Sheri spends her days fighting zombies and her nights chained to a wall, earning her every breath by telling stories to her captor Aleksy—stories that make them both forget the ruined world. Sheri could put up with the conditions—at least she knows her sister is safe in the community Aleksy leads—until she realizes she’s falling for him…even though he wants her dead.
When Aleksy allowed Sheri and her sister into his compound, he didn’t know about the zombie bite on her back. It’s only a matter of time before she turns into one of the rising dead and threatens their existence, but Aleksy has a secret need for Sheri and her stories. For everyone’s safety, he chains her to his bedroom wall, hoping for just one more day. But how long will the community allow Aleksy to ignore his own rule: always kill the infected. Always.
I loved the idea of Arabian Nights mixed with end of the world zombie uprising. The protagonist, Sheri was a cool character and reminded me of Katniss from the Hunger Games – only with an edge to her that a YA character would be allowed.
I really enjoyed the book and managed to read it within 2 days. My only gripe is that it was over way too quick. I’m just hoping that this is the start of a longer series and that we might get a few more children’s classics tied into the zombie plot line – maybe a Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer zombie hunters sequel?
For a writer’s perspective it was a little jumpy in places, but I’m putting that down to it being a galley rather than the finished manuscript. However overall the pace was good and the writing intriguing. There were no massive info dumps and the past was cleverly weaved into the present to give you a completed story by the end. I would have preferred first person narrative from Sheri’s point of view rather than third person omnipotent, however this is just my opinion and purely based on the fact that Sheri was such a wonderful character that her voice would have given it more emotion and grit.
The front cover is beautiful and really captures the book well – I’m going to continue to say this but book covers are SO important in selling a book. No matter how many Sesame Street episodes or cartoons teaching us not to judge a book by its cover – we really all, deep down, do. Not politically correct I know, but the truth. Looking at the cover, I don’t think this will be a problem for Ruth Browne as I’m a notorious cover whore and it attracted me!
I’d give One Thousand and One Nights 4 out of 5 stars – a great zombie read which, for me, delivered more than Gena Showater’s ‘Alice in Zombieland’. It only lost a star because it felt like it should be a beautifully brilliant cog in a larger machine, so bring on the series!
Release date 30th September 2013.