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White Trash Zombie Apocalypse, Diana Rowland 10 January 2022

2013 urban fantasy, third of its series. Angel Crawford is still a zombie (subtype conscious and super-strong, though still cerebrivorous), and gradually getting her new life together. It doesn't help that nobody tells her anything.

There's a lot going on here, and certainly a sense of progress, but very little conclusion. A Big Evil Corporation is working on a way of taking over the zombie community, and Angel's boyfriend's Uncle Pietro is trying to fight them; someone's making a zombie apocalypse film, and some of the horde of extras are a bit more lurchy than they should be; Angel's getting her life together; her deadbeat alcoholic father is apparently getting his life together; their house gets washed away by a flood (well, this is Louisiana)…

Some of these ideas get linked up; most of them don't. Also it turns out that Angel can spontaneously do a thing that most zombies can't do for their first few centuries. I like the narrative of Angel learning to take the hands that are held out to her to help her get into a better place, though the unstated implication that all the other pill-popping losers and other white trash are ignoring similar opportunities grates a little; I'm less fond of Angel the Speciallest Zombie Ever.

(Also the Cutest Zombie Ever, as two men other than her boyfriend make it clear that they're interested in her, and the one person who doesn't think she's utterly wonderful is presented as obviously a bit strange.)

There are also slightly too many repetitions of someone having an explanation for the apparently horrible thing they did, and Angel casually saying "oh, I guess that's OK then". Once or twice would have been fine but it keeps on happening, and it seems to me that part of the process of growing up and living her own life that Angel's going through would be getting less susceptible to a convincing line (even if it turns out to be true).

It's OK; I had more fun with this than I did with book 2, and I'll probably read another. But it never manages the sense of energy and humour that the first book had; it's all deadly-serious plot progression.

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