Book Review: Dead Meat – Day 1
Good Morning lovers of the undead,
Rise, and wreak havoc! Too cheesy? Sorry, couldn’t help myself.
In all seriousness, I hope you’re all doing well and that you’ve made some fun Thanksgiving plans with friends and family. Take some time to enjoy the festivities and get some R&R. I know I need some!
Anywho, back to the meat and potatoes of this post. It’s book review time again!
This time I read Dead Meat, Day 1 by Nick Clausen.
After reading Dead Meat, Day 0 (you can check my review out here), I had to keep going with this zombie series, especially since I’m already a huge fan of this author.
Did this second book keep up the ante? Keep on scrolling, peeps!
Day 1: How it all began
Three teenagers find themselves trapped in a stuffy, warm basement. The old lady who used to own the house is now dead. She’s also standing right on the other side of the basement door, scraping and moaning, trying to get in. Patiently. Tirelessly.
How did they end up here? Just a few hours ago, all three of of them were sitting in Thomas’ car, sweating and listening to music, not a care in the world. They were almost done with the paper route when they came to the old lady’s house. And that’s when everything turned to chaos.
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I had a really good time with this zombie read. It wasn’t perfect, but entertaining with interesting characters.
This book follows the events from Day 0 and continues the story with a whole new set of characters as they discover what happened in old Esther’s house.
I liked that there were a whole new set of characters for this book, and I’m curious if this trend will continue. I did not want to hear very much about Dennis’s awful mom after the first book, believe me! While the characters didn’t necessarily have a lot of depth, their personalities showed through their actions and dialogue. And let’s be honest, when you’re fighting zombies left and right there really isn’t time establish depth.
Thomas and Dan were favorites of mine, and I loved their conversations and how they actually knew about zombies in this world. Many zombie shows and books don’t reference to the pop culture of zombies, and I actually liked how meta it was. It was refreshing.
That being said, I did have an issue with one character, Janjak (kudos for the originality of name!). His response when things got crazy didn’t quite fit. I obviously can’t spoil anything, but his words and some actions confused me.
As with the last book, the writing flows very well, so well in fact that I often lost track of time. I ended up finishing this book much quicker than I thought I would.
The plot is, well, zombies of course! Now keep in mind that this is day one, so this is something of a starting point. There aren’t worldwide uncontrollable zombie outbreaks at this point, so don’t expect that. As far as pacing, this book started off very fast-paced, lingered a bit, then picked that pace right back up again. I did wish that some parts were sped up a bit and others prolonged, but overall wasn’t disappointed.
I’m happy to continue with this series, and if you like zombies definitely give this a shot!
That’s A Wrap!
Well that’s it for this book review. I hope you enjoyed it!
Have you read this book? Are there other similar books you’ve read that you simply have to gush about? Feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to start a conversation!
Have a great day!
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Zombie stories are so fun. You’re right, Janjak is a cool name. Good review, Jonny!
Yeah, I’m glad I’m finally delving into this subgenre of horror. This one definitely felt like a horror movie as I read it. Thanks Priscilla!