Review: Love in an Undead Age

  • Title:
    • Love in an Undead Age (A Zombie Apocalypse Survival Adventure)
  • Author:
    • A.M. Geever
  • Release:
    • September 13, 2021
  • Format:
    • Audiobook
  • Narrator:
    • Jeanne Marshall
  • Series:
    • Undead Age #1

At the start of this book, it says “in memory of” (or something) somebody who loves a good zombie novel. I don’t know what the hell a good zombie novel is, but I think I just listened to one. I’ve always hated zombies. They’re off-brand, discount vampires that operate on nonsense logic. Even the characters in the novel mention several times that zombies don’t make any sense.

Most of my reviews are review copies. So some might wonder why I’d request a zombie novel if I know I hate them. Aside from “Love in an Undead Age” sounding like it could be a vampire romance or paranormal romance, I don’t read summaries. They’re often misleading or contain spoilers and I find I enjoy books more when I go in without expectations or expecting plot details.

For a zombie novel, it actually features far fewer zombies than you might expect. It’s refreshing to see a zombie novel where humanity (mostly) seems less interested in killing the few survivors that are left and more interested in rebuilding some kind of society. As it’s the first book, you’d be right in assuming it’s mostly setup and world-building. It feels like the calm before the storm. The protagonist at one point goes on about how even the most secure forts all fall eventually.

As you’d expect with a zombie story, there are heroes and villains, meaningful loss, and human-on-human conflict. There are different groups, each with its own agenda. Despite following the copy/pasted zombie formula, I never found myself bored by it. I found the romance scene(s) to be very well done and the characters as a whole all felt human. That is to say, none of them felt like walking, talking cardboard cutouts of people as novels so often do.

The narrator was top-notch. She did an incredible job of bringing this world and these characters to life. I like the voice she did for a character whose name I can’t remember. I can’t remember any of the names, but names aren’t my thing. The voice she did for him was a little extra and made him feel more distinct and stand out from all of the other “normal” sounding people.

NOTE: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a digital review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.

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