Review: Plague Town

PLAGUE TOWN: AN ASHLEY PARKER NOVEL
DANA FREDSTI
Titan Books

Blurb: Ashley was just trying to get through a tough day when the world turned upside down. A terrifying virus appears, quickly becoming a pandemic that leaves its victims, not dead, but far worse. Attacked by zombies, Ashley discovers that she is a ‘Wild-Card’ — immune to the virus — and she is recruited to fight back and try to control the outbreak. It’s Buffy meets the Walking Dead in a rapid-fire zombie adventure!

Review: Chock full of fun and a really speedy read, Fredsti takes you from the mundane world of a sleepy college campus to zombie-chomping melee with blood and fluids spurting without losing your . Ashley Parker makes a winning heroine: she’s a bit older than her fellow students and while she’s got the classic California co-ed looks, it’s her intelligence and integrity that you’ll remember. Fredsti’s writing is always full of good humour and arch observations (see her MURDER FOR HIRE or RIPPING THE BODICE written as Inara LaVey), but it’s also chock full of action and really gruesome horror. The alternation in narrative between zombie hunters and zombie sufferers gives a chance to recognise the human price of the plague, something that doesn’t come across in a lot of more depersonalised tales of apocalypse. At times the in-jokes come a little heavy, yet the story cracks right along with both intense and grisly action, as well as complicated interactions between characters you will root for. Looking forward to the sequels to see how Ashley and the Wild Cards develop and survive.

-K. A. Laity

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