Dying to Live by Kim Paffenroth

Posted on: March 5, 2010

Zombie novels are a dime a dozen as of late. You can’t swing a dead cat around in a bookstore without a zombie book jumping up to eat the cat’s brain. As with any other subgenre, many of the books are average at best and there are a few standouts. Dying to Live is one of the latter.

Jonah Caine was at sea when the zombie infestation began. His search for his family upon arriving back to the mainland eventually brings him to a small community of survivors who have holed up in a museum. A former soldier provides them with protection while they are led by a philosopher who is determining the rules for this new society. This book is rather different from most zombie stories in that the zombies are almost secondary to the plot. Rather, the focus is on building a cohesive community from the remnants of the past while never forgetting how the world has changed.

Intelligently written with a fair amount of action and gore as well as delving into deeper issues, I’d highly recommend this book. It isn’t just your normal zombie gore fest. It is a gore fest that includes a deep examination of good versus evil in the human condition. Thought provoking and entertaining.

I recently learned this edition of the book is going out of print at the end of March. It may become available again in a different edition at some point in the near future. If you’d rather pick it up now instead of waiting for months on end, you can get it here.

Further, the author just posted a contest for those who purchase the book this month.

1 thought on “Dying to Live by Kim Paffenroth

  1. I completely agree with this review, Zombie Books are a dime a dozen nowadays and many of them are subpar but this one is the exception. If your into ZOmbies or horror this is the book to pick up.

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