Monday, May 5, 2014
Confessions Of The Very First Zombie Slayer (That I Know Of) by F.J.R. Titchenell Review
The world is Cassie Fremont’s playground. Her face is on the cover of every newspaper, she has no homework, no curfew, and no credit limit, and she spends her days traveling the country with her friends, including a boy who would flirt with death just to turn her head. Life is just about perfect—except that those newspaper headlines are about her bludgeoning her crush to death with a paintball gun, she has to fight ravenous walking corpses every time she steps outside, and one of her friends is still missing, trapped somewhere in the distant, practically impassable wreckage of Manhattan. Still, Cassie’s an optimist. More prone to hysterical laughter than hysterical tears, she’d rather fight a corpse than be one, and she won’t leave a friend stranded when she can simply take her road trip to impossible new places to find her, even if getting there means admitting to that boy that she might just love him, too. Skillfully blending effective horror with unexpected humor, this diary-format novel is a fast-paced and heartwarming read.
What starts out as just a fun trip with friends suddenly takes a dark turn with an unfortunate paintball accident. Cassie accidentally kills her crush with a paintball gun, twice. The second time when his corpse sits up and reaches for her next and tries to kill her. She allows herself to be taken away while trying to explain what happened. Only, when people start believing her it might just be too late for them. All she knows is that she needs to get out and go find anyone she can who is still alive.
This book was great. I really enjoyed that this was a very candid telling of a zombie apocalypse. So many details anyone could relate to about how they would feel, but these details are always left out of books and movies in favor of the "hey I'm a badass" attitude, like it's perfectly normal. I loved the thought process, the doubts, how she wants to say she was awesome like people in the movies, but tells it how it was. It felt genuine, like it was something that could have actually happened. While having the world fall apart around your ears, and people you once loved turning into zombies, F.J.R. Titchenell does a superb job combining the apocalypse with humor.
If you want a great novel about zombies that if different from the rest, this is a must read!
5 out of 5
F.J.R. Titchenell is an author of Young Adult, Sci-Fi, and Horror fiction, married to fellow author Matt Carter. Her debut novel, Confessions of the Very First Zombie Slayer (That I Know of) will be available spring of 2014.
My parents’ name is Titchenell. They called me F.J.R.,
A hint about my future and a lucky guess by far,
For J.R.R’s enduring world of evil versus good,
For Robins both of Locksley and the Hundred Acre Wood,
For Jane whose razor wit put all three Bronte girls to shame.
Fiona was my own before the ogre princess came.
They schooled me in my craft, but on my own I heard its call.
Whatever it gives back to me, I give this task my all.
I’ll trade my days to feed myself and keep my happy home,
My heart can spend them safely locked in some remembered tome.
I’ll even do them well, my every bread-acquiring sham,
But don’t confuse the things I have to do with what I am.
I’m through and through a storyteller. That’s all I can be,
No matter if by day or night, for crowds or only me.
The use of words on paper to encourage and explore
The beauty of the human heart and mind is what I’m for.
I do this not because it’s easy nor for profit’s sake.
This life’s the one that chose me and the only one I’d take.
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