Review of Where the Dead Go to Die by Aaron Dries and Mark Allen Gunnells

December 12, 2016

Zombies are hot, feverish, from The Walking Dead to Z Nation; there is no shortage of zombie stories. Some are good, some are great and some are downright terrible. Then in walks Where the Dead Go to Die and I'm reminded that if done right, any horror subject can be revisited successfully.

Where the Dead Go to Die has a different take on the zombie genre, throwing the world into an outbreak already taking place.

Society accepted this crisis as it has with other major illnesses, and has created a way to humanely deal with the infected. Of course this creates new problems as the government is bashed by those who protest the ‘civilized’ way that the powers-that-be handle things.

Character development – for a few in the story – leaves me wanting to know more about them, their past, as the characters construct an indelible searing on the mind. The descriptive scenes and settings create cinema-like snapshots where you think you're watching a movie on a handheld device. The two writers are almost seamless, though I have an idea where the styles crisscross.

All in all the distinct personalities, the lesson learned by the main protagonist, Emily, and the surprise ending make for a pretty great read.

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