In the second book in Jesse Petersen's Living With the Dead series, there is a glimmer of hope that they may be able to help save the world:
The Zombie Apocalypse has been really good for Sarah and David as it literally saved their marriage and they are now closer than ever. Not only is their relationship surviving this new world but they are prospering with a new business of Zombie extermination. Well as there are lots of Zombies out there, there are a lot of business opportunities for them to bargain for supplies and survival gear. However, normally Zombie extermination involves killing the Zombies but when a scientist asks them to bring him live zombies to test the cure that he has developed, things take on a whole new aspect of danger. Sarah is excited to have some hope that they could be part of saving the world, while David gets more of a Mad scientist feel from him. Can Sarah and David survive the Zombie extermination business as now they are looking for trouble instead of avoiding it.
Once again this book was a cute and funny read with zombie killing (I know those word do not normally go together) and some fun ides thrown in. Why not start a business of Zombie extermination when the world has gone to the zombies, seems like a smart business decision as you would never be out of business. I like that Peterson took this fun idea in this book, and it makes me think why more people haven't offered their services up this way in other zombie books. Seems like a smart way to barter for supplies and killing zombies seems to be the only skills that David and Sarah have in this new world. I also liked that Peterson introduced the concept of a cure for "zombieism" and with this the concept of hope, as in most of the zombie books I have read, hope is never really encountered in the form of a cure. Additionally, I enjoyed the concept ofbionic zombies, which are a different type of zombies that appear to have the ability to think and work in teams. This makes zombie busting a lot more dangerous as these zombies put up more of challenge.
I like that the zombie apocalypse is not able to save everything in Sarah and David's relationship. You really do start to see some of the cracks in their relationship as they challenge each others beliefs, so I guess the zombie apocalypse does not fix everything. We also get to see a big difference between the two when it comes to hope. Sarah really wants to think that life can go back to normal and will do anything to help make it happen, while David does not believe in hope, more just wants to take everything a day at a time and just focus on surviving. Still the banter between the two of them is always funny as the dry humour they have needed to develop.
This is a good addition to the series and I like the ideas that Peterson presented in this book. This series is for those who want a fun and easy read set in the zombie apocalypses but not skimping on the zombie killing. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
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