My Life as a White Trash Zombie
Author: Diana Rowland
Publisher: Daw Books
Page count: 310pp
Release date: 5th Jul 2011
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin
Angel, born loser, wakes up in the ER remembering only blood, and a crash, whilst her nurse insists she overdosed. Naked and penniless, a mysterious benefactor has left her a bag with cab fare, clothes and six bottles of strange liquid that could be Frappacino or could be something else entirely. There is also a job offer at the local Coroner’s office and a warning . . . if Angel doesn’t hold down the job for at least a month, her benefactor will tell her Probation Officer that drugs were in her system.
Angel soon finds that working in a morgue has its advantages; an ample supply of easy to blend brains. Because Angel soon finds out that she is no longer human.
A zombie novel written from the point of view of the misunderstood fledgling zombie, White Trash . . . is a fun diversion, with its humour handled well through ‘straight’ writing, rather than it trying to be laugh out loud.
The novel also challenges stereotypes along the way, focusing on Angel’s attempts to change her life positively despite her overwhelming urge to munch on brains. Rowland plays with the various characters and the reader’s perceptions, ensuring the book is more than just typical zombie fodder, but it still retains a great sense of fun.
Overall, this book is enjoyable and well worth the mere £5.00 I paid.