Fourth book in a series about superheroes after the zombie Apocalypse.

Publication year: 2014
Format: Audio
Narrator: Jay Snyder
Running Time: 10 hrs, 42 m

This book is set in quite a different setting than the others, at least at first.

The prologue is about young woman in a wheelchair who is talking with her psychiatrist about her dreams, where she and almost everyone else are dead – but in a world where the undead are walking around.

Then we meet George Bailey who is a janitor at the local university. He sees strange dreams every night (they’re marked as “Then” chapters and are written in the first person POV). In those dreams he’s incredibly strong and fights monsters, sometimes side by side with other strange people. Then he starts to see people who lurch around looking pale, even corpse like, but surely that’s just a trick of the light… But then he starts to notice that he’s stronger than he should be and that he doesn’t get hurt easily. Or at all. And then, one of the students, Madeline, approaches him and tells him that everything is wrong, that the vast majority of people of the world are supposed to be dead, but that George and some other superheroes have gathered the survivors into a safe place. George thinks that she’s crazy but he can’t deny what strange things he’s seeing.

Yes, this book uses one of common sci-fi tropes and if you’ve read the series, it’s pretty easy to guess who is behind it. Unfortunately, I don’t care for this storyline. In fact, I’ve only seen the similar Buffy episode once and have no interest seeing it again. So, I was a bit anxious about listening this one. However, I ended up enjoying it a lot. There are some very familiar things in the book but they are twisted enough that I at least was mightily entertained.

The main POV character is George but there are a couple of other POV character, too, such as Lieutenant Freedom.

However, I was a bit disturbed by a scene in the third chapter where a man attacks a woman in broad daylight. He gropes her and rubs against her, but she doesn’t really seem to mind it; she only protests when he breaks her phone. Maybe that’s supposed to be an example of how screwed up this world is, but the scene is over quickly and it’s never mentioned again.

Otherwise, this is another enjoyable addition to the series.

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