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I, Zombie

3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,725 Ratings  ·  406 Reviews

This book contains foul language and fouler descriptions of life as a zombie. It will offend most anyone, so proceed with caution or not at all.

And be forewarned: This is not a zombie book. This is a different sort of tale. It is a story about the unfortunate, about those who did not get away. It is a human story at its rotten he
Kindle Edition, 222 pages
Published August 15th 2012 by Broad Reach Publishing
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Peter Spenser
Aug 27, 2014 Peter Spenser rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: zombie fans who want something a little different.

There are conventions that are common to each type of monster story: vampires suck blood, werewolves grow hair, and zombies are mindless, out-of-control creatures whose only thoughts—if they can be said to have any at all—are to kill and eat living people.

But what if zombies were not exactly like that… mindless, I mean. What if a zombie’s brain was a still-functioning, still-thinking organ trapped within a body that it couldn’t control, a body that obeyed its own primal inst
Dan Hart
Jan 25, 2013 Dan Hart rated it it was ok
I really enjoy Hugh's writing, and he delivers exceptional prose here. I am glad I purchased this book, and will gladly buy anything else Hugh Howey writes in the future.

However, I did not like this book overall, hence the low review. There were some stellar things to it, however:

1. The premise is absolutely wonderful.
2. The book opens grand. First couple introduction chapters are lovely.
3. The book isn't "really" about Zombies. In the same way most good Zombie books aren't really about Zombies.
Aug 21, 2012 Ruth rated it it was amazing
Originally published at with 4 1/2 stars.

Imagine a zombie. An image springs instantly to mind. A rotting corpse, shuffling along, arms held out clumsily, grunting and groaning as it makes its way inexorably forward. Now imagine you, yourself, your ego, inside that zombie. You are that zombie, your consciousness trapped inside a brain that no longer has control over your body, your life, your insatiable hunger. You watch yourself feast on the flesh of those who ar
Renee Nicole
Dec 07, 2014 Renee Nicole rated it really liked it
Just when you think you've heard every type of zombie story imaginable, in walks Hugh Howey with I, Zombie.

See, this isn't a story of survival. Its a group of chilling memoirs on what it's actually like to be a zombie. On the outside, they're mindless monsters feeding off the flesh of the living. But on the inside? Their minds still work. They know who they are, where they came from, and they feel every pain that we, the living, would feel.

The novel is broken into parts, following around differe
Niels Pedersen
Aug 26, 2012 Niels Pedersen rated it it was amazing
I've been a fan of Hugh's since Wool 1 was a giveaway, since we demanded he keep writing. We the public who said to Hugh, "don't you dare stop writing or we will find you and make you keep at it."

I guess we only have ourselves to blame.

I pre -ordered this book, as an Ebook, so I've had it for a few days now. A few days for this book to take on a physical presence in my house. To speak to me, a voice that asks me, "what do I think I'm doing?". I try to answer this voice, "hey man, I really need
Apr 21, 2013 Karla rated it it was amazing
She was awash in misery, drowning, stranded, bit at by gleaming fish that carried away her flesh. And the worst part was that she couldn’t die.

That's only a small sample of the excellent writing to be had in this short novel about that old standby "zombie apocalypse", written from the viewpoint of the zombies themselves. Staggering around, broken and rotten, or only recently turned or about to be turned, the reader is given a huge buffet of thoughts, feelings and musings from the undead.

It start
Michael Flanagan
Sep 17, 2012 Michael Flanagan rated it it was amazing
How many ways did I like thee, let me count:

1. It's about Zombies....enough said
3. It bring a perspective to the tired old Zombie genre that is like a refreshing rain on a Spring day
4. It is AWESOME
5. It had me hanging out for me next chance to delve into its pages.
6. Did I mention it ROCKS...I think I did.

Hugh Howey keeps going from strength to strength delivering one good read after the next This is one author to definitely keep your eyes on. Lets hope there is a We Zombie in the wi
Nov 19, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2012
I picked this one to read shortly after finishing the Wool Omnibus, based on the plot and reviews. The concept of zombies retaining their human consciousness was too interesting to pass up. And Howey can definitely write. Choice of words, imagery, and he has a way of putting us right in the middle of a story, of feeling like we're sitting beside the character or even in their head. But ultimately, I was disappointed. Different zombies, slightly different perspectives, all doing the same thing. U ...more
Aug 18, 2012 Colby rated it it was amazing
Don't be afraid of what you'll become.
Be afraid of what you are.

