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Jordan's Brains: A Zombie Evolution

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Jordan is a kindhearted zombie expert who voluntarily lives at a psychiatric hospital. Having prepared for the zombie apocalypse since childhood, Jordan is thrilled when hordes of the infected undead finally invade. With a bug-out bag and a confident grin, Jordan leaves the safety of the psychiatric hospital and wanders alone into zombie infested streets to rescue family a ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published May 21st 2013 by Createspace
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Cedric Nye
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing

--Okay, here is the straight scoop on "Jordans Brains: A Zombie Evolution"

I LOVED it!!

Oh, you want more? Okay, not a problem. Without any spoilers, let's see what I can do.

Jordan lives in the nut-hatch, and has a life-long obsession with Zombies. Sounds like a pretty good recipe so far, right? Oh, it gets even better!

Jordan has run countless Zombie drills in preparation for the Zombie Apocalypse, so when the Zombies make their appearance, Jordan is ready to rock and roll.

Jordan is constantly be
DJ Harris
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to DJ by: J. Cornell Michel

Jordan’s Brains: A Zombie Evolution by J. Cornell Michel

A mentally ill person walks into a Zombie Apocalypse

Jordan is your average everyday mental patient preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse against the advice of their immediate family and medical professionals.

Following the destiny that Jordan’s deceased father left for Jordan the night he passed Jordan is diligent in working Zombie Drill practices, storing emergency supplies, and developing a solid plan to not just survive but assist others i
J Cornell Michel played around with the whole zombie genre and really made it her own. I loved the narrator's voice! Our protag, Jordan, voluntarily lives in the nuthouse and obsesses over zombie culture. Jordan believes without a doubt that the world will end in the rotten clutches of the dead and openly fantasizes about being the one to save us all when it finally does.

Though the book has a great sense of humor, about three quarters of the way through the whole thing started to wear on me a bi
Lucy Hayes
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Lucy by: J. Cornell Michel
Great book! Quite possibly one of the best Zombie books I have ever read. Not gory or gross. Full of action and real solid storyline. The character of Jordan was relate-able and unexpected. There were surprises around every corner of this thriller! It is a must read, even if you are not a Zombie Apocalypse fan!

I received this book for free because I was the winner of a First Reads giveaway on Goodreads, bt I would have gladly paid full price. It is a wonderful novel!
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Thanks for offering this one free on Amazon those couple days.

This was totally not what I was expecting and that's a good thing! It's rare that I'm surprised by a zombie book. Even rarer that I really like this one, considering some of the plot twists.

Writing was good, characterization was good, and the plot twists were good.

This is a definite recommendation!!

P.S. (view spoiler)
Ian McClellan
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Not as brutal and gory as most of the zombie books I've read, but it really didn't need to be. Really funny at times, but more so in the beginning before things get serious. This book sets up all the traditional 'rules' of zombie literature and then knocks them down, including what exactly constitutes being a zombie. I suspect that, like myself, the author gets annoyed with the people that are hung up on what zombies 'have to' be and the way they 'have to' act. To me, the things ...more
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! Not a gory zombie book but funny at times and unique storyline. I liked the perspective of the main character throughout the novel - Jordan takes on several "roles" as you'll see :)
Poet Gentleness
This is not my genre, specially zombies. I dislike horror stories so much I have always been tempted to read Stephen King but never picked one of his books. I hate horror and gory, they give me nightmares.
And life has enough of it, thanks.

So, what the hell am I doing reading a Zombie book? Well, first of all my daughter said it looked nice, so I jumped in. What really interested me in this book was:
1- Jordan is insane and voluntary lives in an asylum.
2- It was said it was not gory and it was v
John Hennessy
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jordan's Brains has been on my read list for too long, far too long, but like most things we apply patience to, they turn out to be well worth the wait. I hadn't read a zombie tale in about a year, and the trend seemed to be all very samey. Fortunately, the author has stayed away from the old zombie cliches, whilst giving us some rip roaring funny moments, that quite honestly, I never expected.

J Cornell Michel has a real talent for surprise. There are many twists and turns in this story, and lik
Edward Wolfe
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Best New Author of 2013

(The title above is just my opinion. I don't know if this book has won awards or not. It should.)

