Controversial author TW Brown has been passing his time writing one zombie novel after another, as well as short stories that have appeared in over half a dozen horror anthologies. For the most part, I’ve enjoyed everything that he’s written, and Zomblog II wasn’t much different from the previous Brown novels that I’ve read…and that familiarity was a slight problem for me. Brown’s writing style introduces multiple characters in a small amount of time, which means that many characters are lacking any real depth, and lots of storylines are left open, presumably for the plots in the sequels. (For the record, I have yet to read a stand-alone novel by this author.)
I had no complaints about Zomblog because it stood out from other journal-type novels, but just like many other zombie series I have read, the sequel didn’t impress me as much as the first. I think the biggest reason is that I felt no empathy for the main character, Meredith. I have no problem with a strong female protagonist (which isn’t common in zombie novels), but Meredith appeared to be consistently self-centered, which was very contrasting to Samuel Todd, the main character in the first book. Samuel is motivated to help others, while Meredith thinks mainly of herself. Even when she claims to be doing something for the sake of others, there are usually more personal reasons for her actions that have more to do with her feeling wronged or betrayed, rather than avenging her friends…and I’m surprised anyone would want to be around her.
Despite my issues with Meredith, Brown absolutely delivers on the degeneracy and wickedness that is expected in an apocalyptic situation where society has completely fallen apart. The Genesis Brotherhood is a constant threat to the well-being of the other survivors who have set up fortified compounds around the area, and some of the things they do to endure food shortages is the most shocking forms of cannibalism that I’ve read in any horror book.
There is going to be at least one more book in the Zomblog series, and I hope that someone else continues the journal entries besides Meredith. I’d like to see more zombie action, and I think it would be great if there were more scenes with interaction between the survivor compounds.