The Loving Dead is a new kind of zombie book. Kate and Michael work at Trader Joe in the Bay Area of California and are roommates in a house with a couple of other twenty-somethings. Kate is leaving her belly-dancing class when her instructor is accosted and bitten by a man on the street. Thus begins the zombie apocalypse, and this is a wild ride. The zombification can be spread through sex, kissing, or biting – and spread it does. Don’t want to disappoint you, but there isn’t any zombie sex in the book if that’s what you’re looking for. OK, there is a little lesbian zombie sex at a couple of spots in the book, but that quickly goes south if you know what I mean.
Kate has a relationship with a married man and while they are out enjoying the evening, all hell breaks loose in her house as people begin turning. A zeppelin airship ride turns into a zombie-filled nightmare as people begin turning while the ship is floating at three-thousand feet, and Kate and her boyfriend are saved by hiding in the bathroom, but it turns out that they aren’t alone – a lesbian couple is in there with them and hence begins one of the lesbian sex scenes.
The roommates and some of the folks from Trader Joe try to make it to Alcatraz Island, assuming that the island may be the only safe haven left in the Bay Area. It turns out that they aren’t the only ones with that idea, and the book deals with issues ranging from running to rape to realism that you would expect to happen when the world has gone to hell. The book’s ending is also real – coping with the aftermath of the apocalypse as people move on with their lives – and undead.
The book is quite different from any other zombie books out there, mostly because of the depth of the characters and the modern feel to their lives – normal people just working to make a living and trying to survive in a normal world, and now having to deal with the zombie apocalypse. This is a great read: sexy, scary, surprising. I thoroughly enjoyed it and if you are a zombie fan this is a must-read. Beamer‘s writing is fantastic; this is her debut book and I’m looking forward to reading more of her work. Check out her post on Tor‘s blog titled “Dead Sexy” – the first sentence is Why do people want to fuck the dead?