I almost didn’t select Night of the Living Trekkies for review; the cover art looks like the cheesy garbage you would find on most young adult fiction books, and the title made me think, “One more person trying to cash in on the zombie genre with some ridiculous twist.” BUT, I’ve enjoyed other Quirk novels, and I can’t get enough zombie literature, so I thought I may as well read it once.
I am so glad I did; this was a great story for so many reasons:
- Zombie fans will love it; even if they whine publicly because it’s not “traditional” zombies, secretly they will be adding this to their vast horror collections.
- Star Trek fans will love it too; even if they whine publicly because it’s not “realistic” sci-fi, secretly they will be wishing this happens at their next con.
- Star Wars fans might not appreciate the way they were portrayed…but they will still get a kick out of the “honorable mention” in this exciting adventure.
- Even if you don’t know squat about Star Trek or zombies, you can still follow this sci-fi thriller, with non-stop action from start to finish.
The prologue begins with two employees, at an underground military facility in Houston, TX, making plans to go to a Star Trek convention; while they’re talking, the security system fails, opening some doors that should have stayed closed. Meanwhile, at a hotel in the same city, Jim Pike is having a bad day that is about to get apocalyptic. Jim is a soldier with serious PTSD, and he’s convinced himself that working as a bellhop will reduce his stress. However, he has to help prepare for GulfCon, an extremely popular Star Trek convention. Jim’s younger sister, Rayna is also attending with some friends.
Before Rayna’s group arrives in the parking garage, the hotel staff is already having trouble with violent hotel guests, and employees keep going missing. Jim’s instincts are screaming at him that something horrible is happening, but by the time he is able to convince anyone else that the problem is not just in his mind, the hotel is overwhelmed by zombies. Jim, with the help of a Star Wars fan, tries to rescue his sister and her friends, while Trekkies are dying all around them.
Star trek fans should know that this isn’t just a horror story set at a convention, but I can’t elaborate without ruining the storyline. Zombie fans should know that the undead are shamblers, but able to move as a group, with a very unusual source of infection, which is spread in a similar manner to 28 Days Later.
I am very impressed with the quality of books that Quirk has been publishing; some other great titles are Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls, and Android Karenina. They may look like fluff pieces at first glance, but the stories are quite entertaining.