The last thing Edward Schuett remembers is trying to defend his family as the zombie hordes descended on them. When he wakes up he finds his body dead and rotten yet healing quickly. Fifty years have passed and he's been a zombie that entire time, yet something has changed and he is coming back to something resembling life. His existence causes havoc among the rebuilt society of zombie holocaust survivors: some think he's an abomination and want to kill him while others think of him only as a scientific curiosity and want to dissect him.
Plagued by nightmares of what he did as a zombie, Edward must run from everyone including himself. Only one man can tell Edward what is happening to him, but first Edward must cross half the country and risk what little life he has been able to put back together.
In the bloody, grimly tragic, and sometimes funny, zombie adventure tale The Reanimation of Edward Schuett, narrated in a clear and captivating baritone by David Letwin, Edward Schuett dies trying to defend his family from the great zombie uprising and becomes a zombie himself.
Fifty years pass and slowly Edward begins to discover that, while still a zombie, he feels himself slowly turning more and more human again. Feeling unsafe from his own undead kind, Edward flees, looking for scientific and philosophical answers to his shifting sense of self.
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expands the zombie genre in a good way
yes, it was an interesting story and a fresh take on the whole zombie apocylapse theme.
usually, it's hard for me to tell whether or not i'll like a book based on the sample provided, but this time the sample really piqued my curiosity.
as the story opens, edward's consciousness is waking up and his body is painfully coming back to life. he doesn't know where he is, and he can't remember who he is. all he knows is that he's got to throw up and throw up badly! with something awful boiling in his stomach, edward manages to roll over just in time as he violently expels a maggot-strewn stream of chunky, red liquid all over the floor. after which, he aptly passes out. when edward wakes up again, a little bit more of his consciousness comes drifting back as he struggles to move his body and find out what the heck is going on with him and around him.
throughout the story, edward is on 2 journeys, one to find out "what" he is and another to find out "who" he is. both journeys are fascinating and fraught with danger. to find out what he is, edward must place his trust others who fear and loathe what he is- a thinking zombie. to find out who he is, edward must delve into his jumbled, "red" memories to remember who he is without losing himself.
i really liked the insight into how the zombies communicate. i won't spoil it b/c it's pretty interesting. my only caveat with the story is that the last part is too short. the story is divided into like 5 parts. i wish the last part leading up to the ending had been longer and more detailed. i think it deserved more attention b/c it is a pivotal part of edward's development. in my humble opinion, that would've moved the needle on the story from "pretty good" to "great."
overall, a pretty good story! if you're an avid zombie fan, this is a good addition to your zombie library. it definitely expands the scope of the genre. if you're new to the zombie genre, then this is definitely a perspective that you'll be interested in.
- Mike Naka