Life wasn’t easy for Chaz. He died too young in a construction accident only to be brought back to life by the government as the world’s first smart zombie. The government decided that the experiment was a bad idea and destroyed the lab and tried to exterminate Chaz. Chaz escaped though and accidentally started the zombie apocalypse in New York City. Chaz didn’t ask for this to happen and he’s not sure how to stop it but Manhattan belongs to the zombies now.
Being a smart zombie has its advantages, the other zombies are now looking at Chaz as a leader and he may be the one to lead the zombies to a new way of life. Also a second smart zombie named Dolores has found Chaz and together the two will lead the zombies into battle against the humans in the Hunger Wars. Can two zombies in love lead a revolution and find a cure for death? How I started The Apocalypse Book 2: The Hunger Wars has your answers.
I loved how this book manages to include action, comedy and horror in the same story. The story starts with a bang as Chaz’s son Peter is running the city streets trying to get supplies for his father, while dodging zombies and trying to escape gun happy humans.The book goes along at a pretty brisk pace with the battle for New York and Dolores’s adventures going from Portland to New York.
What I liked most about the book was the humor in it. Like when Dolores and Chaz are sharing a bowl of toes and Chaz remarks that they are out of finger food. I also liked Dolores leading zombies into a bedroom to help some humans escape and commenting to the zombies: “Come and get it, yummy, yummy in your tummy.” Also just hearing Chaz trying to rally the zombies for their battle against humanity was funny and a little scary at the same time.
There are also some great moments of horror in this book such as towards the end when a boy spots a zombie in his yard after loosing his mother to one. This book also has a zombie sex scene that will be painful if you’re a guy. In the scene I loved how the guy realizes that even in his current state he is not immortal and while he is falling apart, he’s still not sure he likes the idea of death.
All in all I enjoyed this book with some minor exceptions. There was a couple of points where the dialog wasn’t very good. The scenes with Breck Palmer and Chaz’s son seemed unnecessary but I think that was meant to start a future storyline. Also in the middle of the book the story changes directions as Chaz and Dolores try to rescue some humans. At this point I found myself feeling disappointed, I liked where the story was going but towards the end I did like where the author went with it.
During the last few pages of the book I found myself thinking it would look great to see this on a movie screen and it set up a third book in the series. I’m hoping the character of Lumpy gets a bigger role in the next book. How I started The Apocalypse Book 2: The Hunger Wars is a fun book with a lot of heart and I think zombie fiction fans will really love it.