In the first Zomblog, Samuel Todd starts the journal to chronicle his encounters with various groups, including some survivors trying to fortify a warehouse. In Zomblog II, Meredith, a companion of Sam’s, takes over the journal. She is pregnant with Sam’s child, but gives the baby up for adoption to a couple staying at The Warehouse Complex, and finds refuge in a mansion after taking on a group called The Genesis Brotherhood. Her personality is nothing like Sam’s, and it showed in the journal entries.
In TW Brown’s novel, Zomblog: The Final Entry, Lisa Conger (author of Death by Dad) gives a great summary of what has happened to Meredith during the zombie apocalypse. I was really hoping Meredith wouldn’t be continuing the journal in the third installment, but she was. Meredith continues to be self-centered, and I’m still surprised anyone would want anything to do with her. For reasons never made known to the readers, Eric Grayfeather accompanies Meredith on her quest to reach Vegas. No matter how much he does for her, she still complains. For example, while everyone else is dying of starvation, Meredith whines about having to eat venison all the time.
The third installment of journal entries begin January 1st, two years after Sam started his blog in the first novel of the trilogy. The Corridor (Hwy 26) between The Warehouse Complex, The Sunset Fortress and The Mansion is finally complete, keeping the wandering zombies to a minimum. The first portion of the novel has very brief and straight to the point entries, but, after Meredith and Eric leave The Mansion with her dog Sam (trained to detect zombies), the two travelers begin to cross paths with several other survivor camps and the entries grow longer…especially when Meredith has made a bad situation worse…which happens a lot…which is one of the many reasons that I hate her character. I did enjoy reading the contrasts and comparisons between the various camps, but it made me sick how some of the survivors practically worshipped Meredith because of the journal; copies are made at every camp that she stays at. (It made me wonder if they actually read all the entries.)
By the end of Zomblog III, the entries are detailed descriptions of interactions with other survivors, and they include a back-story about a fight over Vegas between two military factions (the Vegas storyline would make an excellent zombie novel — hintity-hint-hint). I also enjoyed the entries describing the way the Native Americans claimed territories and forbid any non-natives to enter. It was a different aspect than the militia groups that are often featured in zombie stories. The politics of the post-apocalyptic western states provided some very interesting scenes The Final Entry. I can’t help but feel like those sections would have been better if Brown didn’t have to write them from Meredith’s point of view.
I never liked her character to begin with, but I absolutely hated Meredith by the end of Zomblog III. I would rather have The Governor from The Walking Dead as a travel companion than Meredith…Meredith is definitely my favorite female character in a zombie novel to hate on. Despite my feelings about her, I loved The Final Entry. It was a smooth way to wrap up the Zomblog trilogy. It gives the readers of view of how the US has been handling its post-apocalyptic business. I especially loved the epilogue…nice touch.