The best praise for a novel is when immediately upon finishing, the reader is googling to find out if there is a sequel. I did and there is – just published and will be read as soon as I can get a copy.
A few years ago I used to joke that you couldn’t swing a young adult novel without hitting a vampire. Vampires everywhere on those shelves designed to attract teen readers. Perhaps I am racist (are vampires a race???), but I don’t like vampires. I just can’t get into vampire romance, vampire angst, vampire anything. Now, zombies on the other hand – those I like: movies, books, documentaries, etc.
“Devil’s Wake” in many ways is the retelling of the same old zombie story – for some unknown reason, bang – zombies everywhere. This one, however, set with teens as main characters, feels different. It feels as realistic as a zombie outbreak can feel. The characters seem plausible, just the right amount of mayhem, and the Scooby Doo and gang feel to trying to find a place of safety. It was a comfortable read. I liked it all and finished it in one night. Was it as deep as “War and Peace”? Nope. But it was just what I needed to pass a night without a lot of effort.