Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Zombie, Incorporated by Jill Elaine Hughes


Twilight. With zombies.

Eighteen-year-old Katie Allred is socially awkward and unpopular at school. The only child of parents who had her right out of high school, Katie is herself about to leave the nest, even though she hardly feels ready.

Katie’s new after-school job at the Zimble Box Corporation draws her into the complex social strata of high school cliques and backstabbing friends in ways she never imagined. Katie soon discovers there’s something very strange about the “in” crowd at school---and about her employer, too. Shortly after starting her new job, the Contagion breaks out, plunging her town and the entire nation into chaos as zombie shadow forces come out into the open, ravaging the streets. Katie goes into hiding and her parents disappear, along with almost everyone else she knows.

But Katie soon discovers she has special powers that help her survive. She’s a Beacon, someone with the innate ability to help zombies produce children. It’s a power her employer — and what little remains of the U.S. government — both want to exploit for their own ends. Not only that, it runs in her family---which has a secret past Katie never knew about until now.

Enter Agent Morehouse of the FBI Special Zombie Control Unit. A reformed zombie working undercover, he suppresses his urge to eat human flesh in order to serve and save humanity. But Agent Morehouse can’t help but be attracted to a Beacon like Katie, and she to him. Even as they fight zombies the world over, they must fight their intense attraction to each other, hoping to keep Katie from suffering Agent Morehouse’s terrible zombie fate.

Darra's Review:

I do have a soft spot for Zombie stories. And I did like this book. Katie is in High School and essentially an outcast with no friends and crappy parents. I mean really, her parents are awful despite she is not neglected. She does get this job that has odd people working there. I did laugh a little when describing the smell there(a little like a dead animal). Katie does need to be slapped by Captain Obvious. Call me paranoid but if a person smells like a zombie, looks a little like a zombie and eats brain rolls, I would peg them as a zombie.
Did I say I love Fred? It is funny that she does not understand what he means when giving her advice. She should read more fortune cookies to understand.
I like the book and will be reading the next book. The book was left to leave me a little aggravated I
have to wait for more!

For all my Zombie lovers, I give this book a 4.1. 
Sunny's Review:
I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed this book. I was a little nervous when it started out. Most of you know that I read to escape reality and really don't like reading depressing stories. This book definitely started out that way and honestly stayed that way...but luckily there was a zombie infestation to deal with so....couldn't really complain. Katie had an awful life. No friends and her parents couldn't wait for her to get out of the house after graduation. So Katie gets a job and suddenly nothing in her life really makes sense anymore. The hottest guy at school is interested in her at a party, the world goes crazy and she left to fend for herself during a zombie apocolypse. Her boss pays her a ton of money for basically doing nothing. Katie also meets an FBI agent that is (YAY!) blond hair blue eyed and a zombie (seriously? so close to having a good blond guy). He actually seems like a good guy but this book is a series so the author left me HANGING!!! I really hate/love I have to wait for the next book....

I think this book is a 4 out of 5 stars. I recommend you go get it. It is different and I think you will enjoy it.

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Jill Elaine Hughes is a professional journalist, playwright, memoirist, and fiction author. She has written for the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, Washington Post, Cat Fancy magazine, New Art Examiner, and numerous other media outlets. Her plays have been widely published and produced by theaters in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, Boston, Atlanta, San Francisco, the United Kingdom, and Australia. She is also the author of several New Adult fiction books. Ms. Hughes also writes erotic fiction under two pen names: Jamaica Layne and Jay E. Hughes.

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