I used to primarily read books by big names authors such as Lee Child, Stephen King, J.D. Robb, etc. But this year I've been reading a lot of books on Amazon from new authors; fresh voices. Every once in a while I find a book that is unique, well-written and takes me on a ride away from reality for a while just like the authors I know and love. Jordan's Brains is one of those b
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! The hero, or heroine because you're never told the gender, is so very atypical it's delightedly refreshing.

Jordan lives in a mental hospital, an asylum. He/She is obsessed with zombies and has been since childhood, much to the chagrin of his/her family. Zombie apoc drills are run, especially when medication is not taken. Everyone tells Jordan to stop living in a fantasy and accept that zombies don't exist, and never will. Then, two years after the last drill, it happens. Zombi
Michael Garza
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is not your average zombie tale. Jordan has prepared his/her (I'll get to that later) entire life for the zombie apocalypse and when it finally comes (kind of) Jordan's residence is a mental hospital. There are plenty of zombies to keep the fan base happy but the true measure of this book is Jordan's mental disorder. It is difficult at times to understand what is going on in Jordan's reality and what is simply apart of his/her disease. This was frustrating for me at first but I soon began t ...more
David Lucchesi
really liked this one. it took me forever to get thru 'cause my roomie took her eReader away, but my auntie came to the rescue with a hard copy of the bk. it isn't lk a normal blood and guts gore zombie story. instead its more of a story about Jordan and his failures and triumphs. it was a great read and i would recommend it even to ppl who don't like zombie stuff.

havin' a main character that was "crazy" was a cool idea. that seems to be a theme in the bks ive been reading lately. i'd like 2 kno
Shana Festa
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: zombies
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the book.

Jordan is a normal, everyday girl with a big heart and the desire to help people whenever she sees an opportunity. The only problem...Jordan is BSC (Bat $hit Crazy) and resides in a Maryland psychiatric hospital. Jordan is voracious in her belief that zombies exist and a widespread outbreak is inevitable. She has spent years researching and planning,
T.R. Horne
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The main character Jordan (whom we don't know is a boy or girl), is a young person that is living in a psychiatric home when the "zombie apocalypse" occurs. He (for lack of better terms) has planned and waited for this day and is all too pleased to finally show that he has been right all along about the impending doom of the world. Jordan takes to the streets, saving those who he/she thinks is in need and slays a few zombies in the process, until something unexpected happens and changes his stor ...more
Tammy K.
Entertaining, thought-provoking, fresh characters.
This zombies apocalypse story stands out the most for it's main character Jordan.
Burdened with a mental health condition which blurs reality and delusions, Jordan tries to cope to the best of his/her ability with a positive attitude as he/she attempts to decipher fact from fantasy.
The story is told through the eyes of Jordan during his/her delusions and brief moments of clarity. This unique perspective added equal parts excitement and confusion t
Jeff Dawson
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a whole new concept on the Zombie Apocalypse. Instead of focusing on the killing of zombies or taking the world back, we get to see the apocalypse through the eyes of a Zombie. That, in its self, is worth three stars for originality.

Our heroine/hero, yes, we’re not told what sex the main character is, has spent a lifetime preparing for the war she/he knows is coming. The obsession has he/she placed in a mental facility for their own safety, until “Dawn of the Dead” becomes a reality. De
Nov 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: zombie apocalypse fans, horror,
Recommended to Angie by: saw it on the indie promotion goup
From start to finish I loved everything about this book. Jordan, who I think is a guy, was entertaining as well. I loved his inner monologues of people, and I wish more of his zombie survival guide had been included.

This is also the first book I've ever read that lets you know how things are from the zombies point of view. That was cool, bloody and gory but definitely cool. Jordan, who practiced for his zombie apocalypse a lot, found things weren't actually like his favourite books and films, bu
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was intrigued by the blurb, a psychiatric patient who is preparing for a zombie apocalypse. It sounded like a novel take on the zombie genre, and it was.

Jordan's Brains was faced paced and held my interest throughout. I like how the gender of the main character is never revealed, although I have my suspicions. The author did a great job of 'humanizing' the zombies. I felt some sympathy for them, even as they were taking bites out of humans. I also love how the author emphasized strong family b
Randy Harmelink
Jun 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: zombies
A totally new and strange way to view a zombie apocalypse. From the viewpoint of a sometimes delusional zombie expert that lives in a mental hospital. And then we get to follow the main character as a zombie. Or do we? Not only that, but the story is written in a very clever way, so that the gender of the main character is never confirmed. You can choose whichever gender you prefer.

