Author: Jesse Petersen
Genre: Post-apocalyptic with zombies
Pages: Paperback, 247
Opening Lines: "When the zombie plague struck, I was just an office schlub. You know the type."
"The zombie apocalypse has been good to Sarah and David. Their marriage is better than ever. They communicate well, share responsibilities, and now, they're starting a business, ZombieBusters—for all your zombie extermination needs.
"There are lots of zombies and that means lots of customers . . . Except one of them doesn't want the zombie dead, he wants them alive and ready for experimentation. Mad scientists make for difficult clients, and this time Sarah and David might have bitten off for than they can chew."
~ Jacket copy
Thoughts: After the first book, I was really looking forward to the next two in the series. However, I wondered whether the author would be able to keep up with Sarah's snarky humor. And, in that regard, the author does not disappoint.
This book picks up a few months after the ending of the last book. The Government has bombed major cities in an attempted to control the zombie population. While getting rid of a few, it has left shells of buildings for zombies to hide in and killed survivors. However, the remaining survivors are finding a way to make the best of a bad situation. They have started making tent settlements, a trade system, and so on. After the adventures of the last book, Sarah and Dave decide to go into business as for-hire zombie killers. And it seems as though business is booming. That is until they get a rather strange client wanting them to capture "live" zombies for medical testing. And, if that fiasco isn't enough, they are hearing rumors of a newer, faster, and smart zombie—bionic zombies. As you can imagine, Sarah and Dave have differing opinions concerning both issues and are stretched to the limit.
I found it hilarious that Sarah and Dave started a zombie killing business. Even though she was a little timid about picking up a gun, after the first book Sarah took to killing quite easily. And that doesn't even take into account Dave's mad-Halo-skills! So, to me, it seemed natural. The concept of the bionic zombies was interesting. It stands to reason that there might be a different mutation. I really liked how it played into the book and the story line. I wonder how this new mutation will play into the next book.
Dr. Barnes was an interesting character. From the onset, I was distrustful of him. He seemed too good to be true, and he gave me a weird vibe. However, I found Sarah's blind faith to be a little too naive, especially considering everything they had already been through.
The ending was a little too campy for me. Without giving anything away, The Kid's ability seemed a little Deus ex machina. Granted, we are kind of led into it by the comment that he is a genius, but . . . It was just too neat and out of the blue for me to appreciate.
While this book is very much in the spirit of the other, I felt that it didn't live up to the awesomeness of the first book. Even though they snarky humor was still present, I felt it was too pushed. Further, the book relied too heavily on Sarah's little quips and asides. It ended up just being too over the top and forced. The first one had something special, and it felt as though the author wasn't willing to give this book something uniquely it's own. Even though it was a fast and fun read, I am a little concerned about the next book.
Currently: The Isle of Blood by Rick Yancey
Current Pages: 1988