*I received a free ecopy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
This book actually caught my attention not because of the zombies but because of the relationship premise in the story. Don’t get me wrong, there was zombie-killing, but the focus was more on the relationship between the two main characters. Dallas and Raleigh were separated for a year, so, when they reunited, Dallas was struggling to come to grips with the ways Raleigh had changed, and Raleigh was struggling with not only his own personal identity crisis but also having to share Dallas now that he had become a leader for this whole group of survivors. It wasn’t quite what the blurb described since Raleigh wasn’t exactly a hardened zombie-killer and still needed a fair amount of protecting, but it was still something I don’t think I’ve really seen explored in other books I’ve read, and I liked getting to read about a new types of relationship struggle.
Also, even though the book didn’t go as deep as I’d have liked, I still appreciated that it was more focused on the humans than the zombies in general. It even managed to make me a bit emotional at times. It wasn’t the type of emotion that carried on past the scene, but it was a plus that the author was able to make me feel something about the horrors and sadness the characters dealt with, if only momentarily.
The main problem for me though was that I didn’t connect with the main characters. One was a military man, the other a self-proclaimed damsel-in-distress, and I just couldn’t relate to either.
I also would’ve liked it more if there had more tension between characters. Anytime anything happened, the characters ended up admitting to their mistakes, apologizing for their behavior, and then all getting along again. That’s not necessarily a bad thing—I know lots of people get annoyed when characters fight over stupid things and would probably love to read about characters communicating and acting maturely—it just wasn’t realistic or tense enough for my taste.
Overall though, it was a book that I enjoyed reading and a nice start to a character-driven M/M zombie apocalypse series, just maybe not one for my particular taste.
The year is 2028, and Dallas and Raleigh Jenson are torn apart when a worldwide zombie apocalypse ravages their home of Townsville, Australia. After a year of searching, Dallas, a former Australian army rifleman, finally reunites with Raleigh, but it’s not like old times. Not only do they have zombies to contend with, but also other humans, changed by desperation and willing to do anything to survive.
Dallas and Raleigh have changed too. So much so, that Dallas struggles with the idea that Raleigh no longer needs or wants his protection. But they will need to rely on each other and find strength in their love as they are forced to evade zombies and watch their friends die. As they fight for their lives in a brutal landscape where every supply and every step toward a potential cure is a battle to the death, only their trust in each other can keep them from perishing.
Book Author: Meg Bawden
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: LGBT, Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction
My Book Rating: 3.5
Series/Standalone: Part of a Series
Setting Location: Australia, Townsville