Melanie is a very special girl. Dr. Caldwell calls her “our little genius.”
Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.
Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children’s cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she’ll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn’t know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.
This was a weird book. But it was a good weird book.
It took me a while to get into this, and I thought about quitting in the beginning there. Come page 100 I was still waiting for myself to get invested. Well I stuck with it and not too many pages later I was finally hooked.
This had a very “The Walking Dead,” feel, and I loved that aspect about it. The creepiness part about all this though is Melanie herself. She’s a zombie kid – that’s not a spoiler – but she’s smart, a genius, and she’s reluctant to other people. That alone makes this story so unique and worth sticking past those slow first 100 pages.
Once Melanie and her strange group of compatriots are making their way across England the story takes on so many new elements. We’re seeing what society has broken down to, how this disease has affected the zombie people and environment as a whole, and we’re watching all of the people making these discoveries.
Overall, this was a dark and creepy tale but it was such a fresh take on the zombie narrative, well worth the read.