Eat Slay Love by Jesse Petersen

Eat Slay Love (Living with the Dead, Book 3)

Zombies are the monster of the moment.  From Mira Grant’s Newsflesh trilogy to the cable television series The Walking Dead, it seems that America can’t get enough of the shambling corpses.  And of course, many of these stories center around the fact that humanity did something to provoke the dead to rise.  What about finding a cure?  Jesse Petersen’s latest volume in the Living with the Dead series focuses on a couple of characters helping a cure come into being.

Dave and Sarah have not only survived the zombie apocalypse and learned to live and thrive in the aftermath, but they also used the experience to bolster their sagging marriage.  And they have just emerged from the worst trial they could imagine: Dave was infected with the zombie virus but was miraculously saved by a newly developed cure.

Unfortunately, the cure was created by a mad scientist who was in the same predicament as them—trapped on the western side of the great Wall that keeps zombies out of the uncorrupted eastern half of the nation.  Now Dave and Sarah embark on a quest to get the cure across the wall and into the hands of someone who can use it for the greater good.  But they also have to deal with Dave’s newly discovered abilities that look suspiciously like zombie traits…

I continue to enjoy this series, and the author continues to deliver a plot that doesn’t lag, but continues to advance and break new ground.  Rather than just wandering around and having one-off adventures, Petersen gives readers a plot arc to follow, ensuring interest from book to book.  But I also like that this arc isn’t artificially drawn out.  As far as Dave and Sarah are concerned, the portion of the plot involving the cure is mostly over, and I’m eager to see what the author does next.

These books are always quick reads for me.  I’ve finished each of the books in a single day.  The plot moves briskly, and the action is clearly realized without any extra verbiage.  These are small books in comparison to others that make our bookshelves groan with strain nowadays, but the lean and mean format works well for this tale.

One thing I’d like to see more of is the main characters encountering people who are kind, or helpful, or at the very least not out for themselves.  It seems that just about every secondary character has an ulterior motive.  In this novel, the couple does run into a group who are working for the common good, but they aren’t in the story long, and I wish they had been.  The rash of characters that are mean or evil or just selfish is pretty wide, and one scenario from the first novel is repeated in this one.

But that’s a small complaint in an otherwise enjoyable and eminently readable tale.  Dave and Sarah aren’t perfect, and some of their issues carry over throughout the novels, giving them great believability.  The zombie apocalypse may force warring spouses to work together, but it certainly doesn’t solve all their problems overnight, or even over the course of a few months!  The little conflicts keep them real and keep readers engaged.

These slim volumes pack a lot of punch in a small number of pages.  Eat Slay Love is a tasty zombie treat that readers can either devour quickly or savor at their leisure.  Petersen doesn’t need a thick stack of pages to tell a tale with tons of bang for your buck.

Also by this author: Flip This Zombie, Married with Zombies

This review appeared on Owlcat Mountain on June 20, 2011.

Series: Living with the Dead
ISBN: 9780316102926
Publisher: Orbit
Page Count: 288
Publication Date: June 28, 2011
Acquired: Provided by the publisher as an e-ARC from NetGalley
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