Author: Susanne Winnacker
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish
Publish Date: May 12, 2012
The Weepers: The Other Life by Susanne Winnacker is a post-apocalyptic zombie tale, one that's been done many times before. The story isn't bad, it's just not very unique, other than the Weepers themselves. Although there were a few twists I didn't seem coming, I had seen the same twists in other zombie stories.
The writing was dry, not very emotional. Even when something terrifying happened, it was written almost stiffly. The writing style didn't help me connect to the emotional impact of the story. Or to the characters. It was like the characters were just going through the motions, with no emotion behind their actions.
Joshua seems like a capable guy. He's nice and helpful and knows his way around the Weepers. But there was nothing special or alluring about him. Nothing that would make me remember him once I finished the book.
And Sherry comes off as a small child, following Joshua around like a lost puppy, while they search for her missing father. She doesn't do much to help. She just thinks about her father and how much she wants to find him, with random mini flashbacks thrown in occasionally. Sherry talking to her friend, or goofing with her brother. But still, it comes off stiff, forced. There was the telling of emotions — she was worried about her dad, scared for herself — but there wasn't much showing of emotions. Not once did I read a line from the book and say, "Wow. I get exactly how she feels right now."
And she is far too concerned with avoiding violence. There are murderous zombie creatures coming to kill you and everyone you know, stop feeling bad when you need to shoot one! Or, at least, wait until after you've killed it to get all emotional. Seriously, how is this girl not dead by the middle of the book?! She freezes up every time she has to pull the trigger. Besides, it's not like she's got good enough aim to actually kill a Weeper, anyway (even though a big deal is made about how her dad had taught her to shoot).
All in all, The Weepers is a light read. Short, easy and not too intense for people who want to read about zombies without getting nightmares afterward. But if your looking for a good scare, there are far better books out there.
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