Book Review: Allison Hewitt is Trapped: A Zombie Novel by Madeline Roux

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Allison Hewitt is Trapped: A Zombie novel by Madeleine Roux

“One woman’s story as she blogs – and fights back – the zombie apocalypse”

Allison Hewitt and her five colleagues at the Brooks and Peabody Bookstore are trapped together when the zombie outbreak hits. Allison reaches out for help through her blog, writing on her laptop and utilizing the military’s emergency wireless network (SNET). It may also be her only chance to reach her mother. But as the reality of their situation sinks in, Allison’s blog becomes a harrowing account of her edge-of-the-seat adventures (with some witty sarcasm thrown in) as she and her companions fight their way through ravenous zombies and sometimes even more dangerous humans.”

 

I really enjoyed “Allison Hewitt is trapped”. To be totally honest, when I looked at the cover- I thought It was going to be a chick farce and I was pleasantly surprised when it wasn’t. I guess that is why they say never judge a book by its cover.

The narrative is almost written like an oral history and very easy to follow. Allison blogs from the SNET and gets in touch with other stranded survivors; each with their own story to tell. The book focuses on the human condition rather than the zombie condition. Allison tries to remain hopeful in very bleak world, even when there is no hope to be found.

What made this book stand out for me is the sense of desolation and desperation. Not only did Allison have to worry about the zombies, it was the other survivors that really posed the immediate danger.

Allison Hewitt is trapped is a very well written book that conveys the isolation and  loneliness her characters are experiencing. There is a sense of tension that is ever-present, as fear is her constant companion. Allison’s blog is a mecca for the confused and they rely on her accounts for news and information. One day, she receives a message from her mother and leaves the book store armed only with an axe to quest to find her.

Although the books is heavily accentuated with the emotional peril the zombie apocalypse will bring, there is also some gore for the ghouls amongst us. Allison does chop through the Groaner and Floaters like a one woman Paul Bunyan and a masses quite a hefty undead body count.

I really found “Allison Hewitt is trapped” to be a thought-provoking book. How would I cope in the zombie apocalypse? Madeleine Roux certainly chucked in a few more things to consider along the way. For thousands of years our ancestors plodded along without modern technology but over the last hundred years we lost that connection to the land. When there is no more electricity would we descend into savages?

The book isn’t high art, it is a zombie novel; if you are looking for an unrelenting splatter-fest, then perhaps this book isn’t for you. If you are looking for an entertaining book with a lot to say and has zombies- then you can’t go wrong with this book.

sadieMadeleine Roux follows up with the book Sadie Walker is stranded, as boon number two in her zombie series:

MONTHS AGO THE WORLD ENDED…

…when an unknown virus spread throughout North America and then the world, killing millions of people. However, that is where the horror only started. The dead began to rise and when they rose they had an insatiable appetite for the living. A new hell had been unleashed on earth and the fight for survival had just begun.

Sadie Walker is one of the survivors in this new world. Living in north Seattle behind barrier that keep the living in and the dead out, she trying to get back to a normal life, while raising her eight-year-old nephew, if anyone even knows what “normal” is anymore. Then everything goes sideways when Shane is kidnapped by a group of black market thieves and they bring down a crucial barrier in the city while trying to escape, and flood the city with the walking dead. After rescuing her nephew, Sadie and Shane escape Seattle on the last remaining boat, along with other survivors. However, now they must face the complete chaos of a world filled with flesh eating zombies and humans who are playing with a whole new rule book when it comes to survival in their journey to find a new place that they can call home.”

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