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When zombie books go wrong
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“Zombies” and “sex” are two words that sum up Nazarea Andrew’s book, “The World Without a Future.”

Boredom and disgust are two feelings a reader will experience when reading this pathetic zombie novel.

The book sounds promising at first based on its summary. It is set in an apocalyptic world infested with the undead. The main character, Nurrin, has her city taken over by a horde of “infects,” or zombies.

She, her boyfriend Dustin, her brother Collin, and his best friend Finn O’Malley escape their ravaged city. Nurrin must travel across deadly land to find a cure for Dustin after he is bitten by a zombie. She is accompanied by O’Malley, whom she hates.

This sounds intriguing, but deceives you greatly upon further reading.

In the book you will find descriptions to be poor, generic, and unoriginal, quickly boring the reader. The undead are described as if by a seven-year-old. The characters hardly have faces because their features are scarcely mentioned, and if they’re described, it’s once or twice every 10 chapters.

The characters’ features are not the only problem.

Their personalities do not reach out to the reader. The characters’ thoughts do not evoke any feeling, making it difficult to stay connected with the book in general. In a nutshell, Nurrin is a rebel, Finn is moody, Dustin is a showoff, and Collin is sensible. They remain static throughout the whole book, thus, there is no character development as well.

The character interaction is where the disgust sets in. A majority of the characters hate each other and can’t get along. A forced “romance” takes place between Nurrin and Finn. This “romance” leads to teasing sex moments and strip clubs. It’s in pretty racy detail, so for to hopeful zombie fans looking for gore, this book is not what you’re looking for.

Not only are there sex scenes but there is sexism as well. It is understandable that Finn and Collin want to keep Nurrin safe, but the author goes overboard making it sound more sexist than protective.

Nurrin can kick zombie rear with ease, but the men she is surrounded by refuse to let her fight in action scenes. They believe she is incapable without their help. What is worse is her looks are used to attract the attention of the people who will give her the cure. And to top it off, Finn sees her as walking sex.

The book is flawed in so many ways. Transitions between scenes are confusing and the action is mediocre.

The only positive of the book is the language content. There is definitely language, which stirs up the sleepy action. It catches the attention of the reader and shows the reality of certain situations. People would not be saying, “Oh snap, here comes a zombie.” They would react the way Nurrin or Finn would, with anger and fear spat out in crude language.

This book is no “Warm Bodies.” No undead, hopeless romantic. No lively teenage girl willing to love their foil character.

It’s also certainly no “World War Z.”

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