Unlike a lot of authors of so-called zombie novels, Grant took considerable time contemplating exactly how something like this could occur and how the world would be changed, decades later. Throughout the book, she tackles the alterations to everything from travel to pet ownership to diet and hygiene habits. That’s the kind of follow-through that makes for great book club discussions.
Grant receives extra points from me by creating not one but two flawed, complicated and fantastic female characters, a tradition she carries into her next installment “Deadline”. Without offering spoilers, let’s just say that Grant isn’t afraid to tackle larger issues of religion and politics, and she’s not afraid to kill her babies, figuratively and otherwise.