Zombie Abbey is a young adult novel by Lauren Baratz-Logsted. I read this book a few months ago, but I am just getting around to reviewing it now. I found it on the new release shelf in the young adult section of my town library. It looked interesting, so I added it to my book pile.
As the title suggests, this book is a mashup of Downton Abbey and zombies. Basically, you have an aristocratic family in 1920s England with three teenage daughters facing a zombie outbreak. Unfortunately, this is a brand new scourge, so no one knows what to make of the mysterious happenings. The town doctor, in fact, insists that nothing is amiss, and any reports to the contrary are due to hysteria. The family and their guests- because of course they’re having a small house party- must join forces with the folk belowstairs before they are overwhelmed by the fast-moving outbreak.
This book was clever enough. I liked that the story started with the initial outbreak like The Walking Dead, leaving the characters having to scramble to make sense of changes they can’t comprehend. This is quite different from a book/movie like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, where the characters are quite familiar with the zombie scourge.
The story is fairly predictable, and characters, for the most part, behave as you’d expect them to, if you paid attention to their initial interactions.
I’d recommend Zombie Abbey, although I think it will appeal more to the genre’s target demographic than fans of Downton Abbey. All in all, however, this is a fun mashup, although the plot details are somewhat forgettable. I’ll certainly keep my eye out for more from Baratz-Logsted in the future.