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Reviewed by Samantha Gregory for Readers' Favorite
Zombie Youth: Borrowed Time by H.E. Goodhue picks up two years after the zombie apocalypse began, with the survivors in Montville finally building a new life for themselves. Now that the immediate threat is over, they are trying to deal with the fallout. Sam's brother Mike is especially hard hit when he reaches his eighteenth birthday and another step closer to becoming one of the undead. On top of that, tensions are mounting in their compound when the few remaining adults begin to revolt against their new leaders with disastrous results. There are two new additions to the story - Uriel, the son of religious zealot Judith, and Eve, the daughter of Amelia and Chris. Both children have zombie DNA (the mothers having been bitten while pregnant) and create new problems for this broken world.
H.E. Goodhue deals with the psychological implications of living in a world where the dead have taken over. Zombie Youth: Borrowed Time is a more fluid read than its prequel and moves better between the different viewpoints. It introduces new characters, such as the ferals, and we get a much broader view of what shape the world is in. Dr Corvis, the cause of the original outbreak, is an extreme character who could help find the cure but her methods are downright evil. It soon becomes clear that the old rules no longer apply and it is everyone for themselves. Despite this, the survivors at Montville still show a strong sense of morality to others. A welcome and engaging sequel.