by M.R. Carey
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Genre: Post-apocalypse, Zombies
Hardback: 416 pages
Her name is Melanie. It means "the black girl", from an ancient Greek word, but her skin is actually very fair so she thinks maybe it's not such a good name for her.
Melanie is a very special girl. Dr. Caldwell calls her "our little genius."
Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh.
Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.
This is one of those smart zombie books with some beautiful - yes, beautiful passages.
There are two types found in this novel. The ones we all know and love that focus on feeding frenzies (brrraaaainnss) are referred to as hungries. And, the second type are a different kind that we start to learn about.
The story gets into life as the second version of zombies and proceeds to draw you into their plight. By the end you are not too quick to pull the trigger at these zombies.
* listened to the audio version
* fyi: movie version is set to release September 9, 2016 in the UK - looking forward to the US release
* part of zombie month (schedule)