I loved the adventure that Damage in an Undead Age took me on! I enjoyed the new characters that were introduced and the twists created by their addition to the story! What I loved the most though, was the emotional journey that I wasn’t expecting. It was beautifully woven into the zombie apocalypse and left me unable to put the book down.
Damage in an Undead Age picks up just after book 1, Love in an Undead Age. The group has escaped on a boat and is healing from their injuries. They have Jeremiah, the crazy man that is immune to zombies, safely secured as they sail to their next destination in hopes of finding help to create a vaccine.
Unfortunately, help isn’t there and they must move on. Their next stop does have a lab where they can set up to start working on the vaccine. It turns out that they are not alone though. They’ll soon discover zombies aren’t the only dangerous thing around them.
How I Felt:
Damage in an Undead Age was so much more than a post-apocalyptic zombie story! The characters each have their own internal struggles that created such an emotional roller-coaster!
I love a good zombie book that is more focused on the survival than on JUST guts and gore, and I found just that in this book. I really loved that this book started well after the Zombie Apocalypse, when groups of people had found ways to cope and survive. The main characters are living in their various situations, some are well protected with farming systems in place, while others are traveling across vast sections of unprotected, zombie-infested locations. I enjoyed that there were characters in both situations as it made for quite an exciting story!
How I Felt:
I was really invested in the main plot of this book. A group of people trying to deliver vials of vaccine to stop people from turning into zombies! I was all about it! The book gives you a chance to see a bit of how the zombies started, which I appreciate. I like having a bit of context around the “What happened” and A.M. Geever did a great job of offering this information while still moving the story forward.
I was a bit less invested in the romance portion of this story. Without spoilers, I just didn’t find the connection I was looking for to be excited about the relationship. And honestly, it wasn’t necessary for me to BE invested to enjoy this book, so I was ok with that. I felt that the focus was more on the mission of getting the vaccine to a safe place and it was QUITE the mission!
There were some unexpected twists and turns in this book that I didn’t see coming, which made me love the story all the more! I really look forward to reading the next book in the series!
Content Warnings: Zombies are in this book, so some blood, guts, and gore. Profane language, which I felt was completely justified and I would have used if zombies were after me!
To Read or Not To Read: If you enjoy zombie-apocalypse stories, this is the right book for you! If you haven’t tried a zombie book, this might be a good starting point for you. The zombies were a part of the story, but there was also a lot of focus on PEOPLE and the dangers they can cause as well.
A few years after the Zombie Apocalypse, survivors have begun to put back together their lives. They have fenced-in settlements with secured perimeters to keep zombies out. Farming has begun, allowing for food sources and a vaccine is available to keep you from turning zombie if bitten.
For Miranda, this life is working well for her. She used to go on raids in the early years, but has settled into a life of cultivating the vertical farms. Then, her ex, shows up in the city after years of being away. Still reeling from this news, she is told that things are not as they seem in their settlement. To save all of humanity, she must be a part of a mission to get the vaccine to a lab in another city.
Now she’s part of a dangerous operation full of perils, unknown trouble, ex-boyfriends, and zombies.
Love in an Undead Age by A.M. Geever
Book 1 in Undead Age series
Page Count: 456 pages
Pub Date: July 20, 2019
I chose this excerpt because one of my favorite aspects of this book was the way the characters interacted when they were trying to escape zombies.
“Are they inside?” she yelled as she powered the hatchet down again.
“Just trying to block their path,” said Doug. “How you doing there?”
Another shot, then another.
“I need another minute,” Miranda said.
“That’s about all you’re gonna get.”
Doug’s rifle fired almost continuously. Then the world began to sparkle as bits of glass showered over her. Miranda flinched away and leapt up, turning once again to the window behind her. Zombies were trying to slither through. They cut their arms on jagged glass still stuck in the frame, but didn’t stop. Zombies didn’t feel pain. They never even noticed.
Excerpt from Love in an Undead Age by A.M. Greever
I received a copy of this advanced reader’s copy for free. I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.
“I want to change my punctuation. I long for exclamation marks, but I’m drowning in ellipses.” ― Isaac Marion, Warm Bodies
Rating: 3 out of 5.
What I Loved: Warm Bodies is written with the main character, R as the narrator. As a zombie, he feels a bit different from the other zombies. He is more self-aware and seems to be having feelings. It makes a really interesting perspective and it was my favorite piece of this book.
How I Felt: This book was interesting and kept my attention. It is the first book in a series, but I haven’t yet read the second one. The struggle R goes through with his feelings was very captivating and I felt it was the thing that kept me reading this book. The love story was secondary for me. It was interesting, but I loved the way the author wrote the zombie’s thoughts and feelings. Isaac Marion writing is beautiful and was a major bonus in this story.
“In my mind I am eloquent; I can climb intricate scaffolds of words to reach the highest cathedral ceilings and paint my thoughts. But when I open my mouth, everything collapses.” ― Isaac Marion, Warm Bodies
To Read or Not To Read: This is a YA novel and is perfect for romance sci-fi junkies. If you enjoy the post-apocalyptic YA stories, it’s a good book for you! If you are looking for a traditional zombie-eating-brains kind of story, you should move along…this one isn’t for you.
What’s This Book About Anyway?
R is a zombie, going about his zombie-day eating humans and living in his 747 at the airport. He doesn’t remember anything about his before-life and he’s pretty much just, a zombie.
He meets Julie and he can’t understand why, but he doesn’t want to eat her. He takes her captive and she begins to change his life. She brings something new out of him that he’s never felt before.
Julie and R live in a world where zombies are bad…people kill zombies or zombies eat people. What if though, zombies could be something a bit different given the chance?