I hate zombies! They’re my worst monsters! But I do love zombie movies. They’re entertaining and, as horrific as zombies are, quite fun.
So, let’s talk about our book, Remedium by Angela Bauman. It is actually the first zombie book I have ever read and in all honesty, I didn’t know what to expect. I was happy to find it as fun and entertaining as any zombie movie but without too much focus on what unsettles me about zombies, the creepy sounds they make and the way they look.
One warning though, if you are sensitive to death, the action does start in a school. This did move me quite a bit as there were some young children affected by the zombies and young children dying or getting hurt is always hard for me, but this is a zombie story so don’t expect it to be death free. In fact, don’t take anyone for granted as I was shocked by a few of the deaths and for one, in particular, I was quite sad when it happened.
The story moves between viewpoints and different locations, with each chapter alternating between the two groups of people. I like this kind of storytelling as you get a wider variety on what is happening and each chapter leaves you with a small hanger until you get back to a chapter that focuses on that group again.
I also enjoyed the build-up to how the whole crisis began and how some of the characters dealt with it, as ‘What would you do in a zombie apocalypse?’ is a question I get asked quite regularly actually. Probably because people know how much I hate zombies. So I do like seeing how people react in these stories, and in this story, there are one or two things I would probably try to do myself and one or two things I definitely wouldn’t!
So, if you are interested in a fun, fast-paced action story that isn’t too graphic considering it’s a zombie story, then I think you should check out Remedium and follow Liam and his friends as they try to survive a zombie apocalypse.