Zed

Rated 3.88/5 based on 9 reviews
Zed is not your typical zombie. He is cursed with the affliction of thought ... although he tries to make the best of a bad situation. The goals for his unrest are simple: to improve his stride, to taste a lightly-seared pork loin once again and avoid Activists at all costs. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781465773609
About Stephen Herfst

Long-time reader, short-time writer. I feel that I have something to add to the world of literature, even if it is about zombie. I am a software engineer by trade and have worked in a number of different countries including America where I currently reside.

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Reviews

Review by: Jennifer Ricketts on Jan. 20, 2013 :
I signed up through the ARR program on Goodreads to receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I loved the interesting twist on the zombie genre this story presented and haven't laughed so hard about a zombie apocalypse since the movie Shaun of the Dead. On an interesting side note, Shaun of the Dead was on TV yesterday, and one of the characters called a zombie a "zed." I immediately thought of this book and loved it! I do want to point out that though I thought of this book, it's completely different from the movie and any other zombie book I've read--it takes place from the zombie's point of view. I'm only comparing the two because both have comical moments.

The changes in Zed's behavior and thinking once he met up with Chase were so cool! I loved their partnership--it was the two of them against the world...the world who wanted to kill off every zombie out there. Zed was a zombie I found myself rooting for, and Chase was the perfect partner to team up with him. She is a force of nature and definitely smart in her survival mode, which is one of the things about her that Zed admires and I did as well.

There aren't just awesome characters either. Plenty of action kept my interest, and I was so nervous and on the edge of my seat every time they found themselves in a situation with obstacles to overcome. I never thought I'd be on a zombie's side until I read this book! I couldn't get over how kick ass Chase is and how unafraid and matter-of-fact she was in teaming up with a zombie and fighting for their survival right alongside him. I can't wait to see where the next book takes me!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: lely on Aug. 31, 2012 :
There’s something about zombies that doesn’t necessarily call my attention. It could be that I’m a bit chicken about dead things eating living things. When the author reached out to me to read this book he was so nice about the whole thing that I had to give it a try. He gifted me a code but I didn’t use it in time. Because I promised to read/review I went ahead and purchased it. I’m really glad I did.

This story is so unique and so well put together that I couldn’t help but to be in awe. It was fun to be part of Zed’s world. Zed is no ordinary zombie. He is a very smart zombie who is very comfortable in his ways. He likes to be invisible to everyone, zombies and humans alike, to read and enjoy his eternal life. However, just because he likes to be invisible doesn’t mean he’s not aware of said zombies and humans. He is very aware of them which is why he rather stay away. Well, all is great with the world until he meets Chase. Chase is a young human girl who literally turns his world upside down. When Zed loses his home to a fire he takes up Chase on her offer to take him to a new home. This is when the adventure begins.

It was fun, action packed, cute, and so funny! I loved it all including the very mysterious ending that sealed the deal. I have to pick up the next book in the series. I think everyone should read this and take a chance on a very unique take on zombies. Go read it now!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Scott Collins on July 28, 2012 :
I'm not much of a zombie fan and I'm almost ashamed to admit I picked up this book based on its cover. Almost. Zed follows the exploits of Zed, an out of the ordinary zombie who lives a life of seclusion, trying to avoid contact with the various human groups out to capture or kill all zombies. Much to his dismay, he is forced into the company of a teenage girl. The two then set off on a wild adventure to save themselves, and in the process each other.

I loved the characters. Each had an independent and strong voice as well as their own brand of humor. The plot was engaging and fast paced, enough to keep anyone turning the pages long into the night. Most of all I enjoyed the development of Zed as he sees what he's been missing while in hiding.

