Luke Chester has had enough. He’s the school geek, the girls laugh at him, he’s lost his dead-end job at the pizza place, and in the midst of the world’s messiest divorce his parents don’t even know he exists. An overdose of his mom’s tranquilizers and a stomach full of whiskey should solve all his problems...
But they don’t. Instead, Luke finds himself booted out of the afterlife for not dying a natural death, with nowhere to go but back to his recently vacated corpse and reality. How the hell is he going to pass for one of the living without someone trying to blow his brains out for being one of the undead?
And it just gets worse. He’s got to fight his own desperate craving to consume the living, evade the weird supernatural hunter who’s having a field day with the new undeads rising, and there’s this creepy black shadow following him around. Add to that the distraction of female fellow undead Annabelle burning to avenge her own murder, and clearly there’s no rest for the wicked. Jeez, all he wanted to do was R.I.P.
Zombies. Right after teen dystopian tales, I can't tell you how many zombie stories I've read, especially since The Walking Dead got popular. By rights, zombies are murderous undead who have no coherent thoughts except for "Brains...". Right? Wrong. Not in Restless In Peaceville.
You start the book in the afterlife itself, with Luke being told that, because he committed suicide, he couldn't go to Heaven or Hell. Very Catholic reasoning there. So he gets sent back to his dead body. He's coherent, and very frightened. What makes it worse, there's another newly risen girl, too!
The book escalates from there, taking the reader on an emotional journey, detailing both of the teens' difficult lives. But it's not all feels. There are vampires, witches, revenge plots and hunters...and not the Winchester brothers type!
In 45k words, we're given an undead thrill ride perfect for teens and adults alike. You get a little of everything, even romance, and it all meshes together easily for a quick, fun read you'll want to keep rereading.
5/5--a great story for all ages!
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