A review of “Consumed” by T.S. Charles

Hello fellow Addicts.  D.J. Pitsiladis here with another book review to share with all of you.

I’ve been reading a lot of different horror tales as of late, but I thought a venture back to one of my favorite nightmare creatures might change things up a bit.  I’m speaking, of course, about zombies.

“Consumed” is a story about a boy named Zack Treadwell, an orphan who has a tendency to get into trouble and bounces from foster home to foster home because of it. When he transfers to one of the only schools in the area who will accept him, Zack makes friends with some of the more unique kids in his classes, one of which, Nick, becomes his best friend. He is unnerved when Nick reveals that he knows about his past, how his parents died at the hands of a small band of zombies, and the cover up that landed him under mental evaluation and then in the foster care system.  When he tells Zack that the home base for those same zombies was in the forest just on the outside of town, and is able to prove it, they begin to plan how to expose the cover up and bring those involved to justice.

I thought the premise of the story was a good one.  Instead of a massive zombie outbreak, there are small ones here and there that the government covers up.  Even the narrative being told in the mindset of a teenage boy worked, but only to a point.  It kept my interest, but there were points where I had to remind myself that it was a horror story I was reading, not a coming of age one.  When the roller coaster ride began, Zack became less of a believable character to me.  Teenage and young adult novel readers might enjoy it, but I don’t think the story really works for an adult audience.

Until next time…

Donald “D.J.” Pitsiladis

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