Zombie, Ohio, by Scott Kenemore

I’m not gonna lie — if this book had been Zombie, Iowa or Zombie, Florida, or Zombie, Texas or whatever, I would have been about 1 percent as likely to pick it up. I mean, I like zombies and all, but they’re getting a little overdone these days. But combine them with Ohio, my home state for almost 25 years? And make the story told from the point of view of a zombie? I am so in.

So, yes. This book opens with a guy wandering around amnesia-full after a car accident. He finds his wallet and driver’s license, finds his way home, and discovers that there are zombies — I’m sorry, “moving cadavers” in government-speak — wandering around. He is understandably confused and worried, and gets a friend to drive him over to his girlfriend’s house to hole up and wait out the storm or whatever, but during all this excitement he takes a bathroom break only to find that the back of his head is kind of missing. Better keep that hat on!

At first, the dude, Peter, is like, “Well, I’d better hide this zombie thing,” but then he realizes he totally can’t and so runs off to be a zombie in the woods of Ohio. He has “fun” zombie adventures — eats some brains, kills some people, kills some zombies, becomes a legendary zombie by shooting at military helicopters and flipping soldiers the bird… you know. Normal stuff.

It’s actually a lot more intriguing than I was anticipating it to be. Peter is pretty self-aware, and being an amnesiac gets a lot of digs in at general human behavior. And also he’s pretty much the smartest zombie around, with the others being more like “regular” zombies, so there’s a lot of protecting of the zombie herd going on that is kind of sweet. On the downside, there’s a bit of a plot line revolving around the fact that Peter’s car accident was not so accidental, and although the resolution is interesting, the whole thing could have been edited out and I wouldn’t notice a lack in the rest of the story.

On the whole, then, I’d say this book does what it says it’s gonna do, and does it pretty okay.

Recommendation: For those who want a different perspective on the zombie novel craze, and people who have always wondered what Knox County, Ohio would look like zombified.

Rating: 7/10
(A to Z Challenge)

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