I was pleasantly surprised as to how enjoyable this book was. It is written in first-person by Andy who is recently reanimated, meaning he died and came back to life. Andy is a "zombie" but not in the classic sense as he has all his mental faculties and desires to live a "normal" life of a "breather." Andy lives in his parents basement, mostly watching tv and drinking wine and weekly going to support sessions with other zombies.
We realize that zombies have been in existance a long time and have been treated badly by hate groups such as the KKK and others as far back as anyone can remember. Currently zombies have no rights and are treated like pets. If they get out of line, the SPCA is called and they are taken to kennel-type facities until their guardians come to claim them. After so many days they are sent to a science lab for disection if nobody claims them.
Andy meets Rita at the support group and some of the group start sampling Jerry's "venison" meat and start acting different. Andy leads the group in an awakening and a demand for the same rights as breathers.
The dialogue is hilarious at times and after some really gruesome scenes Andy tells the reader you would not understand what it is like ... unless you were a zombie.
This book has everything that a zombie fan usually looks for from their zombie entertainment and is stil able to bel totally original. The concept of the book itself is genious, and even a person who is not that huge of a horror or zombie fan could get into it. The social satire is great in the way that everyone can relate at one time or another feeling like an unaccepted outsider and believe it or not; the romance portion of the story is as engaging as the flesh eating and plight of Andy as he … more
n a slightly alternate world, starting in the 1930's, a small percentage of people who die come back as zombies. They are effectively immortal until they rot away to the point where they can no longer maintain their form. Zombies are barely tolerated by society. Although they retain the memories of their lives, they have no legal rights and are treated as stray animals if they bother living humans, or "breathers". Andy Warner recently died in a car accident and came back as a zombie. He lives … more
It really isn't fair to compare this book to Max Brooks's excellent "World War Z." Where WWZ covers a fictional zombie "war," Browne's "Breathers" turns zombie fiction on its severed ear by introducing romance to the mix. Breathers is extremely humorous and touching and our hero Andy is a wonderful guide to living, or unliving, in a world where zombies and humans co-habitate uneasily. I recommend this book to all fans of zombies, and their friends. Just don't eat the venison!
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Meet Andy Warner, a recently deceased everyman and newly minted zombie. Abandoned by his friends and reviled by a society that no longer considers him human, Andy is having a bit of trouble adjusting. But all that changes when he goes to an Undead Anonymous meeting and meets a few kindred souls.