Plague Town (Ashley Parker #1)
by Dana Fredsti
Published: 4/3/2012 by Titan
Ashley was just trying to get through a tough day when the world turned upside down.
A terrifying virus appears, quickly becoming a pandemic that leaves its victims, not dead, but far worse. Attacked by zombies, Ashley discovers that she is a ‘Wild-Card’ — immune to the virus — and she is recruited to fight back and try to control the outbreak.
It’s Buffy meets the Walking Dead in a rapid-fire zombie adventure!
As the world is infected with Walker’s flu (named after the first guy to have gotten it), everyone comes out in droves for their diagnosis and FLU SHOT.
Plague Town begins while everything is still normal and functioning in our society… Ashley goes to class (although she’s 10 years older than all the other students), gets coffee, and entertains us with back history throughout the first few chapters.
“I preferred my vamps like Christopher Lee or the cute Billy Idol clone in Buffy.”
“I’d give my hair a soccer mom cut before I’d cry in front of this jerk.” [the teacher of the "Pandemics in History" course she's taking]
I immediately loved Ashley’s snarky, sarcastic inner dialog and knew we were going to get along famously! Besides sharing the most awesome name EVER… We share the super fabulous ability to insert dry humor into every situation… It’s a gift.
I was drawn into Plague Town immediately by Dana Fredsti’s refusal to shy away from the blood and gore on page TWO. Shhhhyea… Definitely my sort of book!
One thing I absolutely LOVED was the tidbits from Maggie’s perspective! Maggie is Control Zombie Chick 1.. Or so I named her after her husband and son attempt to eat her in the beginning! Yes, this was the blood and guts I mentioned earlier!
“I so did not want to see zombie boobies.”
“This is so not how I wanted to die. I mean, zombie chow?
Fuck my life.“
About 50 pages into Plague Town, the story started to drag for me a little bit. Ashley survives the initial zombie attack to wake up in a facility in the college where they’re holding zombies, survivors, military and medical staff. She’s told she’s part of the .001% of the population that are called Wild Cards.
Wild Cards are people who get bitten by a zombie, but don’t turn into one. Now she’s been enlisted, along with five or so others, to save humanity from the zombie plague.
“Zero popularity points for being zombie retardant superheroes.”
And where I had been enthralled and completely entertained BEFORE this whole “immunity” business… This is where Ashley Parker lost Ashley the Zombie Queen. It’s fine that there are a handful of people who are immune to the zombie virus… but why would the zombie venom make them all super powerful? I just didn’t love it dude.
And the sex… Hmph. You guys know me. I’m down for the down and dirty… Even during the zombie apocalypse. BUT – I feel like it should be kept simple and hinted at! ZOMBIES and sex just irritate me… It’s just a grievance of mine in zombie books. *sigh*
All in all Plague Town is worth reading, it just wasn’t MY sort of zombie book. But I’m very particular about zombie books, and their heroines and heroes I suppose…