This zombie book kind of transcends the genre. I have read a lot of zombie stories in my day, but I have never come across one that made me do more reflecting on my life than this one. As always, Hugh Howey's character development is uncanny, drawing you in and making you part of his world. I've read everything this author has written, and am an admitted fan-boy. That being said, this is right up there with his best work.

This is no
Brent R.
Aug 15, 2012 Brent R. rated it it was amazing
You know that little demon in the back of your mind that you won't even admit lurks in your secret inner thoughts? He's real, he's not nice and Hugh is about to hand him a six pack of Red Bull and let him bore some holes through the "prim and proper" parts of your psyche!

First off - I am a huge HH fan and I'm sure that probably biased my ratings. As I see it, everyone is biased, but at least you now know one of mine. I will try to keep this review more about content to assist you in deciding if
Dec 22, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a ride!! The first few pages were alot of eewwwws, where I'd have to shut the book. Minutes later, I'd pick it back up and once I got used to the gore of it, I was completely hooked. (Is it bad that I got "used" to the gore?!) I've never experienced so many emotions in 2 days of reading before... Shock, awe, sadness, even goosebumples at some of the human moments... This book sucked me in and I.could.not.look.away. Just when I thought I was safe, another one of those moments would pop up th ...more
Aug 19, 2012 Beth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
This was great! I never thought about how the zombies might actually feel about their predicament, but after reading this, I might actually feel sorry for them....providing I escaped. I definitely recommend this for horror fiction fans.
Timothy Ward
Plain and simple, the most horrific book I've ever read. There, now go buy it.

In, I, Zombie, Hugh Howey, breakout author of Wool Omnibus, displays his acute observations on the spectrum of humanity's sins, desires and failures in the most horrifying and genuinely personal zombie book I've read. If this book doesn't move you to live a better, more appreciative life, than you might already be a zombie. This modern day Dante's Inferno illustrates slavery to sin through minds awakened to their sin a
Sep 03, 2012 Jayme rated it it was amazing
Must read for any (ADULT) Zombie fan.

This book is a different from the usual zombie fare. In I, Zombie, Howey tells a great story but this time it is from the Zombie's point of view. He does a great job of writing the zombies. Each chapter is either the name or someone who has or is about to turn. From the very first page you find out what it would feel like to be or turn into a zombie.

Sometimes it can be a bit hard to read but that is just because it feels so real. One particularly interestin
Missy McConnell
Aug 26, 2012 Missy McConnell rated it it was amazing
Mr. Howey could market this as a weight-loss miracle: Thanks for the appetite loss, sir!

His descriptions are vivid, detailed and grotesque, painted in such a way that makes it impossible for one to self-imagine the text into a less gruesome version, or to stop reading. There is no filter, no idea shielded from the reader as the graphic scenes begin their merciless, shuffling onslaught, page after page, from the very first words to the very last.

He can’t say he didn’t warn us, right there, in t
Mrs Johnnie Tate
Sep 12, 2012 Mrs Johnnie Tate rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Nobody
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Aug 16, 2012 DebbieB rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
First, the gore is off-putting. It's REALLY gory and graphic. But that's the only reason I took away a star. I can't recommend this to a lot of my friends who would prefer not to wade through the hip-deep viscera in order to get to the story, and that's a shame. Because the story is really good, the writing is excellent, the characters well developed. The premise is intriguing, and kept me reading despite the disgust. I felt empathy with many of the characters, and was riveted - so much so that ...more
Apr 09, 2013 September rated it liked it
The warning in the summary is not just a gimmick. Seriously. It's a straight up warning!! Proceed with great caution for those with weak stomachs and even for somewhat steady stomachs. Ack!!!

After having read this book, I can still say it was definitely a test. I nearly gagged several times, & yet I kept reading. It was a bit long for the premise. It followed the "lives" of various zombies from their personal perspective, as they were still alive inside.

Although I probably could have done w
As a huge Hugh Howey fan, I was disappointed in this one. It gets a bump to 2 stars because his writing is so impressive. But the lack of a story gets in the way of... you know, the story. I couldn't get through it.

The great thing about Howey's books is they are so inexpensive that you don't regret trying them out, even when they end up being bad.

Looking forward to the next Wool installment.
Kavita Ramesh
Apr 30, 2016 Kavita Ramesh rated it really liked it
What if a zombie is not a mindless brain-craving monster? What if it is a sentient human consciousness trapped inside the shell of a brain-craving monster? — A wonderful premise for a zombie novel, and well executed by the author. If you are a zombie enthusiast, this is a must read.

