Moving Forward by Jamie Lackey is a novella about what happens after the zombie plague has been controlled and life needs to start moving on. I love the unique premise and I also love a main character who is a middle-aged veteran of the zombie war, black, and bisexual. Corinne is brave and kind and really tired of dealing with zombies. I’m not normally a fan of zombie stories, so believe it when I say this is a novella not to miss if you are even slightly intrigued ;-).
Note: I received an advanced copy of Moving Forward from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.
Moving Forward by Jamie Lackey
Published by Author on March 1st, 2016
Genres: Adult, Novella, Post Apocalyptic
Page Length: 70 pages
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Corinne survived the zombie apocalypse 30 years ago. After the dust settled, she got married, had kids, built a life. All of that is gone in an instant when a zombie attacks a city park. Corinne manages to protect her family, but the zombie bites her before it is taken down. She wakes up in one of the infected sanctuaries, where she'll have to build her life over again, knowing that at any moment she, or anyone around her, could become a monster.
- I really love the question of what happens after humanity has gotten through the apocalypse. Society hasn’t completely crumbled, though some territory was given up to the zombies, so now what? How does the government deal with things and keep everything functional for the survivors? Things are even more interesting since even once someone is bitten, they don’t necessarily turn into a true zombie immediately. If they can stay calm and remember themselves, they can stay pretty much human, though who knows for how long.
- Corrine is a fantastic main character. She is a person I would feel privileged to befriend and on top of that, she’s just the sort of intersectionally diverse character that I’ve been sorely wanting to see take center stage. There is a great moment when she reveals her bisexuality to another character and the other girl takes a minute to catch on, but then is just fine with it ;-). This is the kind of representation I want to keep seeing.
- Moving Forward is an indie-published novella, but this is one of the good ones. The writing is excellent, the editing is better than many big-pub books I’ve read, and the ideas are fresh.
- Finally, the main relationship on Moving Forward is one of my favorite things: genuine friendship between two women! Corrine has some romantic developments, but developing her new friendship with Nancy was the primary focus. Nancy is also a decade or two younger than Corrine, so friendship between generations was awesome.
- I loved everything about this novella except the ending felt weaker than it could have been. I kept wondering how things would be concluded and feel that it was left a bit too open. I like definitive endings though, and that might not have been completely appropriate for the focus on this story.
Moving Forward is a great zombie story and one to grab if you like the premise. It is high-quality with diverse characters and strong writing. I’m really excited to see what Lackey does next!
See for yourself!
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
Moving Forward by Jamie Lackey
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