I’ve been gushing about author Jesse Petersen and her Living With the Dead series for a long while now. (In fact, click to see my reviews for book 1, book 2, and book 3.) This has become a favorite series of mine, about married couple Sarah and David battling zombies and saving their marriage during the zombie outbreak that occurs in the Northwest of the U.S. in 2010. So when Jesse Petersen tweeted one that day she would send a PDF copy of her new collection of short stories coming out to book bloggers that were interested, I jumped at the chance.
In the Dead: Volume 1 is a collection of 9 short stories set in the same zombie-apocalypse world as her LWTD series, but with new characters. Per her website, it will be released on August 1, 2011. I believe it will only be available in e-book format, though I could be wrong about that. And while it’s not available on Amazon yet, it should show up there around the end of this month.
I really, really enjoyed getting these peek into other survivors’ lives, and seeing other parts of the U.S. during the outbreak. Throughout the LWTD series, there are rumors of a Mid-West Wall that was erected and it’s rumored that there are no zombies on the other side. In two of the short stories here, we actually get a glimpse of life on the other side of the Wall!
Overall, these stories are a great addition to this zombified world that Jesse has created. My favorites were…
…Bonewrecker 2, in which we meet a kid who misses the first days of the zombie apocalypse because he’s a video game addict.
…I Call It Lost Wages, in which we meet Sam and Troy – two survivors traveling together to try to find a safe place. (I would be really interested in seeing their story expanded, I sense some romance there.)
…They’re the Lions Now, in which we meet two brothers living on the other side of the Wall.
…and Reality Bites, in which reality TV takes a zombified-turn. I could totally see this happening if a zombie outbreak really occurred!
The great thing about Jesse’s zombie books is that she can be funny, scary, or really thoughtful when it comes to the zombie apocalypse. One minute you’re laughing about a zombie bridezilla, and the next you’re contemplating humanity and the wonder at people helping each other out during such a scary time. There’s just so much to explore.
While I’m still really craving a new novel in the LWTD series (I love Sarah and David), these short stories are a great way to get my zombie-world fix until then.
Also, since In the Dead: Volume 1 isn’t available for purchase yet on Amazon, I’ll make sure to post the link to it when it is
Sarah Says: 4 stars
*Disclaimer: I accepted an advance PDF copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I received no compensation for said review.