defined and each have their own voice. Because its a college venue, the average age of the characters tends to be in their early twenties. I doubt that there are many graduate students at this college.
I was surprised at the number of typos in a book published by Titan Books. These weren't misspellings but were typically misplaced double quote characters in conversations. It happened often enough that I was distracted and remembered this problem as I type this review.
The bridge from the end of this book into the second book in the series came right at the end and was appropriately balanced. I'm onto the next Ashley Parker book, Plague Nation.