Goodreads Blurb on what the book is about :
"Someone once said that all apocalypses are experienced locally. In the case of Cass Dollar, the nightmare occurred with the violent abduction of two-year-old Ruthie, which she vividly remembers. Only later is young Cass assaulted also by the vague, twisting memories of a much wider conflagration that she herself only narrowly survived. A government experiment had turned the entire California landscape into the hunting grounds of zombie Beaters, but Cass can only think of the helpless toddler she is missing. A deeply arresting paperback original."
I'm a big fan of dystopian/apocalypse/zombie books. Zombie books, though, like to stick to this very formulaic story line or basis. While it doesn't stop me from reading these books, it ends up being a little predictable. This book strayed from what we normally consider zombies to be, but in my opinion a refreshing way. I actually find these zombies slightly more disturbing, as they *SPOILER maybe ( its discussed pretty early in the book) retain this vague sense of humanity. It's really just sort of creepy, without being gory. The world that's described is sort of apocolyptic, with people in sort of camps and things, but it's early in the storyline of when zombies came to be.
Character development was adequate, You definitely can sympathize with cass, although some of her bad choices are sort of glossed over I think. She seems to acknowledge them, but not really in depth. Smoke is a little underdeveloped but That may change in teh second book that I have yet to read.
If I have anything negative to say is the explanations of what exactly happened. I'm not sure if it's intended to be sort of convoluted and vague, but even after reading the entire book, I'm not entirely clear on the order of things.
Other then it's a fantastic new look at possible zombies effects on the world! Go buy it and read it!