Review: Allison Hewitt is Trapped by Madeline Roux

Allison Hewitt is Trapped
By Madeline Roux
340 Pages
Published by St. Martin’s Press

“One woman’s story as she blogs – and fights back – the zombie apocalypse”

Allison Hewitt and her five colleagues at the Brooks and Peabody Bookstore are trapped together when the zombie outbreak hits. Allison reaches out for help through her blog, writing on her laptop and utilizing the military’s emergency wireless network (SNET). It may also be her only chance to reach her mother. But as the reality of their situation sinks in, Allison’s blog becomes a harrowing account of her edge-of-the-seat adventures (with some witty sarcasm thrown in) as she and her companions fight their way through ravenous zombies and sometimes even more dangerous humans.

Allison Hewitt is Trapped is written as a series of blog entries culled by a professor who is submitting them for consideration for a book celebrating the heroes of “The Outbreak” on its 100th anniversary. I really enjoyed this format, though I wasn’t sure if I would at first. Most chapters consist of Allison’s blog entry and then comments that follow from other survivors.

The best part of this book BY FAR is Allison herself. She is quite probably one of the most kickass female heroines of any book I’ve ever read. I actually really hate the phrase “Girl Power” but Allison is Girl Power personified. Not only is she cool in a crisis and a smart decision maker, she also has a serious mean streak and a brutal side, which I was glad for. Frankly it makes it more believable to me that a person with those qualities would survive something like a zombie apocalypse than a weak, passive person would. Allison has no compunction about not only killing zombies, but also handing out some justice to the human survivors who wrong her. If I was going to survive a zombie apocalypse, I would hope to be just like Allison. Or at least, to team up with her.

Though it is definitely a zombie book, it’s not solely about the zombies. There’s a lot of focus on the human relationships between the survivors, some of which are more complicated than others. And it deals with the way that different people handle terrible situations – some turn to religion (some of which in turn become scary cults), some give up and wait to die, some become criminals and turn on their own kind, and some learn how strong they are through adversity. Allison is one of the latter. Her main quest throughout the book is to find her mother, who is suffering from cancer. She gets some information that leads her on a road trip across the country, where she encounters many different types of people. Some become friends, some become mortal enemies, but all are highly entertaining.

If you’re looking for a zombie book with a seriously strong female lead character and a lot of tense & bloody situations, particularly one that is written in a non-traditional style, I really recommend giving this one a go.

4.25/5 Stars

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