Deadbreak by Jorge Sánchez
Reviewed by Sarah Deeming
Three years after the start of the zombie apocalypse, known as Deadbreak, Jeremiah Reid is nearing the end of his hunt of his daughter, Penny. But between him and his destination are hoards of zombies and pockets of civilisation both hostile and friendly. Armed with only his wit and his dog, Joe, will Jeremiah ever find his daughter again or is he already too late?
I love zombie stories, not because of the zombies themselves, but because of the opportunities they provide to explore human nature. When faced with an enemy that cannot be stopped by regular means, how do people handle the situation? What reasons do people hold on to, so they don’t give up? How do people continue to function when the world stops making sense?
Written in the first person, we are given Jeremiah’s reason for continuing in the face of uncaring cruelty by other humans and the ever-present threat of death by zombie, his little girl who was with his in-laws when Deadbreak happened. Jeremiah’s personality leaps off the page with wisecracks which keep him distant from other people and so protects him from the emotional trauma of what is happening around him. I could have done with a little less wisecracking and a little more emotional impact, it’s a long book, but when Jeremiah does start letting people in, it is very satisfying.
As I have already said, this is a long book, but it doesn’t feel long because it is fast-paced and full of action. There is barely a moment of stillness because being still comes with risks of attack either from other humans or zombies. Anyone who enjoys action or zombie stories is bound to enjoy Deadbreak.