In the Dead: Vol I
This is a great novella. It consists of 9 short stories of life before, during and after the Outbreak. It is an account of where people were, what they were doing, who they were with, who they were hiding from and the readers get to see how all these people were affected differently by the same event. This book can be read as a stand-alone. It takes place in the same world as Petersen’s Living with the Dead series. You need not read one to understand the other although; I highly recommend reading the Living with the Dead series. This is the same Zombie Apocalypse Sarah and David has been living through. This is just various peoples experience at different places and times. In the Dead: Volume 1 is filled with the post-apocalyptic humor and logic that has made reading Petersen so entertaining.
The characters range from teenage siblings, gamer hermit, couple hiding from the authorities, bridezilla, feuding neighbors, reality show participants to MacGyver. I loved the serial feel to the book. I liked the fact that some stories were a few days after the Outbreak while others take place months after. Locations range from apartment complex, beach house, survivor camps, suburbs, Vegas and the zoo. I love reading zombie apocalypse books. The thing that really sets this apart from the rest is the humor. This book is laugh out loud funny, full of wit, snark and a logic people have been forced to use to survive.