The protagonist is R, a zombie, who might have something to look forward to since he exhibits flickering signs of revival. How you might ask? Well, he listens to Sinatra (God bless his soul), and talks in thoughtful sentences or rather pieced together words. Marion lets us live his character and we soon understand that all he needs is a tiny spark which might break the monotony of being a zombie. And wonder of wonders. The spark does come into his life, err…his existence, in the form of a girl, Julie. Slowly but surely, R begins to experience tiny emotions that is uncharacteristic of zombies. He understands the importance of Julie in his life and decides to escape with her to some place where they would not be living in perpetual fear. The dream of finding an answer to all the chaos and anarchy in the world soon becomes a distant possibility.

When I first picked up the book, to be honest, I did not have any expectations from it considering the recent surge of vampire and zombie stories that seem to flooding book-stores. But a quick look through the pages was enough to convince me to give this book a shot. It might not be my choice for next year’s Man Booker award, but it is pretty good considering the genre it is based in. Of course, the fact that the book is laced with symbolism about the real world did great wonders for me to like it.
No doubt, this is a clichéd book and might draw a few raised eye-brows from pundits, I think it’s got great potential if people other than teenagers mostly, were to read it. You know the ones I’m talking about, don’t you? Yeah, those ones! However corny as the title may be, Marion’s book does offer a valuable insight into life and how we are living it right now. A big thumbs-up from me!