Review: Shift for Brains

  • Title:
    • Shift for Brains
  • Author:
    • Theophilus Monroe
  • Release:
    • February 2, 2022
  • Format:
    • Audiobook
  • Narrator:
    • Kasey Logan
    • George Tait
  • Series:
    • The Legend of Nyx, Book 4
    • Gates of Eden Series 5

I’ve stated in a previous review just how stupid I find zombies as a monster. A decaying corpse isn’t going to be able to do much when the muscles begin to deteriorate. They’re not scary, interesting, or creative. I came to this story for the series, literary universe, and characters though.

The big issue with this story is something I brought up in my review of The Legend of Nyx, book 3. All of Nicky’s stories are standalone, more or less. While the zombie plague is terrifying, the threat it poses isn’t as scary as it would be if magically animated corpses were a threat for more than one story.

Small spoiler. At the end of the story, Nicky’s club opens back up. It seems too soon, it feels like the gun was jumped with the zombie story. With so many people dead, the area on quarantine for months, etc. It would be years, if not decades before the region would recover. I highly doubt things would just go back to business as usual like nothing ever happened.

I like this story, to an extent. The only reasons I like it are because I think Nicky and her friends/family are interesting characters. I’m a fan of Mercy Brown, so it’s always a wonderful day in my book when she’s in one of these stories. Had this story been written with a different set of characters, I wouldn’t have enjoyed it.

The dual narrators are a nice treat. While I think book 3 suffered due to the male narrator, book 4 was better for it. His lines this time around are much more emotive than they were before.

The version of the audiobook I listened to had numerous instances of repeated dialogue and chapter sections. That took away from my enjoyment and led to confusion on my part. I’ve reported them and the audiobook has supposedly been fixed, but it will be a while before I revisit this series to see if the errors have all been corrected.

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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