The Miseducation of the Zombie
Agent Joe V. Al, known to his friends as Vic, is a serenity ambassador for the United Sectors. He has the herculean task of maintaining the peace among a diverse population of vampires, humans, werewolves, zombies, pixies, nymphs, and more otherworldly beings. This task is always a challenge, but Vic now has to contend with a rash of attacks from rabid zombies. These zombies have been attacking key political figures and civilians alike, reinforcing the fears of the populace and providing support for politicians advocating the Fight Don’t Flee law. This law would allow a being who believes his or her life to be in danger to fight in self-defense. The law has passed his several sectors and has already resulted in the deaths of several innocent zombies. Vic must trace these zombie attacks, keep his loved ones safe, and continue to be an agent for peace in a nation increasingly steeped in prejudice.
With The Miseducation of the Zombie, Davis has created a world even more troubled by racism than our own. Characters hate one another for the color of their eyes or the number of their wings, and have trouble overcoming stereotypes that are generations old. It is interesting to see how this racism plays out in an alternate world; the lessons the characters learn about compassion and the inner beauty of all beings are as relevant to the United States as they are to the United Sectors. The plot takes a backseat to this theme, which occasionally makes events hard to follow. Facts that are obvious to the reader are not obvious to the protagonist, and disorienting changes in point of view occur abruptly. The concept of The Miseducation of the Zombie is intriguing, however, and the world is well developed; I left the book with a new perspective on difference.
After editing at City Book Review for a few years, I took up the duties of editorial assistant, which include assigning books for review, posting reviews to our various sites, and nagging reviewers for things. In my non-nagging time, I’m a gamer, artist, writer, and notorious black thumb/bane of plants. My answer to every book-related question: read Octavia Butler.
|Page Count||271 pages|
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|Category||Science Fiction & Fantasy|