EAT YOUR HEART OUT | Kelly deVos
06.29.2021 | Razorbill
Rating: 4/5 stars
Vivian Ellenshaw is fat, but she knows she doesn’t need to lose weight, so she’s none too happy to find herself forced into a weight-loss camp’s van with her ex-best friend, Allie, a meathead jock who can barely drive, and the camp owner’s snobby son. They arrive at Camp Featherlite at the start of the worst blizzard in the history of Flagstaff, Arizona, and it’s clear that something isn’t right here. A camper has gone missing and to make matters worse Vee has spotted something horrifying lurking outside in the snow. Something is very wrong and it’s not long before Camp Featherlite’s luxurious bungalows are totally overrun with zombies. What starts out as a mission to unravel the camp’s sketchy “miracle cure” turns into a desperate fight for survival.
EAT YOUR HEART OUT is an entertaining and satirical take on a modern zombie story taking place at a weight-loss camp for children of the ultra-rich. deVos smartly uses all of the zombie tropes to her favor, as she pokes fun at the sub-genre, while succeeding in creating her own version of undead fun. From the moment I picked this one up, I loved all of the characters and was fully invested in the chaos breaking out around them.
Told through alternating narratives of each member of our newly formed group of survivalists, EAT YOUR HEART OUT plays out through the eyes of everyone. While a zombie story is always going to be steeped in horror and creep factor, deVos wisely drops in humor and witty commentary from each narrator to keep the story light. EAT YOUR HEART OUT has been compared to Shaun of the Dead, which just happens to be an all-time favorite movie of mine, and I would have to say that the comparison is quite accurate for the vibe of this book. For those looking for a fun and wild zombie story, make sure you give this one a shot!
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