Sarah and David have survived the zombie apocalypse. They stood side by side and fought the undead, mad scientists, and even bionic monsters until the unthinkable happened. A zombie bite. But not even that could stop them. Now, with a possible cure in hand, they're headed east, looking for a safe zone behind the rumored "Wall." They're feeling pretty optimistic.
That is until Dave stops sleeping and starts lifting huge objects.
Eat. Slay. Love.
Because they haven't got a prayer.
First off, because I don't think we've mentioned it before, I adore the covers for this series. I love the pink silhouette of Sarah and David embracing...with their weapons still firmly in hand. It's sweet in a very post-zombie-apocalypse type way and rather simply conveys what the books are about; a couple sticking together even when that means hacking apart the undead.
***As always, spoilers ahead***
Eat Slay Love is my favorite of the Living with the Dead series. Although I adored the first two books, the tone seems to have changed in this latest installment. It's a bit darker, the implications are a bit heavier, and the scope seems to have gotten larger. What was once a story of two people against the zombie hoard is now two people partnering with others to save the world. I am 100% onboard to see what (and who) Sarah and David take on next.
Unlike Married and Flip, the objective isn't just get out of Seattle alive or get away from a mad scientist and his bionic creations (and, lest we forget, zombie guinea pigs). Sarah and David aren't just trolling around the badlands taking the odd zombie extermination job. David has had a close brush with death -- or undeath -- and that's changed them both. Their focus has moved from strictly internal (them as a couple) to external (them as a couple and what remains of the world). David and Sarah are in possession of a zombie cure and need to get it to the Midwest Wall (if the Midwest wall exists) and into the hands of those who can use it for good. Not an easy task considering distance, zombies, crazed cults, and a government who's more interested in covering up the apocalypse than trying to do anything about it.
Sarah and David are joined in their journey east by a stalkerazzi reporter who's not ready to put down her camera and a drug-addled rock star with amazing moments of clarity. And then there's the little matter of David's new abilities. Abilities that make him seem a little like a zombie himself...
This is a great, highly entertaining story. There are places that had me laughing out loud (garnering concerned looks from my husband), and places where the on-page tension got so high I was tempted to flip to the end of the chapter just to see what happens (I didn't). Told from Sarah's point of view, the story is likewise filtered through Sarah's sarcastic, no holds barred personality. This allows readers to see Sarah's fondness for pop culture references and her yearning for pre-apocalypse food. It also shows readers how very much she loves her husband, and just what she's willing to do to keep them alive and safe(ish) in a world that's far beyond her control. Petersen balances comedy and action perfectly, keeping me engaged and reading straight through to the end.
While I don't think it's necessary to read the first two books in the series to enjoy this one, I highly recommend doing so. Not only are they great stories in their own right, they set the scene for the events that play out in Eat Slay Love. I recommend adding these to the top of your TBR pile today.
Eat Slay Love will be available for purchase June 28, 2011.
A big thank you to Jesse Petersen for an advanced review copy of Eat Slay Love.
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