Author: Francis Gideon
Publisher: JMS Books
Cover Artist: Written Ink Designs
Rating: 3.25 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 10/25/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Mike’s brother Zach has always been a little weird. He spends most of his nights sneaking out to hunt for ghosts, then reading fan fiction for his favorite TV show Paranormal whenever he can. But when Zach comes out as gay and is subsequently bullied at school, Mike realizes his brother needs an ally more than anything. Though Mike knows he’s also pretty strange, they form a pack with other outcasts to make high school a little better.
Everything changes when new student Ray shows up at school. Mike breaks away from his brother and soon falls for Ray — while at the same time unearthing a mystery about their small town. As teachers disappear and dead bodies pile up, Mike and Ray are left alone fighting evil, when all Mike wanted to do was fall in love.
Warning: This Review Contains Spoilers
I included the spoiler warning above because the story took a sharp left turn toward the end.
For most of the book I figured the title was a play on words or was a metaphor of some sort because it certainly didn’t feel like a paranormal book. Nope, there are indeed zombies in this otherwise sweet tale of a young man discovering his sexuality. Zombies different from the kind normally seen in books, tv and movies, but zombies nonetheless. I think the story would’ve been better with the undead shuffling into the story and that aspect of the story didn’t add much to the overall plot.
The main character here is Mike who is there to support his brother Zach when he comes out and is subsequently bullied. Zach is obsessed with the TV show Paranormal (think Supernatural) to the point he writes fanfic.
Most of the story is rather sweet and even engaging despite the fact that not much really happens. Mike helps Zach find friends, which leads to Zach making a boyfriend. Mike deals with being hated by his classmates who think he’s weird and a possible killer. Mike makes a new friend, Ray. Mike thinks he might like Ray as more than a friend.
It’s that last part that intrigued me the most. Mike, who has always identified as straight, starts to think otherwise as he gets closer to Ray. They’re thisclose to kissing when Zach interrupts them and shows them a body.
Seeing the dead body sets off a chain of events that leads to the zombies knocking on Mike’s door. It’s a longish story and I won’t get into details about how the creatures are created, but it wasn’t my favorite part of the story. I would’ve preferred it remain a sweet tale about two young men accepting their newly discovered sexualities. Instead Mike and Ray hide out at Mike’s place to hide from the undead and that’s when they have sex (off page) for the first time.
Without the zombies I would’ve rated it four stars, but it’s still an interesting story.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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