Title: Love in an Undead Age
Author: A. M. Geever
Publisher: ZBZ-1 Press
Publication Date: August 1, 2019
Genres: Horror, Romance
Shelves: Female-fronted, Female-authored
It took me a long time to get through Love in an Undead Age. In all honesty, if I hadn’t agreed to give it a review, I likely would have shelved it and moved on. I am glad I stuck with it, as the most interesting scenes come in the second half, but I’m not sure I’ll be continuing with the sequel.
The horror aspect of the book was, I think, where A. M. Geever was strongest at drawing the reader in and keeping them engaged. The zombies are well done, legitimate monsters whose lost humanity we can never forget, making them tragic at the same time as horrifying. There are some stellar scenes of gruesome, violent confrontations here that virtually splatter the page with blood and gore.
Even more chilling, however, is the exploration of the monsters within versus the monsters without. It is deep within the cult compound, with its tests of faith and its David Koresh type leader, that the book really captured my attention. Seeing brainwashed humans turn on one another out of misguided faith is a lot more horrifying than zombies who just need to feed, and that walk . . . damn, that was one chilling scene.
Where I struggled was with the characters and their romantic entanglements. I just didn’t find them strong enough or likable enough to really get invested in their personal lives. Their drama overwhelmed the plot at times. In addition, the romance rang somewhat hollow for me, especially with a love triangle and questions of infidelity. Full credit, however, to Geever for giving them detailed backstories and defined personalities that make them distinct and identifiable.
Rating: ♀ ♀ ♀
My sincere thanks to the author for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.