***** I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review *****
SYNOPSIS: A man and a woman meet in a post-apocalyptic world and share their views on the world before going their separate ways.
I don’t typically read zombie stories because that type of subject doesn’t really interest me, but this book is more of a character study than a zombie story. However, that didn’t stop me from getting bored on occasion. The two things that this book has going for it is that it is extremely well written and it is also short, so you don’t get too bored with the premise before it is over. Milam really knows how to paint a picture with words and it moved along at a nice pace. Other than that its your generic zombie story where you don’t trust each other and need to do whatever it takes to survive. Although the characters are interesting, they are the type of people that you would expect to see in any sort of zombie related media. I would have liked to see some more twists and turns away from your typical zombie apocalypse story because I honestly felt like this story has been told so many times before. You have your gruff, manly man who thinks the only way to survive is kill or be killed and your wise, prepared lady who realizes that the world isn’t all that different and makes philosophical statements that the manly man has to disagree with all the time (their existential arguments got pretty old after a while). I also found it hard to believe that the man was the only person who didn’t know about the hobo symbols that other people that are still alive leave for each other. I mean if they zombie apocalypse has been going on for a long time, surely he would’ve come across them by now, right? It also got a little confusing when the man and woman ran into a young man and a girl. Milam doesn’t give any of the characters names, so we just get he, she, young man (who sometimes is he which is what got confusing), and girl. Like I said, I’m not a huge zombie fan, but I’m sure that people who like this genre would enjoy reading this novella.