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Review by Pink Ray Gun

Dead Tropicsby Sue Edge, is a zombie novel for moms.

Lori is like most moms with hectic lives. She’s regularly dashing to keep up with the home and her kids, she drives everyone everywhere and, if she’s lucky, she might even make it to work on time. She’s a widow, so she does it mostly on her own, with some support from her brother and sister. Life is crazy and Lori doesn’t have much time to stop, think, and catch her breath, but it’s her life and, other than losing her husband, she wouldn’t change much about it…

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Book Review at Words I Write Crazy

“Dead Tropics is an excellent book, it’s got zombies, touching scenes, threat of death, and survival, Dead Tropics encases a great storyline, and characters! Lori’s had a lot of tough times, but she’s a strong leader, and if this was YA, I’d say that she was the opposite of a TSTL, because she takes charge, and she’s strong. Really loved that!…”

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Interview at Bricks of the Dead

Bricks of the Dead: Dead Tropics is clearly oriented towards a feminine audience – it did not prevent me from enjoying it though – do you think that post apocalyptic stories for women is a genre that is under represented?

Sue Edge: Oh, Dead Tropics is aimed at parents in general. Parents can relate to that constant feeling of fear for your kids’ safety. Setting the story in a zombie environment really allowed me to tap into that fear. How do you keep your kids safe when danger is present everywhere?

I think women are definitely under represented in the zombie genre, much more so than the broader PA genre. Until the last couple of years, they were pretty much non-existent! And that was frustrating because I think male writers don’t tend to write about things that I, as a woman, want to read about. I love the guns, the violence and gore but I also want to know the little details. How does the virus spread? What happens to the families and people who aren’t armed to the teeth?

Read the rest of the interview at Bricks of the Dead

 

Review of Dead Tropics by Persephone’s Winged Reviews

Another lovely review!

“BEST ZOMBIE BOOK that I have read so far. It is fantastic and it kept me intrigued the entire length of the novel. In terms of zombie books with a high level of action, it is going to hard for other zombie books to surpass this book…”

 

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Review at Good Choice Reading

Check out the review at Good Choice Reading!

“Does anything get better than a mother trying to save her children from killer zombies in a tropical rainforest? I mean, it’s like the perfect equation for gore and suspense!

Dead Tropics actually surprised me with how fast the story jumped into the action. But even though it moved quickly, I still had enough time to actually care about all of the characters – which is pretty rare.”

Night Owl Interview

Check out my interview at Night Owl books

“Kids, check. Snack, check. Bornean headhunter’s hatchet, check.”

Check out this great review of Dead Tropics at A Will To Act

Author Sue Edge recently shared a copy of her novel Dead Tropics with me, which, to my immense pleasure, proved to be a rather fantastic contribution to zombie literature. Delivered in a wonderfully natural voice, the story explores the trials and challenges of a determined mother in the midst of an undead outbreak…

Review of my novel at Peace, Love and Reviews

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Nice review of my book by book reviewer, Pat at Peace, Love and Reviews: “I believe this is also the first time I’ve read a zombie apocalypse from a female perspective. I was impressed…”

Review – Feed by Mira Grant

Feed by Mira Grant poses the question: what would our world be like, twenty or thirty years after a zombie virus had swept the world.  In the world she envisions, people hide within their compounds and use the internet to stay connected to the rest of the world.  Hmm, not so different to now!

The cautious, ambitious heroine, Georgia, is a journalist who is selected to cover the campaign of a presidential hopeful.  But someone does not want the campaign to succeed…

While the plot was interesting, it was the relationship between Georgia and her reckless brother, Shaun, that captivated me.  Adopted young by ambitious, media hungry parents, they have a you and me against the world relationship which is the heart of the story.  The concern and love they have for each other replaces the usual romantic storyline, and does so very effectively.

I also enjoyed the emphasis on the role blogs and the internet play in people’s lives.  It didn’t feel like much of a stretch to imagine a world that is totally dependent on the information they get from the internet.  Lives are already becoming insular; people are already forming large social internet groups with people they have never met.  I could totally imagine a world such as the one Grant has created.

Grant takes your standard zombie-overrun world and creates an intelligent, thoughtful story.

Overall, an enjoyable read.  Not your typical blood and guts zombie novel, however, so it might prove disappointing to those expecting that kind of novel.  Verdict: 7.5 out of 10.

Review – Never Let Me Go

 

A beautifully haunting novel, Never Let Me Go is set in a slightly different version of England in the 1990s, a version in which the world’s health system is based on the use of donors.  Kathy, the heroine, reminisces about her life growing up in the privately run home for donors, Hailsham, and the bonds she formed with the other donors.

The theme of donors seems to be an increasingly popular one at the moment but this one struck a particular chord with me.  I finished it with a strong sense of how fragile our hold on life and our precious relationships is.  We take so much for granted, including our right to our bodies and the right to decide the course of our lives.  The donors, on the other hand, know the purpose of their lives is to serve others through organ donations.  Their path of their lives are preordained.

At the heart of this book is Kathy’s relationships with her fellow donors, Ruth and Tommy. As they mature, their relationships become complicated, fraught with love and tension, so much said and unsaid.  It is this undercurrent of things unsaid throughout the book that gives it its poignancy, I think, as Kathy tries to make sense of the past.

Although my heart ached for the characters, I closed the book with a sense of satisfaction, albeit melancholic satisfaction.  Recommended reading for readers who enjoy the slow development of characters and relationships.  If your preference is for action, action, action, you had best steer clear.  Rating: 8 out of 10