Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Writer's View: Married with Zombies by Jesse Peterson


From Goodreads: A heartwarming tale of terror in the middle of the zombie apocalypse.

Meet Sarah and David.

Once upon a time they met and fell in love. But now they're on the verge of divorce and going to couples' counseling. On a routine trip to their counselor, they notice a few odd things - the lack of cars on the highway, the missing security guard, and the fact that their counselor, Dr. Kelly, is ripping out her previous client's throat.

Meet the Zombies.

Now, Sarah and David are fighting for survival in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. But, just because there are zombies, doesn't mean your other problems go away. If the zombies don't eat their brains, they might just kill each other.

The Writer's View:

I've been on a zombie kick lately. How come no one ever told me how fun zombies books are? I mean, I've loved vampires, werewolves, faeires, elves, etc., for my whole life. You'd think zombies would have been on that list, but until 6 months ago they weren't. Now I can't get enough of them. So when I came across this book on sale at Audible, I jumped at it. I'm so glad I did. Married with Zombies is a very cute, fun, and fast read.

After being married for five years, Sarah and David's marriage is on the rocks. They've been in couples counseling for 6 months, and it's not going well. Both have started to research divorce lawyers. Things don't look good for this couple.

Cue zombie apocalypse.

Suddenly, the couple that can barely stand one another is desperately fighting for their lives -- and for their love.

I really enjoyed David and Sarah's relationship. It was very realistic, filled with anger, annoyance, love, understanding -- the whole gamut of emotions. Anyone who's been in a long-term relationship knows that relationships are like gardens. If you don't take care of them -- weed, fertilize, prune, etc -- they go to hell. I could totally relate to David and Sarah as they struggled to grow, change, and accept one another in their marriage.

Despite the relationship / romance aspectof this book, there is no lack of adventure and action. There are tons of zombies to kill, fight, and evade, not to mention the human adversaries they come up against. Sarah and David do it together, all the while rediscovering their love and putting the many suggestions of their therapist to work.*Sigh.* Now THIS is romance, in my opinion. There is a scene where they practice "scream therapy" -- it's a total hoot! And of course I love the healthy balance of romance and plot.

Parody at its finest - couples counseling with zombies

Seriously guys, this book is funny and clever. At the beginning of each chapter is a couples counseling suggestion twisted to incorporate zombie survival. Each chapter then applies the suggestion as David and Sarah fight to survive the zombie apocalypse while simultaneously fighting to save their marriage. I thought this technique was so cute and clever. Here are some examples from the early chapters:

- Balance the workload in your relationship. No one person should be responsible for killing all the zombies.

- The couple that slays together...

This technique is pretty specific to this book and its plot, but I thought it was cool enough that it deserved some attention. I've never been very good at writing humor. I can pull off a serious parody, but not likely a funny one. Hats off to Peterson for a fun, humorous, and smart book!

12 comments:

  1. "The Couple that Slays Together"... That's funny, lol. Interesting way to use a zombie apocalypse as a metaphor for a marriage on the rocks. Zombies can be used for so many things, same as all the other paranormal creatures, as metaphors for issues we face in real life.

    The best part is that you can kill them without mercy.

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    1. @ Cathy -- you're right, seems like there's a lot of metaphors going around in zombie books these days! It IS nice to have brainless bad guys that you can wallop without remorse, isn't it? :)

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  2. The lure of the zombie is much stronger than vampires/werewolves because unlike the latter zombies can't think and reason. So there doesn't have to be any remorse about killing them. They are just driven by the need to feed and killig them is almost about mercy.

    I could never write humor either. I can throw in a joke here and there but not full humor. I always have great respect for authors who can do that. This is def an example of how romance should be done. Interwoven into a face paced plot instead of something that just takes over the story.

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    1. @ Lan - I love the concept of killing without remorse! LOL. Go zombies!

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  3. I've always meant to read this series. I didn't realize that it was so funny. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. @ Andrea - it's definitely worth checking out!

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  4. I'm not a huge zombie fan myself, but I must admit this one sounds hilarious. I'll have to give it a try.

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    1. @ Jenny - hope you get a chance to check this one out! It's great!

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  5. Ha! This sounds awesome! I've never really read parodies before but this one definitely has my name on it!

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    1. @ Giselle - this is definitely one great zombie book!

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  6. Hm. I'm not much of a zombie fan as I really dislike how they're described, but this sounds like a fun read.

    Thanks for stopping by
    @ Livin' Life Through Books

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    1. @ Felicia -- I can totally see why you don't like zombies -- they ARE gross! :) Not sure what that says about me...!

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