**spoiler alert** I'm struggling to put into words my review of this book. I'm a huge fan of spocalyptic fiction. I love zombie movies, Shaun of the D...more**spoiler alert** I'm struggling to put into words my review of this book. I'm a huge fan of spocalyptic fiction. I love zombie movies, Shaun of the Dead being my very favorite. I have purposefully not read any reviews of this book so as to not color my opinion. I found it on a list of must read books and since it's premise sparked my morbid curiousity, well, I just had to request it from the library.
I think a lot of the feelings I have surrounding the book have to do with where I'm at as I'm reading it, so I think that's coloring my review of what, normally, would have been at least a 4 star book for me. I've been reading a lot of apocalyptic fiction and Twilight Zone type stories as of late. I've also been watching cheesy science fiction movies and recently rewatched A Handmaid's Tale. Consequently, I've been inundated with this type of genre and I think I've overdosed. There actually should be some sort of Surgeon General's Warning on such stories. More than three can be toxic. Exceeding ten will result in zombie type symptoms of your own.
I think that's exactly where I am. I've exceeded the limits of one's mental capacity to deal with such stories. I've become, one of Them. Zombie-like as I read through this book, not much surprised me. It's comprised of short stories of life during the Zombie War told in interview format (great idea, but it fell short). Each gives a snippet of life during the initial plague and links the stories, somewhat weakly in my opinion, as the world is knocked down and then built up again.
I read this book in a span of a couple of days, sitting and devouring (pun intended) each zombie story. What I struggled with was the number of characters and the similarity with which each story was told. By the end of the book, I was no clearer about each of the characters that got a chance to speak again, than I was about them when they had their initial interview. Nothing was striking about them, aside from the blind Japanese man who's story I did find riveting. I kept asking myself at the end of the book, "Am I supposed to remember this dude?"
By the end of the book I was tired. Just plain tired of the repetitive military focused stories. I wanted to know what more average Joes were doing. Yes, it's commentaries about the state of our current world were compelling, but I wanted more. I wanted to hear about the struggle of someone who holed up in a supermarket. I wanted to hear more about creative survival and less about military tactics. I guess what I wanted was a story that's already been told. The typical zombie movie/book. Plague. Fight. Hero triumph. Boring, yes, but predictable and maybe with characters that I could identify with myself.
I love the idea of this book, it just fell short in it's delivery. Could it be where I'm at right now (OD'd on the genre). Or could it be that it simply isn't that good? (less)
I was sure I was going to enjoy this book, figured it just to be fluffy ChickLit and end it at that.
It was more and I'm so glad.
The premise of this b...moreI was sure I was going to enjoy this book, figured it just to be fluffy ChickLit and end it at that.
It was more and I'm so glad.
The premise of this book is what hooked me. Molly is dead and she is looking over her life and trying to help her loved ones navigate their grief and the mystery of how she died.
Why not five stars? Well, because it is a lighthearted read and I'm trying to save 5 stars for those books that I just clutch to my chest and sigh deeply when I'm finished. You know the ones that you don't want to end and yet don't want a sequel as you know it would be ruined that way?
I would have loved more examination of the Duration. I would have loved a less tidy ending, it all seemed wrapped up in bows, and I don't think that was necessary.
Loved, loved, LOVED Koslow's writing style. Filled with wit, yet extremely wise, she had me smiling and reflecting as I read her words.
Very enjoyable read. Do I recommend it? Of course. Would I like more from this author? Definitely.(less)