TITLE: And After Death
AUTHOR: Nero Seal
COVER ARTIST: Nero Seal
GENRE: Dark, Paranormal
LENGTH: 42 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 21, 2016
PRICE: $0.99 -e-book
The world has died in 2025. The armies of zombies are tracing streets in the urge to satisfy the blood thirst. The probably last survivor in the whole world enters the abandoned house where finds the diary. The diary that reveals the horrible story of love and death, the last kindness in the world.
This story may contain content that is disagreeable or distressing to some readers.
I had a really hard time writing this review, and I had an even harder time after reading the other reviews that are about it. So, I will try to articulate what I did and didn’t like about And After Death.
The book was beautifully written and edited and even though it’s only 42 pages, the author has a way of drawing you in and making you feel like you are there experiencing what’s happening with the characters. The beginning of the story has our main character (sorry, I don’t know his name, and I guess, it really doesn’t matter, since this book is told in first person point of view) the last remaining survivor of the zombie apocalypse, trying to find food, water, and shelter for the night. He finds an abandoned house that has potential and checks it for zombies. The house seems to be empty, and although it has some food, it doesn’t have any running water. He does see a well out in the middle of the backyard and braves it to get some water. While checking out the house, he finds a diary and decides to pass the time by reading it.
I absolutely loved the diary entries, and they were told in a way that you couldn’t identify whether the person writing the diary was a male or a female. And I have to admit that I thought the writer was female which I had no problem with because the love that you could feel between the two people in the diary is what everybody is looking for. They were soul mates, and I loved it. I felt their love, and their heartache and I cried at least three times reading it. I loved the writer’s last request to put their loved one out of his misery because the writer wasn’t able to kill his zombie husband.
I even liked the main character up until this part. But when he went to fulfill the last request because he was moved by the story also, I just couldn’t handle the way that he reacted. I am sorry but his reaction to finding out that the couple was gay ruined the book for me. It made me feel like the love that the two people had for each other was invalidated because they were gay. Because you know that if the couple had been straight, he would have honored the last request. If it had been a paperback, I would have torn out the pages and rewritten the book in my mind. The book could have had a beautiful ending to the story, and so I can’t figure out why the author went the route that he did unless he was just going for a shocked reaction. Well, he got it. But now I am not sure if I am even willing to try and read any more of his work for fear that they will affect me as strongly.
Like I said I loved the book up until the last 10%, but that last bit just killed me. I sincerely hope that the main character ends up getting eaten by a zombie gay pride parade. That would be a fitting end for such a bigoted man.
***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book***