Emma Shortt: Waking Up Dead

As I said the other day, give me anything post-apocalyptic, and I’ll start reading it immediately. 🙂 Or soon.

This one though is a post-apocalyptic romance. Yes, there are love stories happening while you fight against zombies. And quite good ones too.

It starts action-packed and very tense from the beginning and it doesn’t really lessen up. which makes sense if you can get killed by a zombie at basically any moment. There is no safe place in the life of Jackson. And it all comes accompanied by some gruesome graphic detail. It actually makes me smile thinking of those details.waking dead

I was a bit worried I wouldn’t get information on how the whole situation happened, but throughout the story there are reminiscences between Jackson and Luke (and sometimes for themselves) which slowly build the picture of what happened. It is rather reminiscent of how it happened in World War Z (the movie, I haven’t read the book yet).

I found it interesting how I could understand everything Jackson went through in her head. How what is normal in her life now would have cause immense amounts of therapy in previous life and how it normal is such a relative term depending on the circumstances. I must say I admire the person she became, because it shows she has a core of steel which would have probably never become obvious while the world was normal.

Anyway, after meeting Luke and falling for him, we follow their story of falling in love during a zombiepocalypse while searching for the last human bastion rumored to be in Texas.

At some point I started wondering at the rather obvious glaring plot hole. 🙂 Turns out I shouldn’t have worried and I’m not going to point it out now.

As I could completely understand Jackson’s position in life, I was a bit worried if Luke was going to finally decide he cannot stand it, or hopefully, man up  and understand and support her life and become her partner and not try and be her protector, because, let’s be honest, she’s better at that than he is. 😀

But, yes, their love is the one to overcome all hurdles.

And for the next book, it seems Luke’s blood might hold the key to human survival (my guess, it’s not spelled out in the story)…

Now only if the sequel might come soon…

You know your life has hit rock bottom when you’re living off cooked rats and showering once every few months—if you’re lucky. But for Jackson Hart things are about to get a whole lot worse. When her best friend, Tye, disappears hunting for food, kick-ass Jackson’s ‘head south to safety’ plan looks like it’s dead before it’s even begun. But then she meets ex-mechanic Luke Granger, who takes her to his bunker, feeds her with non-rat based food, and offers her protection against the zombie hordes—not that she needs it. She knows how to use a machete and isn’t afraid to.

Jackson was tempted to stay in the city with her rescuer. Food, shampoo and the possibility of finally getting laid, what more could she ask for? But the flesh eaters are getting smarter and the bunker is compromised, so Jackson and Luke have no choice but to make the journey south.
Luke and Jackson team up to find other humans in a road-trip romance for the ages. They travel for thousands of miles with zombies shadowing their every move. They must utilize every resource at their disposal…and then some. On the way, they discover that even if flesh eating zombies are knocking down their door, there’s always time for sex and even love. “

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