I received this book for free from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Little Dead Man by Jake Bible
Published by Permuted Press on July 15th, 2014
Genres: Horror, Post-Apocalyptic, Young Adult, zombies
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Garret Weir has just turned seventeen. For any normal teen this would be quite the milestone. But for Garret it’s even more amazing he’s made it to this age, because in Garret’s life the human population of the Earth is gone, changed and turned into flesh hungry zombies, or “necs”, as he calls them. In the world he was born into, except for his parents that have kept him safe in a small compound hidden in the mountains of southern Oregon, Garret has never known another living soul. However, he is not the only seventeen year old in the family. Just the only one living. For Garret is alive and breathing and his twin, Garth, is undead, has been since birth, leaving him the size of an infant and attached to Garret’s spine. And he won’t leave his brother in peace.
Set decades after the zombie apocalypse, Little Dead Man tells the story of conjoined twins Garret and Garth Weir. A fast-paced, high-action tale that doesn’t pull any punches as Garret, with Garth always attached, must struggle with a mother that is mentally unstable, a missing father that has kept too many secrets and the fact that the world he had always been told was completely dead, actually has well-developed human survivor pockets. And not all of those are friendly. Not even close.
To be honest I was super hesitant to take this on as a review book. The blurb had me worried that it wouldn’t be something that I wouldn’t enjoy. Well, I did enjoy it. I enjoyed the shit out of it. I found myself wanting to read this book. Over talking to friends, my own writing, other books that I have to read, this was the first thing I went to when I got off work, and every spare moment I had after that.
How do you even go about reviewing something as fantastically amazing as Little Dead Man?
I don’t even know what to say. I was completely blown away by how good this book is. I thought for sure it would be a campy sort of funny take on the zombie apocalypse. What I got was funny, but it was also probably one of the best zombie books I have ever read. In my entire life!
The story follows Garret Weir and his nec/zombie infant brother Garth as they learn that the world is not what they thought. At all. Garret has been extremely sheltered his entire life, it’s actually surprising how his parents managed to keep a boy sheltered during the Z-poc, but they sure did. The book opens showing us the life that Garret has lived in his 17 years. That life shortly turns to shit. Which I was super pumped about because the action as Garret and his family flee their former home is fantastic. Zombies abound, there are tons of zombies in this book, which surprisingly some zombie books lack even when the main characters are fleeing.
Jake Bible’s writing is awesome. I don’t think I need to qualify it other than that but I will. It’s descriptive, and funny, and gross, and engaging and just fantastic. Good writing only gets you so far, as far as being, but Jake has that something that hooked me into this book, and kept me there. With so much pulling my attention these days I was so happy. I haven’t fallen into a book like this in a while.
Seriously this book is disgusting, funny, action packed, dramatic, all while keeping it pretty PG if I may add.
Garret and Garth are absolutely the shining stars of this book. Their dynamic as brothers despite the whole zombie issue is so fun!
Little Dead Man seems to be a book of what ifs? As your reading along it feels like your suddenly slammed with conflict after conflict, but they all make total sense. It’s just one fun ride from page one to the last page. I really need to know what happens after the final page. So I am hoping and wishing that Jake Bible will write a sequel!!