Anna and the Apocalypse is soon to hit theaters, and we were lucky enough to be given a review copy of the novel in preparation for the film’s release. Read on for our thoughts on the book!
Anna and the Apocalypse is a surprising novel. And I mean that in a good way. When you first think of a zombie novel, I’d imagine you, like me, instantly think of something very dramatic, sad, and scary. That’s not to say the novel isn’t those things, but it’s also more. There are a lot of components to the novel that I wasn’t quite expecting. For starters, the novel is also part comedy. It deviates from the traditional zombie stories in this way, and has more of a ‘Zombieland’ feel to it.
It’s also light. There are definitely your heart wrenching moments, a few deaths (this is a zombie apocalypse after all) that really feel like a kick to the stomach and will have you shedding a few tears, but the overall tone is much lighter than you would expect. The novel centers around Anna and her high school friends and takes place during Christmas time. I loved this added element to the story. It made it fun and unique, and certainly unheard of when paired with a zombie story.
The characters are well developed, and I like that they’re not all high school cliches. Anna is impressively mature and independent for a high schooler, and the story is richer with her as a protagonist. We also have a surprising antagonist (aside from the obvious zombies) that made for an excellent villain. Nothing quite like a zombie apocalypse to bring out the worst in people! The novel takes place only over a couple of days. Pardon my language, but shit hits the fan pretty quickly in a zombie apocalypse and I like how the novel really showed this. It made it feel more realistic. I hope it could also leave the door open for potential sequels. Fingers crossed!
I highly recommend picking up the novel before heading to theaters! You will devour it quickly, and enjoy a nice little escape. From what I’ve seen from the trailers, it looks to be a pretty faithful adaptation, and I can’t wait to see the characters come to life on the big screen!
The novel released in bookstores on October 23, 2018 with the film releasing on November 30, 2018!