I’m excited to be a part of today’s blog book tour. Today, I am reviewing Undead Ultra by Camille Picott – on the fifth and final day of the blog book tour hosted by R&R Book Tours. It’s been a little while since my last blog book tour, the last one was back in February with The Vatican Games. There should be just a few book reviews coming to An Ocean Glimmer in the next couple of months – I’m excited to share these with you!
Before we start my review and what I thought, let’s read the book bio for background context.
Undead Ultra? Let me tell you a little bit about it;
Undead: a reanimated corpse with a craving for human flesh. Ultramarathon: any footrace longer than a traditional marathon (26.2 miles).
For ultrarunners Kate and Frederico, a typical Saturday morning is spent pounding out a twenty- to thirty-mile “fun run.” It’s during one of their runs that an insidious illness descends upon northern California, turning humans into flesh-shredding zombies. When Kate receives a desperate call from her son, Carter, she and Frederico flee their hometown and set out to help him.
The only problem? Carter attends college over two hundred miles away and the freeways – clogged with car wrecks, zombies, and government blockades – are impassable. Running back roads and railroad tracks become their only means of travel, but neither of them has ever run so far before. As pain, injuries, hunger, and fatigue plague them, getting to Carter and staying alive seem impossible.
It’s either outrun the undead or become one of them, and for Kate, death is not an option.
This is such a weird mixture – extreme distance runners dealing with the zombie apocalypse – what’s not to love!? What do you do when the undead want to kill you, the military has all the highways blocked, and your loved ones are 100+ miles away? You gather up supplies, and start running! I’m not a massive fan of running, I’ve tried it but it’s not for me, but it really works as a genre.
Of course, the real reason I picked up this book was for the zombie apocalypse aspect, I am a big sucker for zombie books! But one thing this book made me realise, I will not be able to outrun any zombies, I can barely walk up the stairs without losing my breath. I continued reading this book because the characters are great, Camille did a really good job describing them.
Kate is definitely a different kind of character, you would never normally see someone like her in a zombie apocalypse story. She’s a typical suburban mum and it’s great to see how she reacts. You can definitely root for and empathize with her. I am very specific when it comes to books, if I don’t enjoy it within the first couple of pages, I will not continue reading.
I’m very glad to say I continued with this book and fell in love! The pacing was perfect, there was a good mixture of action, suspense and self-reflection – what else could you ask for? This book is definitely different from your normal zombie apocalypse stories and I’ve read a few over the years. As you know, I never give too much away in my book reviews, so you just have to go and read this yourself to truly understand.
How about a little about the author, Camille Picott;
Camille Picott has been writing stories from the End of the World since she figured out how to turn on her family’s Apple IIe computer and wrangle a floppy disk into the drive. She loves nothing more than penning an epic action scene or pushing a character to his limits.
When Camille isn’t writing or spending time with her family, she loves to run absurdly long distances. It’s not unusual to find her hitting the trail in her running shoes long before the sun rises or cranking out miles (and stories!) on her treadmill desk. She considers sleep optional and largely overrated.
There are a lot of bloggers on the book blog tour so I would love for you to check out their reviews! You can do this by following R&R Book Tours on Twitter, as she will be retweeting the reviews. As well as clicking through the links below in the Blog Tour Schedule, there is a range of reviews and excerpts to check out:
Monday 11 May
Tuesday 12 May
Wednesday 13 May
Thursday 14 May
Friday 15 May
Please give some love to Camille Picott and if you can not wait any longer to read it for yourself, you can buy Undead Ultra to read in Ebook (Kindle Format) or Paperback from Amazon. You can also find it on Goodreads now!
I hope you have enjoyed this little review! I highly recommend Undead Ultra if you love all things zombies.
Love Gemma x
*Thank you R&R Book Tours for hosting Undead Ultra Blog Tour. The eBook was kindly sent to me for free, in return for an honest review. The featured image was sent to me in the Media Pack, for more information please see my About Page.