Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament
by S.G. Browne
Published by Three Rivers Press
Meet Andy Warner, a recently deceased everyman and newly minted zombie. Resented by his parents, abandoned by his friends, and reviled by a society that no longer considers him human, Andy is having a bit of trouble adjusting to his new existence. But all that changes when he goes to an Undead Anonymous meeting and finds kindred souls in Rita, an impossibly sexy recent suicide with a taste for the formaldehyde in cosmetic products, and Jerry, a twenty-one-year-old car-crash victim with an exposed brain and a penchant for Renaissance pornography. When the group meets a rogue zombie who teaches them the joys of human flesh, things start to get messy, and Andy embarks on a journey of self-discovery that will take him from his casket to the SPCA to a media-driven class-action lawsuit on behalf of the rights of zombies everywhere.
A friend actually recommended this book a few years ago and it was amazing. I remembered how much fun I had reading it, so I picked it up again.
S.G Browne writes one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. Its dark comedy thats loaded with guilt, yet completely entertaining. If anyone understands the plights of the undead, its definitely S.G Browne. Breathers: A Zombies Lament is gory and delightful, if you’re comfortable with those two words being in the same sentence then this book is probably perfect for you.
Andy is just a typical neighborhood member of the undead, and he’s trying to cope. Of course, it isn’t easy when everyone in the neighborhood is throwing old food at him and trying to steal his limbs. All Andy wants is the same human rights he had when he was alive, but maybe blending in is the only way for him to be truly happy. That, and the sexy zombie Rita is definitely helping him cope.
This book was a quick, exciting read that offered a whole new twist on zombie novels without ruining all the things we still love most about zombies to begin with. It will honestly make you question your morals and maybe wonder why you feel so deeply for the zombies. Or maybe not. The undead are people too.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. I’ve really enjoyed the books I’ve read lately, and this one is no different! It deserves all five stars.