Never boring, I found it an easy book to read. The pages practically turned themselves.
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-enjoyed
$2.99 Well spent.

Goodreads just ate up my Loooong review. UGH.

Let's just say this was AMAZING. I will definitely read it again.
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it
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Caelen Tyler
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a really interesting perspective on a zombie story. It starts out with it being told from a survivalist perspective of a friendly psychopath and then transforms into them becoming a zombie that is not actually dead. I don't want to give away any spoilers so I will say this: they are not dead, but they still are zombies. What a twist as said by one of my favorite directors.
A.S. Thompson
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I would like to start this review by saying that I loved this book! And that is important because I watch all things zombie, but I've never been the hugest fan of "evolved" zombies- that is, thinkers, weapon handlers or ones who fall in love. My preference is for fast or slow zombies who crave flesh.

That being said, I can't count the number of times I laughed out loud, found myself relating to people and situations, and was surprised by the twists in Jordan's Brains. It is definitely not your ty
Thom Shepard
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Though zombies are more popular than ever, even die-hard horror fans tend to relegate them to secondary status. They aren't sexy or romantic like vampires nor tragic figures like the Frankenstein monster or the Fly. Never mind that these flesh-eating creatures were ever human beings who once loved and were loved. Now they are just mindless eating machines, right?
Well, books like J. Cornell Michel's Jordan's Brains: A Zombie Evolution challenge this notion.
Michel's book is an unpretentious joyrid
Dec 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Per FTC guidelines this review for Jordan’s Brains: A Zombie Evolution by J. Cornell Michel for a book received for free in a First Read Giveaway.

J Cornell Michel’s Jordan’s Brains is not like your typical zombie novel. The main character Jordan is convinced that a zombie outbreak is inevitable. Jordan is also self-committed to a psychiatric hospital. So for the first part of the novel Jordan is trying to get to his/her mother in Florida from his/her home in Maryland through a zomb
Omnipotent Dystopian Now
What I enjoy most about this story is the way that Jordan is constantly dropping subtle one-liners that I found to be quite funny. I've never read anything quite like Jordan's Brains, and I have to say that it is very unique. I can't say very much about the plot without giving the surprises away. Just imagine what it would be like to be a zombie. I'm still trying to figure out if/how a zombie poops. That's always been the toughest part for me to rationalize. They eat, so they must poop, right? M ...more
Johney Brown
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing

I highly recommend this book for a very entertaining read! The twist & turns will keep you guessing and take you on a roller-coaster ride through the zombie apocalypse as experienced by a psychotic mental patient: Jordan.

Jordan has prepared for a zombie apocalypse for years: running drills, creating a rule book for survival and stashing supplies in a bug-out bag. Suddenly the day arrives when Jordan must put the preparations to the test. Jordan sets off to save fami
Aug 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: zombies
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Kimberly Oberklaus
Jordan's Brains *possible spoilers*

I'm not usually a fan of inner zombie monologues and people-turned-zombie stories in general, but Jordan, the main character, was just so darn likeable. Jordan had a dream, to see the zombie apocalypse come to life. And he gets exactly that. But after just a short time, Jordan, our loveable crazy guy, gets turned into a zombie. Like I said, not normally a fan of the downside of the usually just takes too much away from the the horror aspect of it, bu
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San Francisco resident J. Cornell Michel is a fourth generation writer and a first generation zombie philosopher. She works at a patent law firm during the day but lives to write about the undead at night.

Jordan’s Brains, Michel’s first novel, was praised by IndieReader for being “funny and fast-paced” and for “offering a new look at a dead-tired subject.” Zombie Zeitgeist is a chilling collectio
“I like living in my head because in there, everyone is kind and innocent. Once you start integrating yourself into the world, you realize that people are nasty, mean creatures. They're worse than zombies. People try to crush your soul and destroy your happiness, but zombies just want to have a little nibble of your brain.” 157 likes
“The pretty ones are usually unhappy. They expect everyone to be enamored of their beauty. How can a person be content when their happiness lies in someone else's hands, ready to be crushed at any moment? Ordinary-looking people are far superior, because they are forced to actually work hard to achieve their goals, instead of expecting people to fall all over themselves to help them.” 114 likes
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