Eat, Brains, Love by Jeff Hart
Publication date: October 1st 2013
Number of pages: 352
Series: Sequel coming in 2014
Source: Digital copy received via Edelweiss. This is my honest opinion.
Date finished: 18th September 2013
Two teenage zombies search for brains, love, and answers in this surprisingly romantic and laugh-out-loud funny debut novel with guts.
Jake Stephens was always an average, fly-under-the-radar guy. The kind of guy who would never catch the attention of an insanely popular girl like Amanda Blake-or a psychic teenage government agent like Cass. But one day during lunch, Jake’s whole life changed. He and Amanda suddenly locked eyes across the cafeteria, and at the exact same instant, they turned into zombies and devoured half their senior class.
Now Jake definitely has Amanda’s attention-as well as Cass’s, since she’s been sent on a top-secret mission to hunt them down. As Jake and Amanda deal with the existential guilt of eating their best friends, Cass struggles with a growing psychic dilemma of her own-one that will lead the three of them on an epic journey across the country and make them question what it means to truly be alive. Or undead.
Eat, Brains, Love is a heartwarming and bloody blend of romance, deadpan humor, and suspense that fans of Isaac Marion’s Warm Bodies will devour. With its irresistibly dry and authentic teen voice, as well as a zombie apocalypse worthy of AMC’s The Walking Dead, this irreverent paperback original will leave readers dying for the sequel that’s coming in Summer 2014
Eat, Brains, Love offers a humorous and a little different take on zomebies.
I must admit, I was initially attracted to Eat, Brain, Love because I thought it was going to be a pardoy of Eat, Pray, Love. Never mind that it wasn’t, because I still enjoyed it anyway.
The story is narrated from the points of views of two different characters: Jake and Cass. I took to Jake way more than Cass. His point of view was a lot more interesting and there always seemed to be more action. Even by the end of the book, I still don’t really feel like I know Cass, there wasn’t much of a backstory.
It was good to see the world from the point of view of a zombie for a change. I have seen this done before and it seems to work really well. It was perfectly balanced character-wise because we also get a human (who already knew about the world and zombies prior to this book) point of view on things.
There were definitely some new cards zombie wise brought to the table. I liked the way that the zombies went through a stage during the beginning of the transforation while they still had some human qualities rather than straight to mindless.
One thing that I came across, however, was that there wasn’t much of a plot/storyline. That isn’t to say that there wasn’t a storyline – because there was – it just lacked a little.
I have to admit that another thing that drew me to Eat, Brains, Love was the cover. I think it is really clever and I love the similarities to Eat, Pray, Love. It really stands out.
This is probably a book for you if you love or even just like zombie books. It isn’t particularly gory, so most people would be ok with it. Eat, Brains, Love is a fun and humorous read that I would definitely suggest to those in need of an entertaining read.
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