Brains: A Zombie Memoir
by Robin Becker
Cover Artist: CSA Images
Review by Gayle Surrette
Eos Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061974052
Date: 01 June 2010 List Price $13.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Do you think you know all there is to know about zombies? Are you prepared for the zombie apocalypse? What if it happened and you found yourself changed – a zombie but in still able to think and reason? What would you do? Could you control your urge to feed?
Brian Williams and his wife are listening to the news as the reports of the virus spreads throughout the land. Then they are attacked. They retreat to the cellar but not before Brian is bit. Later he awakes to find his wife gone and himself – changed. Being a professor he beings a journal, a memoir, chronicling his new life as a zombie. He then begins to look for other like himself – zombies who have retained some memory of what they once were and, even more important, bit of their human skills.
Brian moves through the land trying to find the creator of the virus, hoping that there is a cure. Meanwhile he gathers those he finds who when he looks into their eyes finds someone home. Together he and his crew move on to find a way to be changed back or to be accepted by those who have not be changed by the virus.
This memoir is Brian Williams' record of his life after the change. At time the narrative of what he does is truly horrific and at other times the story is so poignant. Think of being locked inside a rotting body with your mind intact but no way to communicate except by writing and in constant battle against the strong desire to feed.
Becker gives a totally new take on the standard zombie trope. The zombies are the same as they have always been in the standard works, with only the change that there now is one of them can think and write of what goes on in his head.
I was mesmerized from start to finish. The characters ring true and no matter how strange and fantastic the tale it deals with a what-if that can make us look at our world and our behaviors in a different way. Fiction often changes us in the reading and I don't think you can read Brains: A Zombie Memoir and not find yourself changed by the experience.