May 16, 2015
Restless In Peaceville
by Pippa Jay
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.
A YA zombie story, previously released by Lycaon Press, 20th August 2014. Warning - contains some bad language and moderate gore.
"If you loved the hit TV show 'In The Flesh', you'll love this zombie story!" By Celeste Hawkins 2 years ago
If you're looking for a zombie story that claws around in your mind and makes you think about the choices you make in your very alive state, look no further than this!
Restless In Peaceville is a novel that revolves around the undead life of Luke Chester. After he took his own life, which is made evident in the first chapter, he is denied into heaven. Instead, he has to choose which door to enter and see what his future holds. He picks the right door and comes back as a zombie. Luke wakes up next to Annabelle Stelly, a murder victim, and together they attempt to redeem themselves in the chance that they might get into heaven.
The depth to these characters were astounding, and I found myself relating to Luke Chester. As a victim of bullying and pain, which is ignored by his parents who have their own 'problems', Chester thinks the only way out is suicide. Pippa Jay writes in such stark realism that made me shudder at times at what was going through this boy's head, and nearly made me shed a tear when he realised all he was missing out on now that he was a zombie. Each character had flaws and traits that were realistic and at times, chilling.
While I enjoyed the Southern United States twang these characters spoke in, I found the sudden French words to be rather jolting and threw me off. These teenagers never came across as people who would be able to throw French phrases around. Sadly, the plot also seemed to be lacking ever so slightly. From the sudden realisation of love that seemed slightly forced, to some of the characters' deaths, the plot started to become slightly cliché. However, what saved it for me was the end, which I won't spoil for anyone here. Let's just say that I love it when the good guys go bad!
Altogether, I highly recommend this story for anyone who is reading a zombie novel for the first time! It's easy to read, and if you enjoy a bit of French here and there, you can have fun translating it to yourself!