Ben Forman was just an ordinary guy, a young professional starting his first job and falling in love with his girlfriend. Living in the outskirts of a southern city, he didn’t think the zombie activity so common in the major cities would hit so close to home. But it was becoming clear that the mysterious infection reanimating the deceased was a growing epidemic across the country. The question was, would he stay alive or become the undead?
They say that you can not judge a book by its cover. Which is unfortunate in this case, because that is the best part of the book.
The premise is sound, and promising – Our sinful nature is like an undead Zombie which will devour us if we don’t learn to kill it.
The execution of the book is… terrible.
It is written as a parallel text; with each chapter of the fictional story being followed by a chapter of theology from the author about our sinful nature. I will deal with the questionable theological value elsewhere. For this review let us focus on the writing.
Jeff Kinley is clearly a speaker. I would guess he is probably a youth leader or used to preaching to the youth. This book sounds like a sermon, but does not read like a novel, or a theology textbook. The language and level of theology seems aimed at teens, yet the content is so bloodthirsty and some scenes so violent as to be almost pornographic. I would suggest a 16 age restriction for violence and adult themes.
The fiction is so insipid that I found myself not caring whether the main characters got eaten by Zombies or not, and the poor use of contractions and lack of concord between subjects and verbs made it jarring to my eyes when I read it. The entire story could have been told, better, in two chapters; rather than been dragged out to a full book length.
Would I recommend this book?
No, not really.
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