By: Lilt Literary
Hulking shadows emerge out of the chaotic flurries of the blizzard. Something is dying, and so they come, like vultures.
After months of struggling south to escape the zombie-infested remains of New York, a snowstorm traps 23-year old artist, Emily, and her son in an abandoned gas station. Starving and desperate, they encounter Aaron, an Army medic on a mission of his own, who offers them a ride to ease the journey.
The road is a long and dangerous place to travel, and every day brings a new threat. But fear and adrenaline also drive the two closer together; they find laughter and a budding attraction that starts to thaw at their numb and deadened feelings. And that’s when the pain really starts to hit, when places long thought lost prickle back to life. Eventually, they will have to fight not just for survival, but for a future together, or their broken world will swallow them whole.
Warnings: Contains language some might find offensive, some gore and situations of a sexual nature.
I wasn’t sure what to anticipate after reading After Life Lessons, but it certainly didn’t include what I finished reading today. Please let me explain:
This book is very post-Apocalyptic slash zombies, and the commencement is on a cold last leg of winter storm. Originally the main characters were Emily and her toddler-age son, Song. They were trudging through this storm on an abandoned road trying to find shelter. Later on these two are found by a ex-military paramedic, Aaron, who falls in love with Emily and the story starts being about this couple and the inner demons their both fighting. Aaron has some serious baggage even Emily couldn’t combat with. Seriously, it sounds like it would be mushy and lovey dovey, it is, but it has zombies in it! Which makes the story sound all the more exciting. Although I was somewhat put-off by the language (P.S. NOT acceptable for kids/teens) the story transitioned from very serious situation to the constant tos and fros of the characters of “eff” this, “eff” that, and “eff” yous – I just wasn’t expecting the language, you get used to it after a while lol
This is a very interesting read, I was happy that the author took the time to contact me even if the genre was a little out of my general league, and I would recommend this book to anybody who’s into zombies and love stories… not zombie-love stories.. that’s just gross and I just had a mental image that I need to go douse my brain with kerosene.