Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Double Dead by Chuck Wendig Review

Well, I reviewed a book about zombies and a book about vampires. Why not both? Chuck Wendig is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. He has a unique writing style and has a knack for creating incredibly original stories. Seriously check out his collection of short stories called Irregular Creatures. Amazing stories for an incredibly cheap price. Anyway, the first time I read Wendig was when I read a book of his that had an amazing plot. About a vampire trying to survive in a zombie apocalypse...Why didn't I think of that?

Double Dead centers on a vampire named Coburn who wakes up in a theater to a world of the living dead. He soon discovers a group of survivors where brave and innocent Kayla stands up to Coburn and offers him a proposition. You protect us in exchange for blood. There's not a lot of people left in the world and Coburn takes the deal.

From then they go on an adventure that genuinely surprised me. Cannibals, religous zealots, and armed clown settlements. If you have ever wondered what would happen if a zombie bit a vampire, here's your chance to find out. The product is so horrifying that it might actually scare you. Basically Coburn and his sheep(as he so lovingly refers to them) travel down route 66 with cannibals ahead of them and the hunters(the vampire zombie hybrids) hunting them.

Wendig works with the apocalyptic setting perfectly. Painting a picture of undead America and all the insane groups of survivors they come across. The character of Coburn is a great protagonist. He starts off as an unlikable asshole, but by the end you end up loving him. . As with most of the characters. Especially Kayla and her father Gil .There is some great exploration of Coburn's back story which I didn't expect either. Double Dead also has one of the best endings I've read recently. I literally can't think of a better way to conclude that story.

Overall Double Dead is a great genre-bender with an epic feel, very likable characters, a great anti-hero, terrific story, and a perfect ending.

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