Let me start by saying I loved Allison Hewitt is Trapped, and I’m annoyed that I now have yet another series where I have to patiently wait for the next book to come out. (I am not a patient woman.) For anyone who didn’t read the awesome Allison Hewitt is Trapped, it’s written in blog form as the title character deals with the arrival of the undead. It’s a fresh take on zombies (which I cannot currently get enough of, so expect a lot more zombie book reviews in the future) and Sadie Walker Is Stranded continues that fresh take, though without the blog format.
Sadie Walker lives in a fortified Seattle, with her nephew Shane and boyfriend Carl. But things go wrong for her when Carl tries to kill her in order to kidnap Shane. Kidnappings happen frequently in this new world, where if you have the resources, you can hire someone to snatch a kid to replace your own. Right from the start, we see how messed up humanity has become just a few months into this zombie infested world, and it’s not a pretty sight.
As she recovers from the betrayal, part of the wall around Seattle is brought down and the undead enter the city. Sadie, along with her drug dealing friend Andrea, manages to get her nephew back and hops on a boat out of Seattle.
Where they discover there are zombies in the water.
The characters in the book are pushed to the edge, as they try to connect and disconnect with each other, coming again and again to the conclusion that they can’t trust each other before realising, well, they need to trust each other to survive. Roux heightens the tension brilliantly where it’s needed, and you can really feel the fear of these people. Sadie’s voice is as unique as Allison’s in the first book, though sometimes her actions and words do grate a little. And the story of Allison is hinted at here, as well as what her actions (and her blog) may mean to people further on in the apocalypse.
Through Sadie, we meet a cast of characters, all different and individual, all struggling with similar issues and yet, at the essence, fighting their own internal struggles, too. And there’s more than just the zombies to compete with. The characters have to deal with their own mortality against the constant swarm of zombies. They have to work out how to survive again, without the structure offered to them in the months following the rise of the undead.
Zombies? Check. Little bit of romance? Check. Fights, bickering, unknown enemies? Check, check and check. Roux draws you back into the world of these characters, and honestly, I can’t wait to see what she does with the third.