Genres: Dystopia, Horror, Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Published by Jolly Fish Press on May 6, 2014
Pages: 270 pages
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
Reviewed by: Kristina
The world is Cassie Fremont’s playground. Her face is on the cover of every newspaper, she has no homework, no curfew, and no credit limit, and she spends her days traveling the country with her friends, including a boy who would flirt with death just to turn her head. Life is just about perfect—except that those newspaper headlines are about her bludgeoning her crush to death with a paintball gun, she has to fight ravenous walking corpses every time she steps outside, and one of her friends is still missing, trapped somewhere in the distant, practically impassable wreckage of Manhattan. Still, Cassie’s an optimist. More prone to hysterical laughter than hysterical tears, she’d rather fight a corpse than be one, and she won’t leave a friend stranded when she can simply take her road trip to impossible new places to find her, even if getting there means admitting to that boy that she might just love him, too. Skillfully blending effective horror with unexpected humor, this diary-format novel is a fast-paced and heartwarming read.
CONFESSIONS OF THE VERY FIRST ZOMBIE SLAYER (THAT I KNOW OF) felt very reminiscent of The Walking Dead with slow walking zombies, groups of people battling against each other for resources while a zombie horde threatens humanity's very existence. Except this story revolves around kids with the random adult side character. It was interesting seeing how quickly these kids had to grow up and deal with very human and adult issues of love, death, and betrayal. Another aspect I enjoyed was the everyday things that these characters had to figure out and the thoughts of despair and utter confusion that are usually not really focused on in other zombie apocalypse stories.
The story is fast, filled with dark humor, and lots of blood and guts (mostly of the zombie variety). I liked the ingenious ways they figured out how to put down the zombies through trial and error.
Cassie, our narrator and zombie killer expert is tough, brave, and uncertain at times which fit for her being a teenager. I liked seeing a teen's perspective of an apocalypse and she came off as very realistic, not too much of an 'ass-kicker' and not too much of a wimp. I enjoyed the way the story was written as a diary of sorts for future generations in the hopes they can survive and figure out this zombie apocalypse. By the end of Cassie's story this apocalypse hasn't been resolved but it ends on a hopeful note anyway which I always hope for with any zombie apocalypse novel.
CONFESSIONS OF THE VERY FIRST ZOMBIE SLAYER (THAT I KNOW OF) is a funny and poignant take on what a zombie apocalypse would be like through the eyes Cassie, an average girl turned zombie slayer.