Review: Eat, Brains, Love by Jeff Hart
Genre: Horror, Zombies, Young Adult, Comedy
Publisher: Harper Teen
Expected Publication: October 1, 2013
Two teenage zombies search for brains, love, and answers in this surprisingly romantic and laugh-out-loud funny debut novel with guts.
Jake Stephens was always an average, fly-under-the-radar guy. The kind of guy who would never catch the attention of an insanely popular girl like Amanda Blake-or a psychic teenage government agent like Cass. But one day during lunch, Jake's whole life changed. He and Amanda suddenly locked eyes across the cafeteria, and at the exact same instant, they turned into zombies and devoured half their senior class.
Now Jake definitely has Amanda's attention-as well as Cass's, since she's been sent on a top-secret mission to hunt them down. As Jake and Amanda deal with the existential guilt of eating their best friends, Cass struggles with a growing psychic dilemma of her own-one that will lead the three of them on an epic journey across the country and make them question what it means to truly be alive. Or undead.
ReviewEat, Brains, Love mainly revolves around three characters Jake, Amanda and Cass. Cassandra is a teenage psychic who works for the Government hunting Zombies. After slaughtering dozens of their classmates Jake and Amanda are her prime directive. Jake and Amanda are zombies on the run. After killing and consuming dozens of their classmates they must leave behind the only life they've ever known and eat their way across America in the hopes they make it to Iowa where a cure is rumored to exist.
Eat, Brains, Love is one of those books that could of gone either way for me while reading it. While I love Zombies books I haven't had much success with those that try and break the mold and try to show the softer side of being Undead. However, I admit I was pleasantly surprised by how this book turned out. Not only did Eat, Brains, Love pull off the Horror aspects I expect from a proper Zombie book but it also injected a good dose of humor into the characters and their Undead situation that made the whole book just a ball of fun to read!
I really liked the character Jake. Minus the stoner aspect I could totally picture Jake looking and acting like Duncan from Total Drama Island. I also liked Amanda surprisingly. Sure she was self centered and had an ego bigger than the state of Texas but she was also sweet, caring and full of surprises. However, the ending definitely has me feeling a little leery of her so we shall see what happens with her in the next book. Lastly, we have Cass. I admit I had a hard time figuring her out at first. It's not that she was a bad character it's just she didn't reveal much of her personality in those beginning chapters. I definitely found myself liking her character more slowly than Amanda or Jake but by the end of the book I was a fan.
One of the best things things about Eat, Brains, Love was the world building. The whole tone of the story is set in a few short pages. We know that Zombies are real and the Government wants that knowledge covered up. We also gain a decent amount of back story regarding Jake and Amanda in their pre-zombie lives. The only character I would've liked maybe a bit more on is Cass. I'm hoping her Psychic background will be revealed more in the next book as I felt that I was left with a few unanswered questions by the end of this one. Also as far as writing goes I really liked this Authors style. I have no real complaints.
Now I did have just a few very small gripes about the story that kept me from rating Eat, Brains, Love a full 5 Stars. First off I didn't really like Cass's change of heart towards the end of the book. Cass really seemed to love her job and have a sense of purpose doing it. I didn't feel like she'd willingly give that up so easily stressed out as she was or not. Secondly, I really wish that we had seen Jake and Amanda run into more Zombies along the way. Sure the pair run into some in their travels but I expected more. Lastly, although I liked the ending it was sort of a letdown. The cliffhanger wasn't all that shocking or surprising. Plus I felt bad for Tom, I really didn't want Cass to leave him behind like she did although I could see it was coming a mile away.
Overall, I really enjoyed Eat, Brains, Love. The story, the humor and the writing were all great. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that this story will be a series but am happy as I now know more story is certainly left to tell. I definitely recommend picking this one up when it releases. If you were a fan of Warm Bodies you certainly don't want to miss this one! With that being said, I'll be rating Eat, Brains, Love by Jeff Hart ★★★★.
*Copy provided by Edelweiss. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any which way for providing them.
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