Breathers: A Zombie's Lament
by S.G. Browne
Like Warm Bodies, Breathers is a zombie story told from the zombie's point of view. Andy has spontaneously resurrected. He lives in his parents' wine cellar, and they are none to happy about having him back from the dead. He was in a car accident that killed him and his wife. His vocal cords are destroyed so he can't talk but writes on a dry erase board hung around his neck to communicate. He attends a zombie support group, Undead Anonymous and sees a therapist twice a month. I really liked Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion and I like the idea of a zombie book told from the zombie's point of view. This zombie wants to be treated with respect and not attacked, mutilated, tortured or used as a crash test dummy. Zombies don't have any civil rights and Andy can't see his daughter or is allowed to even write her a letter. Though it is pretty hard to get respect when you are a rotting corpse and your smell make every breather near you want to vomit.
Andy gets a zombie girlfriend, Rita. "I haven't been to any of the zombie singles' mixers, but I hear they're a regular maggot-fest." Andy spends a lot of the book protesting and picketing for zombie rights and then getting arrested by the SPCA. Andy meets Ray who gives him some 'venison' he has in a jar. It should come as no surprise to anyone that the meat the zombies eat isn't deer meat. Once Andy discovers what kind of meat Ray's Resplendent Rapture really is and discovers that it makes him feel better and more alive, is when this book starts getting really good. 5 stars.