Friday, September 30, 2016
Zombie Rock takes the absurd and makes it believable
Entertaining story told in the first person by a seventeen-year-old boy living in the time of a plague. The Red Plague makes people crave brains so they are renamed zombies. With proper diet, they are able to function, Jackson's world slowly shrinks to us and them, infected or not. J.R. Cleveland writes a feasible scenario leaving the reader sympathetic to the characters you were supposed to and repelled by the unlikable. Sometimes humorous, mostly tongue in cheek, Cleveland tackles important issues like teenage pregnancy, single parenthood, abuse, bullying, and treatment of people who are different. Zombie Rock takes the absurd and makes it believable much like his other novel Abducted. He understands teen boys and gives them the right voice. A fun read where the monsters are not necessarily the ones eating brains.
Carole P. Roman