Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Zed (Zed #1) by Stephen Herfst

Zed (Zed #1) by Stephen Herfst
Publisher:  Amazon
Publish Date:  February 18, 2012
Pages: 143

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I liked this book.  I really did.  BUT...I think I would have liked it even better if I hadn't read WARM BODIES by Isaac Marion first.  They have a similar theme, but are very different books.

Like R (WARM BODIES), Zed isn't your typical zombie.  He doesn't care to hunt and eat people, in fact, her prefers deer or pork.  He also reads, watches tv, 'lives' in a house and works on his stride.  Yes, his stride.  See, he doesn't want to lurch like his 'brothers'.  He wants a normal human stride.  He enjoys messing with the Yahoos, Activists and Military - he likes the idea of a zombie outsmarting them.  For some reason, he is fixated on completing his military outfit...which leads me to believe that he was once in the military.

Zed thinks that something that was done to him in the Zombie Retraining Camp sparked his brain into returning to something close to human.  See, the zombies are given specially formulated treats when they do their job correctly.  Some even learn to work at fast-food restaurants!  I can totally see that - I used to manage fast food.  I could have probably used some well trained zombies!

So Zed is just going along enjoying his 'life', when he meets up with a young girl named Chase.  Instead of whacking her or letting his 'brothers' have her - he saves her and they begin hanging out.  Chase tells him that she has a safe untouched place to live, they just have to get there. 

Chase came off, especially at the beginning, as almost cartoony.  Like a caricature of a hillbilly girl.  I got really annoyed with her, really quickly.  Luckily, about halfway through the book she settles down and seems more real and not as obnoxious.

The best part was the very last chapter, I can't wait to find out if my guesses on Zed are right or not!

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