Title: Dead Heading
Author: Paul Cristo
Publisher: PaJe Press
Publishing Date: March 30 2020
A bizarre sickness is infecting the planet, turning its victims into contorted piles of flesh. Lewis barely notices though, rarely looking up from his number-crunching job and voracious appetite for streaming entertainment. But his life changes forever after waking up one morning to find the world’s population eradicated. Stranded without food or water, he’s forced to use ingenuity to survive, foraging resources from the desolate city around him.
Until he discovers he’s not alone.
Lewis’s new life is threatened by a violent gang of gun-wielding scavengers. He learns these men are harvesting survivors, inflicting slavery and torture for a horrifying purpose.
Outmanned and outgunned, Lewis and some newfound friends must band together, employing their collective wit and cunning against a deadly foe to avoid being killed. Or worse… captured.
I didn’t go into this book expecting humour. But it was there, and I’m not mad about it. While there were jokes and hilarious moments sprinkled throughout the books, the humour never caused the atmosphere to stray from the initial tense feeling. Another thing I should mention is the fact that while there were periods of the story, where no action was happening and it was just characters planning or doing somewhat boring activities, the story never dragged.
One of my favourite parts of this story, was that the characters had to learn a skill. They didn’t just magically figure out how something worked in a moment of extreme danger. There were pages upon pages of characters searching for information, learning, trying and failing before the skill could be put to proper use. Even though the learning process took up a lot of time, the story still didn’t drag.
The romantic relationship in the book was very believable and kinda cute to be honest. The MC’s were likable and Lewis’ “voice” in particular was one of the elements in the story that provided a bit of relief.
The premise behind the story was interesting, the writing style was simple enough that the story was easy to follow along. All in al the delivery was done quite well.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
That’s All I Got, Danielle.