Married with Zombies by Jesse Petersen
Series: Living with the Dead #1
Source: Personal shelf
A heartwarming tale of terror in the middle of the zombie apocalypse.
Meet Sarah and David.
Once upon a time they met and fell in love. But now they’re on the verge of divorce and going to couples’ counseling. On a routine trip to their counselor, they notice a few odd things – the lack of cars on the highway, the missing security guard, and the fact that their counselor, Dr. Kelly, is ripping out her previous client’s throat.
Meet the Zombies.
Now, Sarah and David are fighting for survival in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. But, just because there are zombies, doesn’t mean your other problems go away. If the zombies don’t eat their brains, they might just kill each other.
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Jesse Petersen is an author who has been on my radar for a while but it took my a long time to invest in one of her books. The mistake? Waiting this long to discover her genius! Petersen has a great sense of humour and an impressive knowledge of all things zombie, which makes Married with Zombies an absolute delight.
Sarah and David are an average couple with marital problems. Sarah works long hours to support them, there’s resentment on both sides, and they’re seeking counseling to try to save their relationship. The therapy isn’t working but it turns out that facing a zombie apocalypse can, in fact, save your marriage. It’s cheaper than therapy and the danger levels seem comparable, at least for these guys. After all, there’s nothing like constant danger and the collapse of society as you know it to make things like To Do lists seem inconsequential. And Sarah and David are actually quite adroit at zombie slaying, thanks to zombie movies and their own natural chutzpah. They do bicker over little things, even when face with imminent death, and I thought this was a great part to the story. It gave Married with Zombies some great moments of humour and also a bit of realism since Sarah and David didn’t instantly become this super couple. Don’t get me wrong — I love them as a couple and think they complement each other well as zombiebusters — but they still have issues between them, despite their best efforts to put them aside to survive.
There are a lot of unanswered questions in this novel, like how the infection started and how far the government will go to stop it. Are they razing towns? Can anyone be trusted? Will Sarah and David find their families? Petersen does a great job of really immersing the reader in the immediacy of Sarah and David’s situation, thanks to the lack of information (and the presence of potential disinformation). All they know for sure is that they have each other and that it takes as classic shot to the head to dispatch their foes. And with a fast-paced plot with some unpredictable moments, Married with Zombies is a great ride.
I sat down to read a couple of chapters of Married with Zombies and ended up reading the whole thing when I was supposed to be reading a textbook for my paper. While this is bad news for my academics, and probably my pocketbook, it’s good news for the fiction lover in me because I’ve found another fantastic author to catch up with.