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Land of the Dead by Robert Swartwood
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Mar 17, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: zombies
Read from June 21 to 30, 2013

This is a book about race and class, politics and terrorism, family and love. It is social commentary and environmental commentary.

In the most trite of phrases on these reviews, "it is not your typical zombie story". It is, however, most awesome.

Set in a world where zombies are the norm and the remnants of the living are exterminated like vermin, "The Dishonored Dead" follows Conrad, an undead Hunter of humans who refuses to kill a human one day and gets caught up in terrorist plots, government uprisings, human conspiracies. He becomes embroiled in a secret governmental group called Living Intelligence, who seek to better understand humans in order to prolong their own zombie existences. They seek out Pandoras, which are buried, quartz-like structures that call to 10-year-old zombie children with a heart-beat sound, each to its own zombie child, and turn them into human beings upon touch.

Conrad is one of the world's most famous Hunters. And his son is about to turn 10.

The writing in this story is superb. I was immediately sucked in and couldn't put the book down once I got started. The little details of zombie life - they don't have living rooms in their house, they have existence rooms. Birthdays are animation days. Everything is grey. Only humans see color and experience emotions - maybe.

Want a great read? Pick this up.
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