Warning: If you have not read “White Trash Zombie Apocalypse” by Diana Rowland, do not read this review unless you’ve already read the book or don’t mind spoilers.
I’m back with another book review, and this time it’s “White Trash Zombie Apocalypse” by Diana Rowland! According to the author’s website, there will be at least six books in the series. This book I’m reviewing is the third one, so if you haven’t read the reviews of the first two books, I recommend you do so before reading this one. Here’s a summary so we know what it’s about:
“Our favorite white trash zombie, Angel Crawford, has enough problems of her own, what with dealing with her alcoholic, deadbeat dad, issues with her not-quite boyfriend, the zombie mafia, industrial espionage and evil corporations. Oh, and it’s raining, and won’t let up.
But things get even crazier when a zombie movie starts filming in town, and Angel begins to suspect that it’s not just the plot of the movie that’s rotten. Soon she’s fighting her way through mud, blood, bullets and intrigue, even as zombies, both real and fake, prowl the streets.
Angel’s been through more than her share of crap, but this time she’s in way over her head. She’ll need plenty of brainpower to fit all the pieces—and body parts—together in order to save herself, her town, and quite possibly the human race.”
There were definitely some new plotlines that started, as well as some older ones that ended during this book. For instance, Philip (the guy that Angel was forced to turn into a zombie last book) ended up getting a storyline of his own of sorts, trying to adjust to being a zombie as well as trying to figure out where his loyalties lay. An older plotline involving Ed ended by him moving out somewhere else so he can hide from the authorities he used to work for, as well as figure things out with himself. Though this is probably the best thing he could do for himself, given how it turned out he was hugely manipulated last book by said authorities, I really hope he comes back in later books and works more with Angel like he did last book, because it was really fun reading them both together.
On the plus side, it seems that Angel and Marcus’ relationship has smoothed out a bit and they actually try to talk things out a bit better! I’m glad for the two, and though we didn’t have many scenes of them both together as much as the last book, it was still interesting.
Another new plotline I liked was Angel studying for her GED. Though this was a much more minor one, it’s still important since this is a more personal one. It reveals that Angel has dyslexia, and had been diagnosed, but because she didn’t have the help she needed in the past she didn’t do so well in school. The GED is, in a way, her second chance, and it’s one she’s first doubtful about. However, she does decide to go for it later on in the book after encouragement from the others, and I hope she does get it by next book.
The plotline I enjoyed the best was definitely the one between Angel and her dad. Her dad is trying to improve on everything, and it seems that the relations between Angel and him are really looking up, which is nice to see.
Going away from plotlines and towards the characters themselves, the ones that still remained (Angel, Pietro, etc) didn’t get a huge amount of development individually except for Angel, though it was interesting to see the relationships between characters develop, most notably between Philip and Angel. Because she infected him, it’s like she suddenly has a ‘zombie son’ of sorts. I can read how awkward she feels about this, but she soon embraces this after Philip finally sticks with working with her.
The worldbuilding of zombies gets further fleshed out, and it all makes sense. The thing is, because the important details are hugely scattered throughout the book, you have to read carefully and not skip over the dialogue of the characters explaining everything. That got slightly annoying at times.
Overall, I would rate this 4.5 out of 5 stars for the new plotlines, further worldbuilding, but also for some lack of character development.