Eat Brains Love: Review
Jake was never anyone special. He always flew under the radar, getting average grades and lived an average life. No one really paid much attention to him until the day he and Amanda, one of the most popular girls in school, started chowing down on their school mates in the cafeteria.
Now, Jake and Amanda are on the run from the military and other government officials, and Cass, a teen psychic, is helping the authorities track them. It’s tough being a teen zombie, but what’s even more tough is developing a crush on the psychic girl trying to help bring you down.
Y’all know how much I love my zombies. I love them so much that I tend to be very hesitant with new “takes” on zombiism. These books tend to be very hit or miss with me. I’m happy to say that, despite it’s veering way off course of the standard zombie book, I really enjoyed Eat, Brains, Love. A lot of that love is because of the snarky voice of Jake (more on him later). I also enjoyed it because we got dual perspectives. We hear from both Jake and Cass — “villain” and “good girl”, so we’re able to see both sides of the story. It gives you a complete view of the world, this form of zombie (it’s kind of like being a werewolf — you just turn — no virus, bite, etc) and blurs the lines between who is good and who is bad.
The only (very minor) thing that bothered me was the “love connection” Cass developed for Jake. It just seemed a little implausible, but that’s just my practical self talking. I mean, come on, it’s a book about zombies — walking, talking, thinking ones no less — and psychics. Still, it nagged at me.
The characters were great and I loved how the author captured both of the narrators voices. Jake is hilarious and though he is (by basic standards) the bad guy — I mean, come on, he eats people — you can’t help but root for him. He’s nerdy, quirky, hilarious and I was immediately on his side.
Amanda was just okay for me. Of the three main people involved, she was probably my least favorite, but she did add a good dynamic.
I was really captivated by Cass. She was the most complex of the characters. She works for a secret branch of the military that tracks zombies. She’s clairvoyant, and she can track a person simply by grasping something they owned or had contact with. She also has the ability to make people forget things — or see things differently. This is especially convenient for the military because they can cover up the zombie attacks with her help.
Though it’s different from most zombie books, this one was still a lot of fun for me. I loved the voice and the story. It’s definitely worth checking out.
Two teenage zombies search for brains, love, and answers in this surprisingly romantic and laugh-out-loud funny debut novel with guts.
Jake Stephens was always an average, fly-under-the-radar guy. The kind of guy who would never catch the attention of an insanely popular girl like Amanda Blake-or a psychic teenage government agent like Cass. But one day during lunch, Jake’s whole life changed. He and Amanda suddenly locked eyes across the cafeteria, and at the exact same instant, they turned into zombies and devoured half their senior class.
Now Jake definitely has Amanda’s attention-as well as Cass’s, since she’s been sent on a top-secret mission to hunt them down. As Jake and Amanda deal with the existential guilt of eating their best friends, Cass struggles with a growing psychic dilemma of her own-one that will lead the three of them on an epic journey across the country and make them question what it means to truly be alive. Or undead.
Eat, Brains, Love is a heartwarming and bloody blend of romance, deadpan humor, and suspense that fans of Isaac Marion’s Warm Bodies will devour. With its irresistibly dry and authentic teen voice, as well as a zombie apocalypse worthy of AMC’s The Walking Dead, this irreverent paperback original will leave readers dying for the sequel that’s coming in Summer 2014