Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Review: Undead Regeneration, by Rebecca Besser

The sequel to Undead Drive-Thru is here:

Following on from the events of Undead Drive-Thru we continue into the slightly surreal world that the author has created.

In the first book, reviewed here, we were introduced to a somewhat bizarre situation involving a single zombie. As always, I'm spoiler free, so if you haven't read the first book I won't be spoiling the ending of that, either.

The book continues, some time after the events of the first, following on a natural progression. Yes some answers are given, no it's clearly not the end.

First thoughts? Well, first off, this one's novely. (Novelly? Noveller?) Anyway. It's a novel. Cool. I can dig that. The first instalment was a novella and while a great read, didn't have time to let up the pace. Character build. Lot of action, (Is that a bad thing?) but as I stated in my review of it, it gently plucked the heart-strings with emotional depth. The sequel works on that layer but heavier than the first.

So, down to the meat and bones. So to speak.

Okay, let me advise you first, if you're looking for an action zombie, grit, blood, brains, goo, ick, sick, bludgeoning, gorefest... this isn't for you. Think of it as the second act to book one.

Undead Drive-Thru slapped you in the face. It gave you the opening action-horror fest. It gave the protagonists a journey they had yet to follow. This is act two. The protagonists learn about the world, themselves, and each other. A broader world is given over. In other words the zombies don't arrive on page one. So it's a slow burn.

The two main protagonists of the piece (hey, give me a break. I can't give you names without implying the end of the first one!), share a solid relationship, going through day to day problems. And yes, they're real. They come across as relateable characters. This is the slow burn.

They're edged into the company (possibly) involved in the events of the first book by (possibly) shady government agents to help unfold things. That's when slow burn turns into page turn.

At the end of the character development, you of course have to ramp things up, and Besser does it in her usual style. Things turn from bad to worse (to worse again) for our hero's and we get the second half of the book full of what we were waiting for. Zombies, monsters, good guys, bad guys, fighting, romance, and a twist in the tail.

Overall, it's a good read, well paced, with just the right blend of horror and action, but because of the added emotional content in first half of the book, it may be more suitable to mature readers than it predecessor.

For me? Well, I'm now waiting for the next one.

You can buy it on Amazon US here, Amazon UK here, and by all means, drop by and say hi to the author, here.

UPDATE: The paperback is now available on Amazon US here, and Amazon UK here.

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