Meet Andy Warner, a recently deceased everyman and newly minted zombie. Resented by his parents, abandoned by his friends, and reviled by a society that no longer considers him human, Andy is having a bit of trouble adjusting to his new existence. But all that changes when he goes to an Undead Anonymous meeting and finds kindred souls in Rita, an impossibly sexy recent suicide with a taste for the formaldehyde in cosmetic products, and Jerry, a twenty-one-year-old car-crash victim with an exposed brain and a penchant for Renaissance pornography. When the group meets a rogue zombie who teaches them the joys of human flesh, things start to get messy, and Andy embarks on a journey of self-discovery that will take him from his casket to the SPCA to a media-driven class-action lawsuit on behalf of the rights of zombies everywhere.
It’s hard being a zombie. That’s all there is to it. You have to be the ward of someone willing to take charge of you. Zombies cannot vote or get jobs. Curfews must be adhered to always and it’s best to avoid the breathers whenever possible. Those are just a few of the annoying and unfair aspects of living as the undead.
S.G. Browne’s Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament is a fun read from a very different point of view…the zombie’s, specifically Andy. Over time and while attending his Undead Anonymous meetings Andy decides that it is unfair the way zombies are treated. They have rights, too. So he and some of his friends begin a quest to make some changes. Oh…and Andy falls in love with one of his group members Rita.
This is definitely not your typical zombie read. It is very entertaining, but a bit slow at times. The characters are quite hysterical when you stop to think about what they would look and sound like considering their means of death. I greatly enjoyed the dialogue between the various members of the group. It was witty and sarcastic yet, at times, very thoughtful. The setting is a normal everyday town and some of the various homes of our characters. As for the gore, there is definitely some violence and flesh eating, but as mentioned earlier, this is not your typical zombie novel, so even this role of the undead is played differently.
I am pleased to have Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament on my bookshelf and definitely suggest you add it to yours as well.
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Espresso rating: Triple