Author: Valerie Grosjean
Release Date: October 15, 2013
Goodreads Rating: 3.90 Stars
My Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
My Content Rating: 16+? (Zombie violence)
- The romance. Reading the synopsis, you would think that this book is all about the romance. And it is - sort of. Throughout the book Christian is focused on his best friend, who he's been secretly in love with for the past year. The problem is that he's not actually with her for at least the first half of the book (we get a couple of phone calls, but that's all), so we don't really get a chance to see his love for her in action. Then, once the two are together, I struggled to figure out if Iris had any feelings for Christian at all (or at least non-friend feelings). There just wasn't any chemistry between them and there were very few scenes where the two of them made any sort of connection. So, we just kind of had to go on what Christian was telling us about his feelings, without really seeing the sparks between the two of them. This made it hard for me to really root for them as a couple. The book is a short, quick read - I would have preferred if it were a bit longer and we had some more moments between Christian and Iris.
What I loved:
- The zombies. While the romance in this book was lacking a bit as far as I was concerned, the zombie action was not. The book starts out with a bang - literally - and doesn't let up. Christian finds himself suddenly swarmed by zombies in his college dorm and barely makes his escape. Meanwhile lots of others, don't escape at all - and the results are rather gory. Just the way a zombie book should be. These aren't slow-shuffling, lazy zombies either - you need to stay out of their way!! When Christian escapes the dorm, he's still far from safe and sound, and there were some interesting twists as far as who did and didn't become zombified by the end of the book.
- Christian. I thought that Christian was a very realistic hero. He was neither a superman nor a wimp - he was mostly a regular guy who found himself trying to survive and get to the girl he loved. I also thought that his feelings for Iris were believable, so I was sympathetic to his plight. (Like I said, I just didn't quite see those feelings reciprocated when he and Iris were together). I loved that Christian was an aspiring poet - his voice showed that poetic side of him without him coming off as flowery or overblown, which is a hard balance. My only gripe about Christian was that he seemed a bit oblivious when his dorm-mates started eating people - it took him a little too long to figure out that they were zombies! But, I was able to forgive that because, once he did figure it out, he acted pretty rationally and intelligently. Christian was a character I could root for!
- The ending. There was a twist at the ending that I thought was great and definitely made me interested in reading the next installment in the series!
Undying is a quick and entertaining read. While the romance in this book didn't have me completely enthralled, Grosjean still did a good job of crafting an interesting zombie story and I'm eager to see how it all plays out in book #2. I give it 3.5/5 stars.
About the AuthorValerie Grosjean is the author of the young adult novel UNDYING. She grew up on a Nebraska farm. After college, she married and moved to Northern California, where she lives with her husband and their two young children. Her obsession with zombie movies inspired UNDYING, her first novel and the beginning of the Undying series.
***Disclosure: This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given. All opinions are my own***