Each Monday will bring a different horror… to help you cope with the horror that is Monday with the horrors that are in the fantasy world.
Horror for today: Zombies!
Trace Monroe doesn’t believe in luck. He never has. But when a fiery-headed cowgirl saunters through the saloon doors, wielding shotguns and a know-how for killing the living dead, he believes he just may be the luckiest man alive. Trace wants to join “Red’s” posse, but she prefers to work alone—less messy that way.
In order to become her traveling companion, Trace has to agree to her terms: no names, no questions, and if he gets bit, he can’t beg for mercy when she severs his brain stem. He agrees, knowing only that Red is the sharpest shooter he’s ever encountered. The fact she’s stunning hasn’t escaped his attention either.
What he doesn’t know, is that Red has a very good reason to be on top of her game. She not only has the answer for how they can all outlive the plague taking over the wild, wild west, she is the answer.
I have read Angela Scott’s books before and loved them, this was no different. Her books tend to have a layer of psychology and a real human element that other authors strive for. Even in this, a zombie book, it is more about the people than the zombies that they are running from. And zombies are not the only horror in this world.
Although the main character, Red, is extremely strong and very sarcastic, I can tell that she has just been hardened by this cruel world that she has found herself. She is willing to shoot and ask questions later because that is how you have to survive in this world. It’s fitting but it does take a bit of a toll when she meets Trace. She’s so hardened and so distrusting that she is putting everyone at a distance, and although I cannot blame her I still want for her to have these human moments. I mean otherwise why live? Isn’t acting like a zombie synonymous with pretty much being a zombie?
But, just as I was about to give up on her some things come out and the plot thickens, quite a bit! There are more characters introduced, more drama, more zombies, and more craziness! And although this ends on a cliff hanger I really liked where it ended. It was like a chapter of Red’s life closed and she’s ready for the next, no matter how terrifying.
The one downside is the timing. I could not place how much time had passed, nor could I understand what ages the characters were. I also listened on Audible and although the narrator was very good I think it took away from the story a bit. By the thick Southern accent it was hard to place ages. Easy to place sarcasm though!
Horror Meter: 2.5/5
There are zombies but there is not a lot of what I would call mainstream horror.
Zombies eating people… there is blood and lots of it!
Shock Factor: 3/5
There are some shocks! More about the people rather than the zombies.
Again with the people. There is no crying with zombies damn it! Emotions ran high with this one making it even more horrific when something unforeseen happened.
For the most part, I write contemporary Young Adult novels. However, through a writing exercise that spiraled out of control, I found myself writing about zombies terrorizing the Wild Wild West—and loving it. My zombies don’t sparkle, and they definitely don’t cuddle. At least, I wouldn’t suggest it.
I live on the benches of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains with two lovely children, one teenager, and a very patient husband. I graduated from Utah State University with a B.A. degree in English, not because of my love for the written word, but because it was the only major that didn’t require math. I can’t spell, and grammar is my arch nemesis. But they gave me the degree, and there are no take backs.
As a child, I never sucked on a pacifier; I chewed on a pencil. I’ve been writing that long. It has only been the past few years that I’ve pursued it professionally, forged relationships with other like-minded individuals, and determined to make a career out of it.