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Reviewed by Samantha Gregory for Readers' Favorite
I, Zombie by Jo Michaels features Trixie Collins, a young, average high school girl who goes to a party and ends up getting scratched by a boy called Matt, whom she likes. Soon she finds herself changing into something else. The walking dead. But are they really all they seem? The book opens with Trixie already transformed and far from the brainless flesh eaters we usually read about. Trixie can still think like a human and communicate with her undead brethren through a type of telepathy. It gets right into the action, introducing Trixie and her friends Jack and Cindy at high school on the day of the party. The dynamic between them is realistic and their dialogue does sound like teen speak.
This is an interesting twist on the normal zombie novel, as Jo Michaels has portrayed the zombies as victims of an unusual virus in I, Zombie. How can you kill a zombie if there is the chance that the person you once knew is still in there? And does it affect the zombie and their need to feed on human flesh? With the popularity of The Walking Dead and Z Nation, I think that this book will do quite well. It's different enough to attract readers and is well written. Trixie seems like a likeable character and the scenes with her friends show her personality. The 'vision' angle though did seem forced. I think it would have been better if it was introduced earlier or had more explanation. Overall, though, it was a good read and I would recommend it.