by Jay Wilburn
Jessica Gomez started a very personal story of characters struggling to survive a deadly zombie apocalypse in what would become her signature series. Fans that have caught onto what Gomez is putting out there in the genre get hooked. Her writing and her take on zombies and her characters does not lose readers once she has them. I think that fact makes her books something powerful to feature for zombie fans.
You can see for yourself why this series and author are featured by beginning with Infected and then moving straight into her featured work for this tour, the second in the series, Immune. The series opens on Lillie with a new baby. The situation in a deadly world requires a new family which leads to James. From there, the drive for connection and family led to more characters and more complex relationships. The story has really done amazing things in just two books so far. This is a good time to jump into her series early.
The new characters are gradually redefining the series and there seems to be a set up in the works for some very interesting things for these characters in the future. Not every dynamic and reunion has been completely positive and this adds some great depth to the characters and the story.
Her mutation take on the zombie concept has played out in interesting ways. I don’t want to give away any secrets, but she has succeeded in putting her own twist on some old ideas for her story. In some ways, her zombie action is subdued compared to some other series. There is still plenty of danger, blood, and guts, but she has a different tone and touch to what she is doing with this series.
Much of her early influence and draw to the zombie genre came through movies. She watched any zombie flick she could get her hands on. She’s read the books as well and more so since she has become established as a writer in the genre herself. She’s a big fan of The Walking Dead franchise. Her favorite thing in a zombie book is to find new takes on the genre from skilled writers. She enjoys the Summer and Winter of Zombie tours every year for that reason.