I’ve mentioned before that my apocalypse of choice is one involving zombies (though Dalek invasion is a close second) so it was only fitting that when I got sent a novel based around just that, I’d jump into it. Allison Hewitt Is Trapped follows the story of twenty-something Allison who is, uh, trapped after zombies take over the USA. Stuck in her work break room with just her three managers and two loved up customers for company, she takes advantage of a wireless internet signal and blogs her journey. In the comments section she discovers fellow survivors, though their grim outlook on what’s happening gives her little faith. Still, she keeps fighting and her will to not only survive, but find her mother, stays strong even when faced with the ‘floaters’ and ‘groaners’, as she humorously categorises the zombies.
For fans of the zombie-apocalypse, such as me, it paints a grim reality of what life would be like. Pages devoted to how to stop the bathroom from stinking with no running water to flush? Delicious.
Still, the unique chapter form (each chapter is a blog post, complete with comments at the end. Interesting side note, the book actually started as a real-life blog by author Madeleine Roux who then got it published.) makes for interesting reading and the storyline keeps you interested. I’m yet to finish it, but apparently it doesn’t have a very happy ending. I guess it is a zombie apocalypse after all…
Author: Madeleine Roux
Published by: Hachette Australia (I read British Edition, published by Headline)
Available In Australia On: April 12th
Rating: If Zombies are your thing, or you’re just looking for a young-adult novel to take away some boredom, it’s great. No literary masterpiece, but entertaining all the same. Young Adults – 9/10 Regular World – 6/10
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