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!