Monday, 7 November 2011
Review: Dead Inside by Lost Zombies
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Format: Large paperback
Released: October 1st, 2011
Grade rating: B/B+
A gradual mutation of a virulent strain of 'super flu' gives rise to millions of the undead, who quickly overwhelm treatment facilities and swarm cities around the world, leaving survivors on their own against a legion of the infected. Through found notes and messages- letters to loved ones, journal fragments, confessions, and warnings, readers can uncover the story of what went wrong, and come to know the individual voices of those affected by the zombie crisis.
Dead Inside: Do Not Enter really is just like PostSecret in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. It's a very fast read, but it's a fun one. I was surprised to feel a bit sad too, and a few pages even gave me chills. Mostly the ones where children talked about having to kill their friends and family... *shudder*
Zombies are big business at the moment, and Dead Inside has come along just at the right time. It strongly reminded me of The Walking Dead crossed with new movie Contagion (about a deadly disease), which to me is a very good combination indeed. The whole layout and idea was also brilliant, with some pages easily fitting the PostSecret bill. Seriously, I'm almost expecting them to appear in Frank's next collection!
Dead Inside is very much about survival, and chronicles a pandemic that leads to a zombie takeover. All the talk of flu and diseases made me think it's not so far away from real life, and the zombie side of things just made me think I was trapped in a field somewhere with Rick Grimes and a shotgun.
Fans of zombies will love this one, as will fans of the PostSecret formula. It's an entertaining read with an interesting, though not even slightly original, format. I hope there's more to come from Team Lost Zombies!