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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
"The end of the world began with a rotten banana." In The Fruit Of Thy Womb by Lori R. Lopez, the world is getting hotter, people are starving, nations feud over the limited sources of water, and plagues are on the rise. Disgruntled Ziggy Boyle never expected that his life would literally change because of mutated fruit flies. Now Earth has another problem; zombies. Unable to contain his cannibalistic hunger, Ziggy unwillingly infected and created more zombies. The man isn't totally mindless though－his yearning to find his birth mother is still strong despite the horde of animated corpses that won't stop chasing him. Meanwhile, a homeless woman named Adele lingers in the park, hoping to see her lost son again. Will their wishes be fulfilled?
Mutated, bigger fruit flies with teeth that have a taste for human flesh? These bugs seem to be the crucial cause of the zombie apocalypse but readers will learn that humans themselves are the root of the problem. Lopez's The Fruit Of Thy Womb is an odd and creepy story substantially laced with a poignant tale of a mother and son. There are no glory moments for the unfortunate humans but I would like to think that protagonists Ziggy and Adele find their peace. There's a not-so-subtle jibe at pesticide and GMO seed manufacturers and the fact that nations all over the world are turning into 'surveillance states'. All in all, this is an interesting short tale from Lopez that the zombie genre fans will approve.