Saturday, 23 January 2016

Book Review: Southern Zombies by Ann Riley

Our outbreak started with a recall of beef and pork suspected of being contaminated with the toxoplasmosis parasite. This toxoplasmosis epidemic hit around the same time as the flu vaccine season got started. Although live vaccines don't cause disease in the people who get them because they are made with weakened viruses and bacteria, there is always a concern that someone with a severely weakened immune system could get sick after getting a live vaccine. That is why live vaccines are not given to people who have a weakened immune system
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People who were infected with the toxoplasmosis parasite displayed symptoms of the influenza virus. So almost everyone thought we had a flu epidemic going around. People getting the flu vaccine already had a weakened immune system thus pushing them further into sickness with the live flu vaccine. This somehow sent the toxoplasmosis parasite into over drive and caused it to wreak havoc. 


This is the story of my family and how we are surviving this epidemic. We live in the South and we like to sit on the porch and drink sweet tea. We use the word “yall” in every sentence almost. We have a dreaded high humidly and summers that feel like you are baking in an oven. We live life at a slower pace, not because we are “slow” as some people think, but because we like to enjoy life and the pleasures it gives. We wave at everyone we see regardless of if we know them or not and we love our southern cooking.
 

This is our story of how we are dealing with our new world.

My Review:
The boring blurb gives you an idea of exactly what you are in for with this book. It opens with a big info dump which gives every detail of what this bacteria is when all it had to really say is that pork and beef were contaminated by a known toxic parasite and those who had a flu vaccine became ill. I found it a bit offputting that this medical info dump was taking place for the reader while the zombie is trying to break into the MC's house. I don't like things like that interrupting the flow of the story.

It didn't improve from there. Our two sisters decide to leave their men guarding the property while they go to collect another relative who is multi-miles away. Trusting these two to look after anything on a normal day is a stretch never mind in a zombie apocalypse. We are told what they see and what has been happening but we aren't shown anything interesting in the first few chapters. The only time we get conversation and 'show' is when the idiot sisters are bickering constantly. That was not interesting or entertaining. It added nothing to the story and irritated the heck out of me. They bitch, whine and fight non stop instead of working together to silently evade the zombie threat. Even when they stop for supplies, all they grab is cigarettes and Pepsi. Oh yeah, that will help you survive. Idiots.

With the sisters from hell, a lack of interesting description and action, no smart dialogue and an emphasis on over describing things that are not relevant, this was a poor book. It's one of the poorest I've read this year so far.
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6 comments:

  1. Ah, too bad. I love how they had the whole scientific reasoning worked out, but just giving it in a big info dump is not the way to do it. Oh well, at least I know better than to try it thanks to your great review!

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    1. It was not one of the better zombie books I read this month, that's for sure!

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  2. Ugh, this sounds horrible! I don't enjoy zombie stories at the best of times but one with such info-dumping like this sounds even worse. The blurb alone put me to sleep.

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    1. I really didn't like this one at all. But I did read a few good ones this week that I hope to get reviewed in the next few days.

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  3. Yeah, I was snoring with that blurb so it makes sense the book was no better.

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    1. I wish I'd noticed the blurb before I found the freebie and saved myself the time!

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