All in all a fun read. I'll definitely keep my eye out for the next installment in the Zed series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Mallory Heart Reviews on July 08, 2012 :
I wholeheartedly enjoyed “Zed,” a hilarious spin on the zombie trend that simultaneously ensures a deeper look and concentration of thought on some serious issues-such as consciousness and compassion, survival and surrender, humanity and inhumanity, do-goodism vs. government and military, and more. I literally chuckled or even laughed aloud on almost every page, but as I was laughing, I was also learning and pondering.
While I was laughing and learning, I was also racing through the pages, because the action and adventure and thrills provided by Zed and his oddball (but likable) new human sidekick Chase are addictive and enjoyable. I was so glad when, on reaching the end, I learned that Zed will indeed return for an encoure, because he is truly too precious to drop off the scene after only one gig. Here’s to Zombies with Brains, Consciousness, and a delightful Heart.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Janxcdlily on July 02, 2012 : (no rating)
Again participating in the ARR program has paid off and paid off big, I had the pleasure of reading this book in exchange for an honest review. Zed is a zombie with a peculiar situation in where he has a conscience and is not "brain-dead" like other zombies, his analytic way of looking at society is funny. He lives alone in his lair hiding from humans and civilization altogether until he runs into Chase, a teenage zombie hunter. I found the story to be unique and very entertaining. The characters are delightful and the conversations and banter between Zed and Chase are hilarious. I found myself laughing out loud numerous times throughout the story and kept having to explain to family what the story was about. This is absolutely a fun read that I recommend to anyone who is looking for an escape from the typical zombie read.I really enjoyed this book and I have to give it 5 stars.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Ruth Benitez on June 20, 2012 :
If you ever thought that conscience is what difference humans from the rest of animals then you need to know that is also what separates Zed from the other zombies. And if you ever thought that zombies couldn´t be funny; you are wrong!

This story presents us a zombie like no other. Here the zombies are supposed to be these creatures that only want to bite humans. They are pretty much like any typical zombie; they go around with their arms extended and searching for humans brains. But in the opposite side is Zed. Who, with his rare ability of thinking choose not to eat human flesh and expects other things from life. (Really, who wants to be like everybody else?)

Zed is one of the funniest characters I ever read about. He is a different kind of zombie and a different kind of hero. Is very easy to feel related with him and love him more and more. He is sarcastic, very clever, with great sense of humor and the best part is that he knows he is different and it´s not ashamed of that.

And then he meets Chase, this little girl who turns his life upside down. The combination of this two, really creates a good book. The way she helps Zed to find the humanity inside him and to choose what kind of zombie-man he wants to be, is really adorable.

I think that seeing us through Zed´s eyes is a new way to discover or to be capable of understand things in our nature that we don´t pay much attention to.

The book is full with action, bullets, escapes, car chases and A LOT of great dialogues. It is funny from page one to the final stop. I can´t wait to know more about the adventures of Zed and his little friend.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Steven Beltzer on June 15, 2012 :
I gave this 3 stars because it's good and I liked it but it did have some rough spots and I think even though it's already published Zed could be revised and republished. It would get a stronger rating and with such a creative idea and twist to the zombie genre, it would pull a large following.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ambyr Lix on June 07, 2012 :
I received this book from the Author for an honest review. The only bias-ness that I give a review in ARR is for some grammar/spelling issues; as I know that they will be fixed (usually).

So this book review is totally honest.

Zed is not your typical Zombie. He thinks, takes pride in his walk (not to shuffle like the rest of the zees), and has a passion for reading and learning. He doesn't eat humans, but doesn't look down upon his brethren for their ingrained ways.
And his entire life changes when he meets Chase...

There is so much to this story. It's light, fluffy, funny, and entertaining. Told in the POV of Zed (said zombie), it is an interesting twist on a humorous tale. This was well written, well thought out, and had a great flow to it.

I would recommend this book to anyone not looking for a deep read, anyone ages 12 and up (who is allowed to read about gore and zombies eating brains), etc. That is, there is no sex or vulgar speech.

All in all, it was a fun book to read. As amusing as the description sounds, that's as amusing as the whole book feels.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Catrina Barton on April 29, 2012 :
I received this e-book free in exchange for a review. I've never read a Zombie book before, so I'm excited to try something new.

The Good:

It's refreshing to read something from a zombie's point of view. I enjoyed the humor Mr. Herfst threaded in, complimented the story keeping it from being too dark.

The Bad:

I came across several mistakes, mainly minor typos. The formatting was clunky.

The accents threw me for a loop. I had to re-read those lines a few times before they made sense.

I didn't like the "Clearly she was homeschooled, judging by her level of diction." line. You shouldn't judge people like that. I was home-schooled and my diction is above hers. Please don't try to stereotype like that. Thank you.

Overall Impression:

I enjoyed the majority of this book. Thanks for writing it,
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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