A great evening at the Reykjavik International Literary Festival comes to an end after listening to the great Douglas Coupland read from his new book Worst.Person.Ever :)
Amazing Book Covers: The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
Allison Hewitt is Trapped by Madeleine Roux
I bought Allison Hewitt is Trapped by Madeleine Roux while I was on vacation in Boston. I was checking out all the bookstores I could get to and this book was one of my spontaneous buys. I bought it because I liked the cover, I mean Zombies + books = must be awesome. Right?
Well, no. As I opened the book I got my first warning sign of this, as the title is decorated with comically draw skulls. Now, I have nothing against skulls. It’s just that I was under the assumption that this was a horror novel, not a Young Adult novel (Note: the book was far away from the YA section in the Harvard book store and on display next to “American Psycho” by Bret Easton Ellis).
I ventured on and thought my worries had been for naught when the story and characters turned out be entertaining and interesting. Allison Hewitt, the main character, was relatable, likable and brave.
This, however, all changes at the 100 page mark where Allison hacks off the legs of a fellow survivor and leaves him at the mercy of zombies. Allison also falls in love with Collin, a former teacher in his early fifties, and I can’t help but cringe.
I really dislike this new trend in YA novels and Indie films where a relatively young girl falls in love with a man old enough to be their father, if not their grandfather. I just don’t see the appeal of this trend.
She likes his voice and feels secure with him, that I can buy. What I don’t understand is why Collin would fall for this young woman and just start sleeping with her. Ok, wait, I know what you’re thinking: “Well duh, he’s in his early fifties and she’s young, hot and willing.” Well that doesn’t seem to be the case. Collin seems to actually fall in love with her in a short period of time. The entire romance between them feels forced and really out of place. Then when Collin’s wife, Lydia, arrives to the story, alive and well, Allison becomes even less likable. I really just started feeling sorry for Lydia, since she had done nothing to deserve Allison’s dislike.
I also feel like the character of Ted was never fully developed and he just seemed to be a device to forward the plot.
Another thing I realized should have been a warning sign for me are the four quotes on the cover, praising the book. These quotes are all written by fellow female authors, not critics (and that is never a good sign). These authors are all the writers of teen supernatural romance series and when reading the quotes one even gets the feeling that they never read Allison Hewitt is Trapped.
This book should clearly have been placed in the YA section, where horror fans, such as myself, could have avoided it and people looking for zombie YA books could have enjoyed it.