The giveaway is now closed, and the winner of a .pdf copy of the book is Holly S. I hope you enjoy the review.
"The sun revolves around the earth. Man is the pinnacle of evolution, nature's greatest achievement. Humanity is here to stay. We are the creation of a benevolent and loving God. Was this in God's plan?"
Bomb shelter? Check. Guns and bullets? Check. Vitamins and water? Check. Canned food and frozen food? Check. John Frank and his parents dedicated their lives to preparing for the end of the world. No matter the scenario, from y2k to the swine flu, they would be ready. John knew their preparation would all have a purpose at some point, but he never knew said purpose would be the zombie apocalypse.
In the beginning of the apocalypse, John spent his life holed up in his attic on the country side, where he could shoot at the zombies on the other side of his twelve foot fence through his window. Then a girl came along and, beside the world falling apart all around his house, John's life changed forever.
Perhaps it takes the end of the world to really cherish what it means to live in this world.
I have a love-hate thing for zombies. I love them because I love all things supernatural, but I tire of them because, well, they're all over the place. Too many zombie stories just end up being rip-offs of Night of the Living Dead. I can happily say that Phil Wolters didn't take that route. While there's a sub-plot in a mall that certainly does, it remains a sub-plot that only sometimes intermingles with the main plot.
No, I think this story is more about love and preparation in the face of the end. Zombies get killed. There are cool, big zombie fighting scenes. But, in the end, it all connects back to the comfort of being ready, being loved, and learning to move on.
Wolters has a simple writing style. His story isn't buried under paragraphs of exposition and description. It's all there, pretty straightforward, and it reads like a story being told straight from the mouth of a story teller.
If you, like me, are tired of the same old, same old with zombie stories, I think this is a good book to try out. It's a little more light-hearted, but the kick ass is still there.
|Phil Wolters outside of his Yukon home.|
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