Audiobook Review: White Trash Zombie Unchained by Diana Rowland

White Trash Zombie Unchained (White Trash Zombie, #6)White Trash Zombie Unchained by Diana Rowland
Narrator: Allison McLemore
Publisher: Audible Studies
Release Date: September 4, 2017
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Publisher’s Description:

Angel Crawford has finally pulled herself together (literally!) after her disastrous dismemberment on Mardi Gras. She’s putting the pieces of her life back in order and is ready to tackle whatever the future holds.

Too bad the future is a nasty bitch. There’s a new kind of zombie in town: mindless shamblers, infectious and ravenous.

With the threat of a full-blown shambler pandemic looming, and a loved one stricken, Angel and the “real” zombies scramble to find a cure. Yet when Angel uncovers the true reason the plague is spreading so quickly, she adds “no-holds-barred revenge” to her to-do list.

Angel is busting her ass dealing with shambling hordes, zombie gators, government jerks, and way too many mosquitos, but this white trash chick ain’t giving up.

Good thing, since the fate of the world is resting on her undead shoulders.

*****This review may contain spoilers for the previous books in the White Trash Zombie series*****

Just because Zombie Week and Halloween have past, it doesn’t mean it’s too late to settle in with a good zombie book. Zombies are fun all year-round!

White Trash Zombie Unchained is the sixth book in the White Trash Zombie series. I haven’t read books 2-5 but I didn’t have too much trouble following along. I would recommend reading the first book, My Life As a White Trash Zombie, before jumping in, just to get familiar with Rowland’s zombie mythology. She does write this book expecting that you know at least that much. Her zombies are different than most. They are sentient beings, like you and I, the main difference being that they eat brains. Even though it’s been several years since I read the first book, I remembered enough of the mythology that I was fine.

Angel Crawford is a zombie who just happens to work in a morgue, which has a convenient supply of fresh brains. One day, a supposedly dead body gets up off her table and starts shambling around. This “shambler,” as Anger calls him, is what comes to mind when one pictures a typical zombie – mindless and undead. This is the beginning of a shambler epidemic. It’s up to the Tribe, a group of zombies including Dr. Nikas, who is both a zombie and an expert zombie researcher, to figure out the cause and how to stop it.

I would characterize White Trash Zombie Unchained as a cozy urban fantasy – is there such a thing? If not, you heard it here first! * It’s got quite a bit of humor in it that kept it from getting too dark. I like that this series has a unique take on zombie mythology – that they are secretly among us and most of them have no desire to cause an apocalypse. (Of course, I do like a good zombie apocalypse as well.) I had some trouble understanding the science behind how the shamblers were created. Also, Angel has a mutated zombie parasite inside her and how and why that came about was not clear. I think that was the only thing from previous books that was not explained.

I listened to the audio version of this book. The narrator did a great job with making Angel and her father’s “white trash” Southern accents sound authentic. There are a number of male voices that she does really well too.

I am notorious for starting series and then getting distracted with other books and forgetting about them. Fict Fact is a great site for keeping track of series and helps somewhat – when I remember to check it! I’m glad I was reminded of this series. I enjoyed this book and hope to go back and read books two through five. I’ll keep you posted!

*copyright 2017 chaosisafriendofmine

(I received a complimentary copy of this book for review.)