- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication date: 10/1/2013
- Source: ARC provided by the publisher for review
Two teenage zombies search for brains, love, and answers in this surprisingly romantic and laugh-out-loud funny debut novel with guts.
Jake Stephens was always an average, fly-under-the-radar guy. The kind of guy who would never catch the attention of an insanely popular girl like Amanda Blake-or a psychic teenage government agent like Cass. But one day during lunch, Jake's whole life changed. He and Amanda suddenly locked eyes across the cafeteria, and at the exact same instant, they turned into zombies and devoured half their senior class.
Now Jake definitely has Amanda's attention-as well as Cass's, since she's been sent on a top-secret mission to hunt them down. As Jake and Amanda deal with the existential guilt of eating their best friends, Cass struggles with a growing psychic dilemma of her own-one that will lead the three of them on an epic journey across the country and make them question what it means to truly be alive. Or undead.
Eat, Brains, Love is a heartwarming and bloody blend of romance, deadpan humor, and suspense that fans of Isaac Marion's Warm Bodies will devour. With its irresistibly dry and authentic teen voice, as well as a zombie apocalypse worthy of AMC's The Walking Dead, this irreverent paperback original will leave readers dying for the sequel that's coming in Summer 2014.
I love zombie books and I love comedies. Even more I love it when they are combined. Unfortunately, this one just didn't do it for me. With humor, silly drama, romance, and government conspiracies, I would have thought that this would have been great entertainment. It really fell flat on almost all levels though. The humor wasn't really funny, the characters were never any that I cared for, the romance was a bit cheesy, and the government stuff seemed like it was trying to hard for what was supposed to be a light and fun book. It has the typical nerdy boy and popular girl scenario for the romance. Oh and there is added supernatural talents added in just to make things more interesting. And don't let the synopsis fool you. This is no zombie apocalypse novel and in no way should be compared to The Walking Dead. The one thing this book does have going for it is the awesome cover. I mean, look at it! That was totally a selling point on me reading this.
Jake is a rather normal kid. He likes to lounge around and play video games. His ideal weekend includes getting high, and vegging out in front of one of his games. All that changes when one morning he isn't feeling well, then all of the sudden he's eating his classmates in the lunchroom. Pretty gruesome and a little awesome lol!! He somehow manages to run away from the school and ends up running with super popular cheerleader Amanda, who has also devoured their classmates. When fed, he still can think normally. Worse than that, he can remember what he has done. He and Amanda end up getting closer as they spend time together and try to escape the people who are after them. I found him kind of a pushover, but still likeable enough.
Cass was a hard character for me. She's a medium who works for the government. She can get into the mind of the zombies by touching something of theirs. That's how they are able to track them down. When she gets into Jake's head though, she can see the humanity that he still has, and she second guesses what the government is doing. She also finds out some other deeper secrets about the branch she works with and doesn't feel very comfortable with what is being done. She starts to have feelings toward Jake which I found a bit odd and out of place, but I suppose it could happen with being in his head and all. She really is getting to know him on a level others never would.
I think this could have been really good, but the whole psychic thing added really distracted me from the idea of the zombie virus being done quite differently than I have read before. I thought that it was cool that they weren't actually dead all the time and that eating flesh and brains made their hearts start beating and regenerated them again. Yes, they are the flesh eating monsters that we expect while in full zombie mode, but I liked that they still had their humanity and rational thoughts when they weren't hungry.
The dual POV's really took away from my overall enjoyment of it too. I felt that I was much more into Jake's POV and his survival than in Cass and her psychic power stuff. I don't think that that part of the story would have bothered me so much had it not been it's own POV, though I'm not sure that we would have discovered it just being in Jake's head. Not usually a fan of third person perspective, I actually think maybe this book would have benefited from it in that form. This one didn't really work for me, but it is a book that will definitely find it's fan base. I can't deny that it was fun at times, and the zombie virus was done in an interesting way.
*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.