on April 2016
Genres: horror, thriller
Source: a blog tour
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Undead: a reanimated corpse with a craving for human flesh.
Ultramarathon: any footrace longer than a traditional marathon (26.2 miles).
For ultrarunners Kate and Frederico, a typical Saturday morning is spent pounding out a twenty- to thirty-mile “fun run.” It’s during one of their runs that an insidious illness descends upon northern California, turning humans into flesh-shredding zombies.
When Kate receives a desperate call from her son, Carter, she and Frederico flee their hometown and set out to help him. The only problem? Carter attends college over two hundred miles away and the freeways—clogged with car wrecks, zombies, and government blockades—are impassable. Running back roads and railroad tracks becomes their only means of travel, but neither of them has ever run so far before.
As pain, injuries, hunger, and fatigue plague them, getting to Carter and staying alive seem impossible. It’s either outrun the undead or become one of them, and for Kate, death is not an option.
I don’t review many books five stars but I’d give this one six if I could.
I’m not a runner, but a friend introduced me to the concept of ultramarathons a few years ago and I admit to be a bit horrified and fascinated by the concept. I enjoy zombie books as well, so combining the two was such a novel idea, that I was super excited to read this one.
I devoured it. I seldom finish a book in under a week’s time – not because I don’t read quickly or a lot, but because I have a short attention span and I’m often reading 5, 6, 7 books at a time… look at how crazy my sidebar “current books” list has gotten at time (fairly recently I was up to 9; at the time of writing this review, I think I’m down to three, which is rather rare for me, but that’s only because most of the books in my pile right now are all rather similar dystopian young adult novels).
Anyways, the premise of the story is a widowed mom trying to rescue her son, along with her best friend, from the zombies. The new world, filled with zombies, is shown slowly, which doesn’t seem to happen too often in books (and is actually a pet peeve of mine; I don’t think zombies will take over the world in 30 seconds, I think it’ll take a day or two at least! It should take at least a page in a book too, shouldn’t it?). Kate and Frederico are in denial about the truth, but accepts reality quickly enough and gets down to business: running 200 miles to rescue Kate’s son.
You can imagine the rest of the book if you’ve ever read a zombie book before, but the book is nicely done and there are some well thought differences which make this one stand out from the genre.
I hope there’s a sequel!