Hey everyone! Today we have a stop on the Dead Living blog tour. I'm super excited to be a part of this as I love zombie books and this one is a great one!
Dead Living by Glenn Bullion
Publication date: January 7th 2013
by Permuted Press
It didn’t take long for the world to die. And it didn’t take long, either, for the dead to rise.
Born on the day everything ended, a world filled with the walking dead is the only one that Aaron knows. Kept in seclusion, his family teaches him the basics. How to read and write. How to survive.
Then Aaron makes a shocking discovery. The undead, who desire nothing but flesh, ignore him. It’s as if he’s invisible to them.
The survivors of the old suburb of Lexington call a high school their home. They live day to day, without any of the luxuries mankind used to enjoy. Samantha is a product of the new world. Alone, cold, looking out only for herself. She and the other residents of Lexington feel their hope dwindling. They need change. They need someone who can face the corpses. They need someone who can live in a city of the dead.
They need Aaron.
Aaron has always been around the undead. The day he was born is the day they raised up. What was left of his family raised him away from the undead as much as they could. They taught him what it would take to survive, to read and write and all they could. Aaron learns one thing on his own and that is that the undead don't see him. It is like he is one of them. Samantha has never had anyone to she could depend on. Now living in a high school in Lexington with other survivors she doesn't help anyone for free and tries to stay to her self. After Aaron saves her she sees maybe there is someone she can depend on. She needs him and so do the survivors. The undead isn't the only worry out there as they soon see. Can Aaron save them or will he need saving him self.
I love books about zombies. I can't get enough of them and while most of the time you see the same old thing in them each great book has something that makes it stand out for me. This book is one of the great ones for me. Dead Living's great thing for me is the characters. I felt an immediate attachment to these characters and I wanted to know more and to see what would happen next. Even before Aaron comes into the story I liked his dad and the survivors from the day it all started. They kick the story off in a way that you connect with them. After Aaron comes along you get to see a boy start turning into a man. He really doesn't have a concept on other people. He just knows the undead because that is what he has known all his life. His ability allows him to be closer to them than anyone else ever has. He knows more about them than anyone. What he doesn't know is how to be around the living. He hasn't really been around them. When he does get around them all he wants to do is help and some of the time he doesn't get what people are really asking of him. I liked Aaron because he seemed like what maybe someone in this situation would actually act like. Samantha is the tough girl who doesn't want to let anyone get close to her. Everyone has always left her behind or tried to use her. It has made her a hard person. Even when she is afraid she still uses her head to try and survive no matter what she has to do. Aaron changes the way she thinks and while at times she hates that she still slowly begins to open up. These two together are wonderful. I cared about both of them and it only grew as I read. There is lots more people in this book that make it so good to read. Some you care about and some you want to feed to the undead yourself.
Other than the great characters another thing I liked about this story is the small stuff the author added to make it seem like what it would be like if this happened. The young people who are still alive don't really know the things we take for granted now. Television is something they have heard of but never seen. How people show their feelings is another thing in most don't know. They don't get some words we use now like what a crush is or why people would really care about how they look. Most also don't know how to read or write as who has had time to teach them when they are just trying to survive. It's the small things like this that make you realize the author has put some thought to the book and not just written another book about zombies. There is plenty of action know worries there. After all the undead are walking among people and you know there is the bad people who survive and care only for themselves. This is a book about survival and about how one boy's strange ability makes him the person that people need to survive even when they don't understand it. Zombie fans be sure to grab this book and read it. Not a zombie fan? That is fine as well because you still want to read this book it is truly more than another book about the undead.
5 out of 5 Bats~Pam
I live in Maryland with my wonderful wife and four cats. I love gaming, computer technology, movies, and of course, reading and writing. I love science fiction and especially horror and the paranormal. Ghosts, vampires, werewolves, zombies, anything supernatural, all beautiful subjects.
I’ve been writing since I was twelve years old. There’s just something about creating a story that I like. I always try come up with something that hasn’t been done, or is unique in some way. It could be someone with demonic powers, or something much more simple, such as a person that zombies ignore. It’s fun to create a character, give him or her a personality and background, and watch them evolve through a story.
I’ve tried other subjects, but always drift back to horror and paranormal. There’s a reason why we keep going back to horror movies and books, why they’ve made fifty Friday the 13th movies. People like to be scared, but more than that, I think paranormal and horror stir the imagination like nothing else. We’re all just a little nervous to open that closet door at midnight, or look under the bed.