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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Love Zombies of San Diego by E.Z. Graves is a young adult zombie story that's a bit different. Josh is a zombie but he knows he's different from the grunting, mindless dead things he sees wandering all over the streets of San Diego. Josh doesn't breathe or have a heart that beats, but he does think, and brains are not his food of choice. He walks the streets, killing zombies with his trusty sword called Rockstar. Josh's concern that he might be the only one of his kind is dispelled when he see Tasha, who's obviously confused and talking to herself. Tasha's a bit doubtful of Josh's theory that they are both Love Zombies, born of zombies and capable of thought and speech. They team up with other teenage Love Zombies and hatch a plan to find the source of the 'Old School' Zombies and eradicate them.
Of course, I was intrigued by the title of E.Z. Graves' young adult horror story, Love Zombies of San Diego. Who wouldn't be? The story, however, exceeded my expectations. This is a literate horror/thriller that bashes greed, selfishness, agribusiness, and genetic modification, all achieved in a breezy and entertaining story. Sure, there's a lot of gore, brains, and hideous beings strutting their stuff, but you expected that in a zombie story, right? The difference between Love Zombies of San Diego and your typical Old School zombie story is that there's a great cast of characters. Include some philosophy and science thrown into the mix to get the picture why such an apocalyptic event might happen. The science neither talks down to the reader nor gets overly preachy. Love Zombies of San Diego is great fun and recommended for both young adult and adult readers.