Undying by Valerie Grosjean

Posted February 13, 2014 in Blog Tour, Book Review / 4 Comments

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 16 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug use, alcohol use, language, and/or violence.
Undying by Valerie GrosjeanUndying by Valerie Grosjean
Published by Create Space on October 9th 2013
Genres: Horror, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 199
Format: eARC
Source: ARC from publisher
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three-stars

This is a story of love . . . and zombies.
When eighteen-year-old college freshman Christian discovers his dormitory is crawling with the living dead, he knows he has a problem. But once he learns the whole country is overrun by the flesh-eating horde, he must race to protect what matters to him most.
Sixteen-year-old Iris, the girl he loves, is stranded eighty miles away, alone and completely unaware of the gruesome threat surrounding her.
Christian’s plan is to evade the zombies, drive the distance to rescue Iris, and get them both to his family farm—where there are guns, fuel, and everything else they’ll need to survive. His mission seems simple: Get the girl, get to the farm, and stay alive.
Things get complicated when Christian is forced to make an unthinkable choice between Iris and his family. Someone he loves must die, and he must decide.

main points

Writing Style
The writing is simple and straightforward. There is a lot of action, not as much description (thankfully for me). But that also most likely contributed to the length of the book.
Content
The synopsis is pretty accurate. It’s all about decisions. Decisions, decisions. Anyway, yeah, this book is basically the ultimate zombie story. Zombies running around eating people? Check. Trying to escape zombies? Check. Being bitten by zombies? Check. They are almost typical zombies, but the how is where it gets interesting- they aren’t technically undead. They can still die. They are just people infected with a virus (that spread through the water supply). It changes you- but you can still come back from it. So they aren’t like zombies in that way. And that’s probably what I found the most interesting in the book.
The love story was all right. I honestly thought Iris was a little cold during the whole thing, and I don’t believe she ever really loved Christian. I mean, it was a little hard to develop, with all the zombies, but maybe there will be more in the sequel…and she’s young, too! That’s another interesting element. Christian is a few years older than Iris. I’m surprised it worked out how it did…..but I’m not sure if it even worked out at all. We’ll see. It ended rather abruptly.
I did like the zombie element though. The main thing seemed to be avoiding the zombies, not getting bitten, and not killing anyone (zombie or not, because Christian still thought of them as people and there was indeed a cure). It was pretty much how you’d imagine a zombie apocalypse.
Characters
Christian: He was a strange mix between caring too much and heartless. He was almost willing to risk people’s lives in order to possibly rescue his parents and Iris, and more than ready to turn Josh (his frenemy’s younger brother) out on his own because he was infected. It was the right thing to do (more or less) but he didn’t handle it very sensitively. Also, he was way more focused on Iris and his family than I think he should have been about his friends. He didn’t really express a lot of regret or sympathy.
Iris: Like I said before, she was a bit cold towards the end. I understand what they were going through and so I can’t blame her that much, but I still didn’t like her.
Reno: He seemed kind of out of it. But I liked him.
Ending
Definitely left room for a sequel. It cut off kind of abruptly, without any real resolution, but a possibility of one. I would read the sequel just for closure (and a chance of developing romance, and possibly more zombies). But the whole story was a little on the short side.

Good vs. Bad

Good:

  • Plot
  • zombie concept
  • ending
Less than perfect:
  • It’s a little short
  • romance

Bottom Line

This is an interesting take on the whole zombie apocalypse theme, without straying too far from expectations. Though the characters and romance are a little lacking, the idea is intriguing. Will I read the rest of the series? Yes. Would I recommend this book to others? Most likely, if they are into this genre. And zombies.

About Valerie Grosjean

Valerie Grosjean is the author of the young adult novel UNDYING. She grew up on a Nebraska farm. After college, she married and moved to Northern California, where she lives with her husband and their two young children. Her obsession with zombie movies inspired UNDYING, her first novel and the beginning of the Undying series.

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4 Comments on "Undying by Valerie Grosjean"

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Giselle
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Great review this sounds like a fun read. It seems very character oriented which is how I like my zombie novels!It also sounds pretty realistic! Glad you liked it, Alicia!

Jane Blogger
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Alicia! I need you to blog…. :(

Alicia the Awesome
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I’ll be back on the fifteenth (: sorry for my hiatus, there’s been a lot going on in my life :0

Feli @The Four Eyed Cat Reviews
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Hi Alicia, I just want to tell you that you’re nominated on my Sunshine Blog Award! feel free to check it out if you want to :) http://thefoureyedcat.blogspot.com/2014/04/sunshine-blog-award-1.html

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