Review: The Reanimation of Edward Schuett
I was given an ARC PDF of The Reanimation of Edward Schuett by Derek J. Goodman in exchange for an honest review.
The Reanimation of Edward Schuett finds the world fifty years removed from a zombie uprising which claimed 3/4 of the world’s population. The coasts of the United States have recovered but the rest have yet to fully remove the zombie problem and are dealing with it as a somewhat natural part of existence. Edward Schuett wakes up one day in a Walmart having no recollection of the last fifty years, his last memory being of the day the zombies attacked, and has an unfortunate realization, he’s one of them. Unlike the rest of the zombies that remain Edward is able to think and speak at the level of a normal human, and even crazier, he’s actually healing. As Edward hunts for any knowledge of what happened to his family, and to himself, he finds that most people he comes across either want to study him or worse, kill him. When Edward meets some unlikely allies is there any chance they can help him find a way to help others to heal like he is? Can he survive all of those who would have him killed?
I read The Reanimation of Edward Schuett during the Dewey 24 Hour Read-A-Thon. The start of the book dragged a bit with Edward not thinking at 100% efficiency and trying to figure out what the heck is going on with him. However, once he runs into the first humans in the book things take off very quickly. Without spoiling the book I will say that the government is involved, not that this is a surprise, we have “hicks” who don’t even care about the details of the zombie uprising and some irritating scientists who view Edward as nothing more than something to experiment on and study. The characters are diverse and vibrant, and though Edward certainly isn’t the brightest bulb when it comes to main characters his personality is one that will grow on you as you read.
The setting isn’t the stereotypical barren wasteland across the board that you might envision if a zombie uprising caused the world to lose 3/4 of its population. The coasts have rebuilt and there are some areas there that were even more developed and advanced then their real modern day counterparts. You do have settlements in the middle of the United States that are barely more than basic houses with a wall around it to protect the people within from the zombies that still roam around the area. The government seems to have taken care of the coasts quite well but if you live in the center it is all on you to protect yourself and those you care about. The Reanimation of Edward Schuett doesn’t dwell on depictions of how the world looks, but that doesn’t detract from the story, instead it allows for your imagination to run a bit wild which is so important when reading a book concerning zombies and the like.
There is plenty of action and zombie craziness in The Reanimation of Edward Schuett. Whether you are looking for human on human violence or good old-fashioned zombie vs human battles you won’t be disappointed! There are getaway scenes, small armies going at each other, and more than one good punch to the dome, including some thrown by some very unexpected sources. I also really enjoyed seeing how the zombies interacted with one another and the diversity of the types of them and how the humans dealt with each new group.
This was a relatively quick read for me and I did enjoy the experience throughout. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good zombie tale, especially those who are looking for a different perspective on how it could play out. I won’t go as far as to say it is a must read, but when it is released (expected to late this month) I definitely think you should go and get yourself a copy! Oh, and read it at night, that always makes it more fun! ^.^
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