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L. E. White
on March 23, 2012 :
In the second story, Thea takes on the story as the director for a local lab that is being commandeered to run testing on samples from the outbreak. Of course, typical zombie hi-jinks ensue as a staff member has been infected. The internal attack occurs as well as the inevitable overrun of the facility. The only thing these medical researchers manage to do is get evacuated. Anything else would be a spoiler so I will stop there.
Now, I felt the story itself stayed in the well traveled plane of modern zombie fiction. Nothing in the plot lines stood out but everything was well done so it remained enjoyable. One thing that did happen was a couple of looks at the main character. There was what appeared to be a hinting of sexual tension that wasn’t given time to mature. I personally think it could have been explored but that would have required the group to remain in-tact and in location so I can see why this didn’t happen. The rate of infection really suggested that this should have been ignored.
The other look I could have done without. There was time spent on the more mundane elements of the facility director’s job. In the beginning of a zombie apocalypse I realize that many people would continue to attempt to handle business as usual but I just don’t want to read about it. This is a small complaint since it was also a small element of the story.
So, how would I rate the book? It might surprise you but the answer is better than the first. While “Locked In” had a better overall plot and a fresher take on the genre than “Locked Out” did there is a noticeable difference in the quality of the writing between the first and second. You get a feeling of the author’s style having matured that was impressive. I still have the third book to read and review but I am hoping to see this trend continue.
A good read. You should give this four out of five star work a try. If you aren’t a fan of zombies, The Zombie Bedtime Stories just might convert you.
(reviewed long after purchase)