Life After the Undead ★☆☆☆☆

Life-After-the-Undead-CoverI mean the title is spot on… it is literally about life after the undead.

Seventeen-year-old Krista must quickly figure out how she’s going to survive in the zombie-destroyed world. The one advantage humans have is that the zombies hate humid environments, so they’re migrating west to escape its deteriorating effects. The survivors plan to construct a wall at North Platte to keep the undead out, and Krista has come to Nebraska to start a new life. Zombies aren’t the only creatures she has to be cautious of–the other survivors have a dark side. Krista must fight not only to live but also to defend everything she holds dear–her country, her freedom, and ultimately, those she loves. Join Krista in her quest to survive in this thrilling apocalyptic novel by Pembroke Sinclair.


I just wasn’t interested really. It’s zombie fiction… but the zombies aren’t as in the foreground as I’d like them to be–they are but they aren’t. It’s weird. The market is saturated with zombie fiction, especially with the success of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but Life After the Undead left me wanting more braaaaiiiins.

The writing wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. It’s hard to really pin that down. I feel like it was dull and dry.

There are creepy points, like Liet, who is related to Krista but wants more and that’s just super awkward. I don’t want to read that. Ever.

It’s going to sound weird but it was too slice-of-life for me. A weird declaration given that it’s about recovering from the zombie outbreak. But–well–meh.

By J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.

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