About The Book:
- Zombie, Incorporated
- by Jill Elaine Hughes
- Category: Horror / Zombies
- Pages: 188
- Publisher: by Hackberry Books
- Expected Publication: March 25th 2013
- Rating: 3/5
Event organized by: Literati Author Services
Twilight. With zombies.
Eighteen-year-old Katie Allred is socially awkward and unpopular at school. The only child of parents who had her right out of high school, Katie is herself about to leave the nest, even though she hardly feels ready.
Katie’s new after-school job at the Zimble Box Corporation draws her into the complex social strata of high school cliques and backstabbing friends in ways she never imagined. Katie soon discovers there’s something very strange about the “in” crowd at school—and about her employer, too. Shortly after starting her new job, the Contagion breaks out, plunging her town and the entire nation into chaos as zombie shadow forces come out into the open, ravaging the streets. Katie goes into hiding and her parents disappear, along with almost everyone else she knows.
But Katie soon discovers she has special powers that help her survive. She’s a Beacon, someone with the innate ability to help zombies produce children. It’s a power her employer — and what little remains of the U.S. government — both want to exploit for their own ends. Not only that, it runs in her family—which has a secret past Katie never knew about until now.
Enter Agent Morehouse of the FBI Special Zombie Control Unit. A reformed zombie working undercover, he suppresses his urge to eat human flesh in order to serve and save humanity. But Agent Morehouse can’t help but be attracted to a Beacon like Katie, and she to him. Even as they fight zombies the world over, they must fight their intense attraction to each other, hoping to keep Katie from suffering Agent Morehouse’s terrible zombie fate.
Well… I’m a little confused! The book was good but there were things that just had me saying … “What?”
I got to the end and I had the same thoughts that I did at the beginning, I’m just not sure about what is going on. More questions than answers but in no way did I dislike the book. The plot was engaging, although thoroughly weird, but I was wondering and questioning the occurrences and the people that Katie meet.
Katie is an enigma as well. I didn’t really like her to begin with but about half way through I started coming around. She’s still not my all time favorite character, and boy does she do some things that are not necessarily out of character but tended to grate on my nerves. It’s not that she’s necessarily snarky, but there’s something about her that just hits me wrong. Fred however was awesome and I loved when he started talking to Katie.
The book is separated into three parts and there is a part about a Contagion. What is really confusing are the people that are just out and about. Katie always feels like something weird is going on, and seriously if I were her I would think so too, but never are there any REAL signs of specific zombies. Actually even during the contagion Katie doesn’t run into any zombies. And that’s the hard thing about rating this, going in thinking I’m reading about zombies and then reading a more paranormal book…
I would categorize this more as a paranormal or even a bit dystopian since it has some very dystopian stuff going on. That would explain the weird stuff that happens everywhere and the organization that Katie works for without giving anything away. Also, being a zombie lover I enjoy the zombies that are in people’s faces and tearing off their skin, there’s none of that here. Which didn’t make it a bad book, just very different. Still, it ended on a total cliffhanger and I am curious what is going to happen next.
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About The Author:
Jill Elaine Hughes is a professional journalist, playwright, memoirist, and fiction author. She has written for the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, Washington Post, Cat Fancy magazine, New Art Examiner, and numerous other media outlets. Her plays have been widely published and produced by theaters in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, Boston, Atlanta, San Francisco, the United Kingdom, and Australia. She is also the author of several New Adult fiction books. Ms. Hughes also writes erotic fiction under two pen names: Jamaica Layne and Jay E. Hughes.
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