Review | Zombies: A Record of the Year of Infection

{Review} Zombies: A Record of the Year of Infection

by Don Roff
Publication Date: October 2009
Page count: 144
Goodreads: See here

Plot at a Glance:

The year is 2012, and what starts as a pervasive and inexplicable illness ends up as a zombie infestation that devastates the world’s population. Taking the form of a biologist’s illustrated journal found in the aftermath of the attack, this pulse-pounding, suspenseful tale of zombie apocalypse follows the narrator as he flees from city to countryside and heads north to Canada, where he hopes the undead will be slowed by the colder climate.

Encountering scattered humans and scores of the infected along the way, he fills his notebook with graphic drawings of the zombies and careful observations of their behavior, along with terrifying tales of survival. This frightening new contribution to the massively popular zombie resurgence will keep fans on the edge of their seats right up to the very end.


Over my semi-hiatus from Goodreads and book blogging while I tried to adjust to a crazy new reality in my real-life, I found myself really hard pressed to find time to devote to full novels. After a week or so of struggling to feel like I was keeping pace with larger books, I sought out something I could read in an afternoon and settled on the ever-reliable zombie fare. Always a page turner, right?

I can happily say that this fit the bill and ended up being exactly what I expected. I devoured this in a couple of hours on a rainy Sunday afternoon, which was exactly what I was hoping for from it. Does it add anything new to the genre of zombie-apocalypse horror? Not really. Is it entertaining? Definitely.

This is very much a slower, more introspective take on a zombie apocalypse, as it follows one character’s perspective in the initial chaos caused by the outbreak. Roff peppers the story with sketches of characters, and of the zombies that his characters encounter along the way. The book is worth it for the sketches alone, which are quit fun and add a great deal of needed depth.

The trouble with a genre such as zombie horror, which is pretty over-exposed right now, is that there is not much new that can be done with it. Much of this felt like a story I’d already seen a number of times already. I wish it had gotten a tad more inventive with the zombies and with the situations the characters ended up in, but what is there was still entertaining enough for a read from start to the expected numbing finish.

If you’re a fan of zombies and of horror, add this one to your list!

🌟🌟🌟 = 3 stars! 

Miss me? I’m so sorry for the extended hiatus, but I’m back and better than ever now. I had a lot of life adjustments with a new job and new schedule to get used to, but I think I’ve got a handle on things now. 🙂 



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