I couldn’t put this book down. From the very first page where she battles a zombie to the very end, this book was action-packed and filled with drama, with just a hint of romance. The main character, named after the author, isn’t the typical zombie heroine, capable of taking out armies of the undead with her bare hands; she has a gun, but struggles to use it. However, she’s a quick thinker, and manages to survive using her surroundings.
The book seemed realistic to me, with its portrayal of burned, bloody, and broken cities. The people that aren’t dead are emotionally and mentally scarred, and even though I thought the book ended on a happy note, you come away feeling that nothing is permanent, nor will they remain happy forever. This isn’t a book where everyone gets a happily ever after, and I thought that fit the mood perfectly.