Would You Survive a Zombie Apocalypse?

I’d like to think I would.  As a huge fan of The Walking Dead, hopefully I’ve learned some basic survival tactics.  My 13-year-old has read all the graphic novels to date of The Walking Dead and has his escape plan all worked out.  After gathering supplies – camping gear, food, weapons, etc. – he’d move to Canada.  Less population equals less zombies, wait it out a while, then take a another look after a few months and reevaluate.  Makes sense if you think about it.

My youngest son and I are also reading a YA trilogy about zombies.  The first in the series is Ashes and the 9975679second is Shadows, both by Ilsa J. Bick.  If you’ve never watched The Walking Dead or read zombie books, don’t be fooled.  It’s not just about cannibalism; it’s also about how far you’ll go to ensure survival for you and your loved ones, making hard/impossible choices, discovering your limits, and possibly losing your humanity along the way.  With some blood and guts thrown in.  At the beginning of Ashes, an electromagnetic pulse causes loss of all electronic devices and computerized systems, killing billions.  The MC, 17-year-old  Alex (a girl) is already dealing with issues no teenager should ever have to face.  After the EMP, she meets up with Tom, a young soldier, and Ellie, an 8-year-old child whose grandfather was killed by the EMP (pacemakers don’t work after EMP’s – something to think about), and they have to learn pretty quickly how to survive and who to trust, because some people aren’t quite human anymore and the world is no longer what it used to be.  You’re either one of The Spared or The Changed.  But some of The Spared can be even worse than The Changed.

I think the third book is due this fall and we’re anxious to see what happens.  In the meantime, if a zombie apocalypse happens, I guess you can look me up in Canada.

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