Rise Again Below Zero

Gallery. Dec. 2013. 337p. ISBN 9781451668322. pap. $16. HORROR
The world is full of "zeros," or zombies, and a few human survivors make their way through a broken landscape to "Happy Town," where they can be free from the danger of the zeros. Sheriff Danielle Adelman leads her small tribe across the country, accompanied by her sister, Kelly, who is undead but who retains her ability to think and plan, as well as many of her memories. The zeros have developed their own hierarchy: moaners, hunters, and thinkers, who seem almost human in their ability to reason and communicate. Along with Danny travels the Silent Kid and his Boston terrier companion. As they approach their destination, Danny senses that something about Happy Town is not right and faces some of her most difficult decisions.
VERDICT Picking up where Rise Again left off, Tripp's sequel features well-drawn and believable characters. Especially nuanced is Kelly, who desperately struggles to hold on to her humanity. A standout among the current flood of "zombie" novels, Tripp's latest effort sets a new bar for zombie fiction.
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