Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Review - Love in an Undead Age by A.M. Geever

Love in an Undead Age by A.M. Geever
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: August 1, 2019
Date Read: July 31, 2019
Length: 458 pages
Source: Author
★★★☆☆
Surviving the zombie apocalypse was hard but saving the human race might be fatal.

Ten years after the zombie apocalypse a good man is still hard to find... just ask Miranda Tucci. Most are ill-equipped to breach Miranda's emotional defenses, and even in San Jose, California, the most technologically advanced outpost of civilization left on the planet, there's no app for mending a broken heart. But when Connor MacGuire turns up at nearby Santa Clara University, even Miranda begins to wonder if she has finally found someone she can trust.

The Jesuit priests who lead the community at Santa Clara University are the only counter-balance to the ruthless City Council that rules Silicon Valley. They have hatched a scheme to break the monopoly on a vaccine for the zombie virus that the Council and its powerful ally, Mario Santorello, control.

As the Jesuits' plan approaches a critical stage and Miranda is recruited to join their mission, the ghosts of her past collide with the present, plunging her into territory both strange and familiar. Will corruption continue to spread and the vaccine be used for political advantage, or can Miranda survive long enough to usher in a new age of civilization? It's only the fate of humanity that’s suddenly resting on her shoulders. If she can bring her love life back from the dead, how tough can saving the world be?

LOVE IN AN UNDEAD AGE is a post-apocalyptic romance wrapped inside an adventure that explores universal themes: love and loss, betrayal and redemption. What choices do we make in order to survive, what do they cost us, and are they worth it in the end? Are some breaches of trust too damaging to forgive, or can the healing power of love truly conquer all?
My Review

I liked this book.  If you have been following my reviews, you might have noticed that I have been of a zombie kick lately so this book really did appeal to me.  There were some things that I really liked about the story and a few things that I could have done without.  It was an overall enjoyable read with enough action to really keep the pages turning for me.  I am glad that I took a chance and decided to read this one.

My favorite parts of the book were the scenes involving zombies.  There were some parts that had a lot of action and the descriptions were so well done that I had no trouble visualizing some pretty complex scenes.  I had a pretty hard time setting the book down during any of these scenes.  I also thought that the two settlements featured in the book were well done.  They were both pretty unique living situations.  I could completely imagine a city like the one at the start of this book becoming real if the world was put into an apocalypse situation.  The second group was scary from the start largely because it felt like it could happen.

I knew going into this book that romance would come into play.  I like romance and think that it often works well in this genre.  I hate to say that the romantic aspect of this story didn't really work for me.  I didn't really feel any chemistry between the characters and some parts of the story that just got bogged down with relationship drama.  I am not a big fan of love triangles and I think that the romance in this story would have worked so much better if the focus could have stayed on two people.  The fact that one party in the love triangle is married to someone else just didn't sit well with me either.

I thought that the world-building was well done in this book.   I especially enjoyed all of the parts of this world that were a little different than other zombie books.  I thought that the group's mission was worthwhile and liked learning a bit about the origin of the outbreak.  The characters were also well done.  The group was just the right size with a nice variety of personalities.

I would recommend this book to zombie fans and think that many might enjoy it a bit more than I did.  I did think that the relationship drama calmed down by the end of the book and wouldn't hesitate to give the next book in the series a try.

I received an advanced review copy of this book from the author.
About the Author

A.M. Geever lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, birthplace of the modern zombie genre. She credits her love of all things zombie to her older brothers, whose influence in books, music, and film continues to this day, although her tolerance for puns and movies that are "so bad they're good" is a whole lot lower than theirs. The idea of becoming a zombie because her car runs out of gas gets her to the gas station when she would rather not bother, and she thinks she has a good chance of surviving the Zombie Apocalypse if she can make it the eighth of a mile to Mueller's house--otherwise she's probably toast. Love in an Undead Age is her first novel.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

13 comments:

  1. Actually I wasn't too interested in this one until reading your review. Now I'm curious to check it out. Maybe I'll slate it for October!

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  2. The Undead made me think it was about vampires! I have read almost NO zombie books, watched no Zombie tv. I am sure I will get there but I'm not tempted right now and while I took less review books for July - August, I took a ton for September and they are coming up fast. I'm glad you liked it.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

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  3. It's been a long time that I haven't read a zombie book

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  4. I've never been a zombie fan so this really doesn't appeal to me. Plus I like romance in my books and if the romance isn't done well then I don't think I'd like this one.

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  5. i feel them reaching out to me, telling me to give it a try, like your review did. :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  6. This sounds pretty good! I like that it's set 10 years after the zombie apoc, so we get to see how some settlements have evolved. That sounds interesting, and also the bit about the origins of the outbreak, since we never seem to get the cause of zombie outbreaks haha- they just sorta happen! Glad this was mostly good!

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  7. That it takes place ten years after the apocalypse began intrigues me. Hopefully, the romance won't be so focused on that I don't enjoy this one.

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  8. I've been neglecting my zombies a bit this year but plan to read quite a few over the coming months!

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  9. love will always survive! hope she finds happiness

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  10. Too bad the romance didn't work with this one, but it still sounds like a good one. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  11. It sounded good until you said love triangle and bad chemistry :( Those are no-go's for me - usually

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  12. Yes you have been going zombie crazy lately :D Fun

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  13. I love how much you read zombie books! But yeah, sometimes in actiony or books like this the romance just doesn't fit in well or isn't written as well as the rest of the book! I am sorry it didn't quite blend well for you and hopefully in your next zombie read it'll be a better one...

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