Author: Lee Herrmann
Genre: YA Horror / Dystopian
Pages: 180 pages
Publication Date: August 2014
ISBN Number: 978-0-620615-92-1
South Africa has been infected. The army and police failed. Government fell. And now the dead roam the streets.
Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse is a post-apocalyptic story set in South Africa, 2 years after a mysterious outbreak has ravaged the country. No one seems to know how it started, but the reality is that most of the rainbow nation is mindless, walking zombies and it’s survive or be eaten.
After their supplies run out, 16 year old Kon, his brother and father leave their Pretoria home and embark on a journey for a new home. They Come across Kat and Dirk, two fellow survivors on a mission to reach Robben Island, a reputed safe haven. Together they embark on an epic journey across the country. Along the way they befriend other survivors, and face an unrecognizable new world filled with new, unpredictable dangers.
Oh, and there’s lots and lots of zombies.
Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse is a coming of age story in a very different South Africa, and chronicles one family’s fight for survival against the walking dead.
I’m a fan of zombies, and the Walking Dead kind of zombie in particular, which means no meaningless hack and slash, but a story with characters you actually care about, and focused more on their survival than on anything else, but also with interesting character dynamics running in the background.
Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse provides just that. The focus is on Kon and his family as they embark on a journey to a new home. They find a few fellow survivors who join their group as they travel across the country, fleeing from the zombie horde. In this new world, with danger lurking around the corner, they learn more about themselves than they ever thouht possible.
Heavily character driven, and set in South Africa, this is an unique and entertaining books, and I’d highly recommend it to all zombie fans.