I, Zombie by Hugh Howey


My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Read & reviewed in 2013
Currently listening to the audio version & will update if necessary.

Short Summary via Goodreads:

Warning: Not fit for human consumption

This book contains foul language and fouler descriptions of life as a zombie. It will offend most anyone, so proceed with caution or not at all. And be forewarned: This is not a zombie book. This is a different sort of tale. It is a story about the unfortunate, about those who did not get away. It is a human story at its rotten heart. It is the reason we can’t stop obsessing about these creatures, in whom we see all too much of ourselves.

My past review updated:

You thought The Walking Dead was gory… lol. Get ready for something much worse.

Hugh Howey never ceases to amaze me. I, Zombie was more than I expected. Back in 2012, I remember Hugh saying he wasn’t sure if he was going to write a zombie book or not, but I’m glad he did. I, Zombie is the reason I ended up falling in love with Hugh’s writing style. It hadn’t even been written yet, but the idea of it had me following Hugh intently, hoping. While I waited, I ended up falling in love with WOOL and Molly Fyde.

It’s disgusting, full of gore, and depressing, otherwise there wouldn’t be a WARNING in the summary. I can’t believe people rated it poorly because of the gore…come on, people! It’s a damn zombie book, which comes with a warning label! Really, what did you expect, a happy ending? There’s a lot of great, thought-provoking symbolism in this book, which was clearly lost on a few of Hugh’s readers.

There were times I had to stop reading this book just so I could calm my upset stomach, and I shouldn’t have read it at night, in the dark. I won’t even go into detail about the horrific zombie dreams I had, especially the ones where I was the zombie. The perspective of the zombie apocalypse from the fully aware characters, who are trapped in their own zombie bodies is what everyone was waiting for, and I’m glad Hugh was the one to finally write it because his version is perfect. There isn’t one thing I disliked. I, Zombie did what I hope every tragedy does to my heart and soul; leaves me completely devastated and steals all hope for a happy ending.

One of my all-time favorites by one of my all-time favorite authors.