(Rhonda's story, especially, was memorable.)
Aaron Bouw
Aug 16, 2012 Aaron Bouw rated it really liked it
i very much wanted to give this a 5 star, and I may if I ever get around to a second read, but it didn't captivate me the way Wool did. I sensed there were bigger themes lurking under the surface of the short stories within the book, and the writing by Hugh Howey is again impeccable, but the zombie-gore porn turned out to be somewhat of a distraction. As a huge fan of Stephen King growing up, I didn't think I would ever admit that shocking descriptions of violent acts and grotesqueness could dis ...more
Sep 25, 2012 J.R. rated it did not like it
My 1/5 rating is purely a personal opinion, tailored for me, in this case more than most. Zombies, apparently, just aren't my thing. I've never read a zombie book (WWZ's been on my queue forever... that I just haven't feel the desire to start in on), but I thought the premise for I, Zombie was brilliant, and I love Hugh's previous work, so I thought I'd give it a shot. Turns out: nope, not for me. I wasn't offended, or grossed out, I just got bored reading about zombies. The inner monologue was ...more
Jay Batson
Sep 14, 2012 Jay Batson rated it liked it
I'm a Hugh Howie fan. How this guy writes so well as a new-ish author blows me away.

Despite my unabashed affection, I couldn't totally get there with this book. Two things strike me in retrospect:

- I just can't do zombies. They have a placement problem. They're supposed to exist in the world we inhabit, but they strain credulity in that setting. I can't allow for how they would come to be. I can do crazy settings; I like the worlds of Stephen Palmer. But zombies among us? My brain won't go with
Marcy Italiano
Mar 27, 2013 Marcy Italiano rated it did not like it
Hubby suggested two books. I read WOOL first and loved it. The idea was really cool, I liked the characters, I never knew what was going to happen next. Man, I could have kept reading long past where he ended this story. I still want to know how those kids end up. I'm finding I like books that have a slow reveal, where the curtain is drawn back inch by inch, and a larger picture becomes clear. I, ZOMBIE is the opposite of that. How could I like one book so much and not the other? Ugh, the repeti ...more
Dec 30, 2014 Shane_finnie rated it it was amazing
What an idea for a story. This was recommended to me by my good friend Carl. He raved about it he's a big Howey fan. Thanks Carl I owe you a pint of porter in the ramblers
Aug 17, 2012 Jeroen rated it really liked it
Shelves: zombie
A whole new perspective on zombies.
Full of gore and - most of all - despair.
You end up craving the parts where he's following/talking about the living. Just to get a glimpse of a chance of an opportunity to maybe...

never mind.

Great read.
I did find he sometimes repeats himself, quite literally, just a few paragraphs apart. But this is nitpicking. And while I'm at it: there were no (except for three oddly placed) chapter markers on my kindle...

No zombie entertainment will ever be the same.
Sep 23, 2014 Dtt rated it liked it
This is my first Hugh Howey book, and I have to say -- he is a GOOD writer -- imaginative, evocative, and blessed with the gift to weave a narrative rife with compelling imagery.

The "conceit" of "I, Zombie," as suggested by the title, is that it is told from the POV of the zombies. Howey relates the nightmare circumstance of minds still essentially sentient and rational, but trapped inside zombie bodies that are driven by separate primal and cannibalistic urges.

What I learned about this conceit
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
Such an interesting take on zombies. Really original and expanded my thoughts on how zombies would operate and be created. I think a lot of zombie novels forget to expand upon the actual zombie itself, so this was extremely interesting to me from a mythological point of view. The characters were all complex and had diverse backgrounds, but all really told the same story: they were turned and had some control over their thoughts and action for a bit before the primal zombie took over and they cou ...more
Aug 17, 2012 Debbie rated it it was amazing
As much as I enjoy Hugh Howey’s writing, I approached this book with some doubts. I’m not particularly a fan of horror, and scenes of undead people eating live people are not my first choice of entertainment. For those of you that enjoy horror stories, you will not be disappointed with any of the skillfully written graphic description. It is indeed horrific.

The characters are the zombies, each of them an individual with widely varying experiences. The reader sees through their eyes, feels their
Feb 02, 2013 Sonya rated it it was amazing
What can I say about this book? That I loved it.
First let me say I LOVE the zombie genre, even though it can be slim pickings. This book is amazingly original for the zombie genre. What makes it so special ?
Let us look at the " traditional " zombie book.
1.hero looking for family
2.kills mass zombies to find family
3.makes friends, some important friend is taken by a z.
4. You always have the " villein" in human form
5. Hero saves family overcomes adversity and evil to do so , thus the somewhat " h
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