Friday, February 25, 2011

CR3 #18: Dying to Live by Kim Paffenroth

Dying to Live is the story of Jonah Caine, a man who is aimlessly wandering the countryside, trying to survive after the zombie apocalypse. He had been at sea when the trouble started, so he'd come on land to try and find his family. Unfortunately, they had disappeared, and were most likely dead. He continued to wander for months, trying to decide what to do, until he came upon a group of fellow survivors holed up in a museum. He joins their group, and begins the process of reintegrating into society. The group has to deal with the struggles of day-to-day living, as well as the fact that not all survivors want to cooperate and help each other.

On the whole, this is not a bad book. The story is interesting, and there is quite a bit of action. However, I felt that the characters were pretty one-dimensional, and the narrator himself was not all that interesting. No one really seems to develop or change. The book is really not long enough to allow much character development. Also, with the exception of Milton--sort of zombie messiah--both the plot and characters are very similar to that of the Walking Dead comic, right down to the sadistic warlord making others fight for his entertainment.

I'd recommend this book only to zombie literature enthusiasts--it is not a great example of its genre, but will be entertaining to fans with undiscriminating tastes.

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