As much as I enjoy a good horror story, I will admit that I am a sucker for the occasional oddball or offbeat story in the genre. “How a Loser Like Me Survived the Zombie Apocalypse” kind of fits that bill, but it wasn’t as humorous of a story as I thought it might be.
The book, written by Steven Bereznai, follows a man named Marty at the start of the zombie apocalypse. He is engaged to the love of his life, part owner of a gym, and in an otherwise happy place in his life. All of that changes when he wakes one morning to find his fiancee, Steph, missing. As he searches the house for her, he finds her eating a dog in the backyard. She attacks him on sight like a rabid animal, and he is forced to kill her. That begins his backward cycle to the person he was before meeting Steph, a man with little to no self-esteem. It is only made worse when he ends he ends up at his business with the ex-girlfriend partially responsible for his self-esteem issues in the first place. It isn’t long before she begins playing her mind games again. Add to that the uncertainty of the infections and how it is transmitted, and you have a group of mistrusting survivors who are easily manipulated.
I expected this story to be more of a funny take on the zombie apocalypse type of stories. Even with that in mind, I enjoyed this story a lot. It was relatively short and paced pretty well, mostly. You couldn’t help but wonder just how much of what was going on between the survivors was because of the ex-girlfriend, or if Marty read into things based on past experiences. You couldn’t help but feel for him. There were times, however, where it felt like things were rushed along a little too quickly when drawing it out might help the story more. That being said, I did have a hard time putting the book down until I finished the story. If you are looking for a nice, fun, and quick read, this is definitely a book to check out.
Until next time, Addicts…