Lies About Books: Life and Death

Hello and welcome back to Lies About Books, your Number One source for completely inaccurate book reviews! The month of November has just started, so it is time to review a book that I read in October.

In honour of the recent tenth anniversary of Stephenie Meyer‘s Twilight – a captivating tale of climate scientists and astronomers, together at last – I have decided to review her new reimagining of Twilight, Life and Death.

In Life and Death, Death is an avid climate scientist who comes to a small town in Washington state only to meet – and fall madly in love with – the mysterious Life. What Death does not know is the well-kept secret that Life is a zombie – a secret which Life’s whole adopted family shares and works hard at preserving. Life’s zombie family are interested in keeping up appearances, and maintaining their humanity. “I want to be more than a shambling mess of flesh and bones,” Life tells Death in one impassioned scene. Life’s family take frequent trips into the forests, feasting on the less-tasty but more humanitarian brains of the wildlife, to avoid becoming a menace to the town.

But when Death foresees a global climate disaster coming for humanity in the next thousand or so years, Death and Life must make a choice that could determine their existence together, and the fate of Life’s secret, for all of eternity.

Life and Death is a literary masterpiece, more for the author’s creative and fastidious avoidance of any pronouns to describe the pointedly agendered Life and Death, than for the sweet, if trite romance portrayed. I recommend the book wholeheartedly to anyone interested in climate change, the undead, or deus ex machina endings.


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