Happy reading for 2019! It’s been a bit of a slow start for me, after thinking here’s the summer holidays and all this time for reading, I instead got caught up in the demands of having the whole family at home and never really got the chance to read anything until last week. Then I picked up this gem and read it in four days.
Where the Dead go to Die is a zombie story. Yes. It has zombies, virus and all the horror that accompanies that. But that part of the story is far from centre stage. What I expected was an action horror. What I got was a political statement and a healthy dose of very human emotion, coupled with an accurate and harrowing look at how we treat those in society who are vulnerable.
Where the Dead go to Die primarily follows the story of Emily and her daughter Lucette when Emily gets a job at a hospice for people dying of a zombie virus. what follows is both gruesome and heart melting as we learn the fate, past and present of all those involved. It’s difficult to say much about the story without giving it away, but suffice it to say, I’m still thinking about what this book had to tell me and will continue to do so for quite some time. And for me, that makes it a keeper.
Next month I’m delving into YA fiction with a title I’ve been very anxious to read. Caraval by Stephanie Garber ticks all the boxes for escapism fiction for me, and I can’t wait to see if it lives up to the likes of the Night Creatures series from Marinne de Pierres, which still lives on my bookshelf as a favourite today.
Happy reading for February!