Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament by S. G. Browne

Released: March 3, 2009
Format: Trade Paperback
Pages: 310
Publisher: Broadway
ISBN-13: 978-0-7679-3061-1

I received a copy of this book through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers group last year. For whatever reason, I never got around to reading it until just now and I’m rather sorry that it took me so long since the book was quite enjoyable.

Breathers is a dark comedy set in a world where zombies have been around for a while, and people are aware of them. Zombies are even lower than second class – they have no rights and are generally ridiculed and hated. The star of Breathers is Andy, a recently undead man who found is second life after a car accident in which his wife and daughter died.

The book follows Andy as he comes into his own as a zombie. At the start of Breathers, he feels sorry for himself and basically bemoans his existence, living in his parents’ basement and drinking their wine. Over the course of the novel, he becomes more independent and regains his humanity.

Overall, I found Breathers to be quite fun. There were a few plot points that were predictable but they didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story. Andy and his fellow zombies make for interesting protagonists and the general plot is fun. It’s a nice, light read and I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good zombie tale.


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