Cover Design – Ervin Serrano
Illustration – Shane Rebenschied
Zombies. It’s the current money maker of anything pertaining to the horror genre right now, a high-powered (and lucrative) locomotive with very little sign of slowing down. When anything reaches such a point of popularity, we seem to get force fed it by the shovel full. Some of it great and some of it bad… really bad.
At this point, the living dead’s popularity has crossed over every aspect and form of media there is; film, television, comics, video games, books and even ammunition/firearm companies are all throwing kindle on this post-apocalyptic fire. With so much “zombie-madness” at hand, you might be wondering how to tell what’s good and what isn’t so great. If that sounds like you, I’ve got something that might pique your interest.
Allison Hewitt is Trapped, a novel, is a quick and fun take on what life with the undead might be like. It starts out with the zombie outbreak already happening and our title character, Allison, trapped in the break room of a bookstore with a handful of other survivors. They eventually make it to an apartment where we discover this particular zombie tale doesn’t just pertain to people… animals are also capable of being infected, as a squirrel takes a nip of someone who also becomes infected.
In this tale of survival, Allison is forced to become a nomad and deals with a variety of emotions including betrayal, loss, heartache and love. The story itself isn’t that uncommon from what’s become the modern day Z-Survival horror formula and that’s not a bad thing. However, there is something that sets this book apart from the others in it’s genre. The entire book is written as an internet blog (before print, it was an online experimental work released in serial format) with Allison gaining access to an internet signal that the military is using for dire emergencies. As a result, other survivors from across the world tune in to Allison’s blog posts and at the end of each one they offer their support, briefly explaining the situations they have to face as well.
OUT OF 5
It’s a nice touch that gives the book a different feel, just enough to be different from the rest of the heap. On the downside Allison Hewitt is Trapped is a tad on the short side, most readers will burn through it in a week.
+ Unique blog style format
+ Zombie squirrel
+ Internet still exists
– Almost too short, fast read
– Feels too ‘young adult’ at times