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256 pages, Paperback
First published October 14, 2010
The Written Review
New week, New BookTube Video - all about the best (and worst) literary apocalypses to live through!
The world has been distilled. Being dead is easy.
"You should always be taking pictures, if not with a camera then with your mind. Memories you capture on purpose are always more vivid than the ones you pick up by accident."
“I want to change my punctuation. I long for exclamation marks, but I'm drowning in ellipses.”To the more thought provoking:
“My friend "M" says the irony of being a zombie is that everything is funny, but you can't smile, because your lips have rotted off.”
“I am dead, but it's not so bad. I've learned to live with it. ”These words express so well what it means to be a zombie: to live in an eternal state of apathy, not alive, not truly dead, just there.
“The past is made out of facts...I guess the future is just hope.”R's chronicles of life, surprisingly articulate and thoughtful for an undead, soon lead us to the realization that, for R at least, there is still hope for a revival of the human spirit.
“It frustrates and fascinates me that we'll never know for sure, that despite the best efforts of historians and scientists and poets, there are some things we'll just never know. What the first song sounded like. How it felt to see the first photograph. Who kissed the first kiss, and if it was any good.”
“There's no benchmark for how life's "supposed" to happen. There is no ideal world for you to wait around for. The world is always just what it is now, it's up to you how you respond to it.”Such symbolism throughout the novel leaves readers with more than one new perspective on the shape of today's society, and on what really matters in day-to-day life.