Zombie Apocalypse 2012: A Political Horror Story by Ian McClellan

Ian“The South will rise again,” indeed. There’s really nothing new here as far as the zombie genre goes, but that’s also what’s likable about it. In many zombie stories that are supposedly based on present-day reality, I always find it a little hard to believe that if the undead started rising we would call them anything but zombies. The believability of everything that happens in this story is what I like about it. The writing is pretty simple but with a good voice as we follow along the main character, Lance, who is just an average guy. Not a hero, not a jerk, but just some guy who sees the world falling apart and tries his best, with a sarcastic coping mechanism. The satirical commentary is pretty great too – the title suggests a bit more of a political angle than what I think the book really gives, but the extreme political views of most of these characters is clever and pointed. I’m from the country, and people really do talk and think like this. In fact, the most terrifying thing about this story, for me, is that these are EXACTLY the kind of people who would survive a zombie apocalypse.

3.5 Stars

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