Girls Save The World In This One
by Ash Parsons
June’s whole life has been leading up to this: ZombieCon, the fan convention celebrating all things zombies. She and her two best friends plan on hitting all the panels, photo ops, and meeting the heartthrob lead of their favorite zombie apocalypse show Human Wasteland.
And when they arrive everything seems perfect, though June has to shrug off some weirdness from other fans—people shambling a little too much, and someone actually biting a cast member. Then all hell breaks loose and June and her friends discover the truth: real zombies are taking over the con. Now June must do whatever it takes to survive a horde of actual brain-eating zombies—and save the world.
Look at the cover. LOOK AT IT.
RATING: 🌟🌟🌟🌟⭐ 4.3
WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! ABORT IF YOU HAVENT READ IT YET!
Let me preface this by saying... I truly enjoy reading ya survival books because, duh. An amazing heroine fighting against the odds in an unforgettably epic environment, what are you waiting for? Sign me up! But apart from me liking those books I’ve never given space to, let’s say, zombie-ish action in my book nerd life. A zombie by dictionary definition is “a corpse said to be revived by witchcraft” which in my book is not my cup of tea. But the OTHER type of zombie is the infected people one. Now that is appealing to me. To read, not to experience, obviously *full-body shiver*. The infected which have a virus that eats their brain goo for some reason is creepy but not dead-people-walking creepy. From the beginning, we get introduced with a trio of friends that absolutely stole my heart from the first few sentences. June, Imani, and Siggy are one of my dream squads apart from the ones in The Gray Wolves series. Their banter and their love for each other was clearly evident and I live for that kind of sisterhood. Now, we’re going to forget about the other friend, the One who literally destroyed her relationship with the girls because of a boy. A boy who doesn’t know how to differentiate his hair gel from his toothpaste. So yeah, they might’ve gotten over their dispute after the whole ZA but I ain’t forgiving that leech for now. Let’s talk about the main character, dear June, she was adorable and exactly how I would be under the circumstance of meeting one of my tv crushes. She’s awkward, funny, witty and the epitome of cringe-worthy introductions. When the girls first meet Hunter and scream their heads off? That I can absolutely relate to. When June meets James Cooper and makes us feel second-hand embarrassment was one of the proudest moments I had as an avid book lover. I don’t know, I guess weirdness makes them more relatable in my opinion. Okay, skip forward to the actual infected people apocalypse which we’ll call IPA for my finger's sake. I kid you not, my heart was pounding and sweat was clogging up my veins as the public was attacked and turned into IP, the girls fight and my heart warmed at the sight. Then Imani and June escape from behind the curtains because they’d gotten separated from Siggy and she who must not be named. Then the duo meets up with some of the actors of the ZA show which in turn sets an avalanche of me crushing on Linus who later gets killed. Gosh, I just loooove when that happens. Love. It. Like I previously said, they kill Linus but there’s always a silver lining isn’t there? So, fortunately, we get Hunter. Beautifully plush Hunter. Let’s just say I'm not mad about Linus's replacement. Things move along, they fight, they bleed, they cry. You know, the basic elements of every story in which the author loves killing off characters. You, Ash Parsons, killed an old lady. I hope your conscience is keeping you awake for that. And what in the world is wrong with authors who write 300 to 400-page book when the whole story requires at least 500 pages worth of words which make our lives a bit more pleasant in the wake of dear old COVID-19. These books show that at least there are worst things. Wait, no, scratch that. COVID-19 can take it’s flee infested, bacteria infused, waste of CO2 self to another humanly abused biome. I had hoped to have seen Hunter and June’s relationship grow and flourish while making my heart swoon every step of the way. The world building was likable, the characters were unquestionably human, with their faults and their awesome banter. Them fighting the IP was a gift to my action deprived soul. Which you can let it be action-free, honestly. Last year people wished to be together as a family and feel closer to nature and whatnot. So here ya go, your wishes have been fulfilled. This, dear authors, is your chance to write as many books as your heart desires and if your heart does not desire it then think about us. Don't be rude. My memory space needs more fictional boyfriends to spend time with.
Especially ones like Hunter Sterling and James Cooper. Those had a beautiful bromance from what was mentioned in their short conversations.
When June gets stuck with Hunter in a security camera closet and have the cutest convo ever.
Cuellar being an annoying, racist alien and then sacrificing himself for his friends. Cue tears, please.
The girl's fearlessness was absolutely inspiring.
And can we tak about the cover for a sec? It is beautiful. No segregation. Love it.
I thank you, Ash Parsons, for giving us the opportunity to enjoy this happy-ish rom-com which I hope you're writing a second part for. I need Linus back. Seriously. And the old lady too. This story was a fast-paced, action-packed journey. Also, it left me feeling sleep deprived because I being the smart person that I am, read it till 1 in the morning which my future self loves to remind me that it was a mistake.