One Thousand and One Nights
Author: Ruth Browne
Publisher: Entangled Publishing/Ever After
Date of Publication: September 30, 2013
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 really did like this quick little read. I liked the inclusion of the Scherezade-type story-telling and how Sheri keeps herself and her little sister alive throughout the course of the book. I get the paranoia that surrounds the compound, given the whole zombie thing. What I never fully understand, and maybe it’s not really explained anywhere, is just why Sheri never is consumed by the zombie infection despite the bites she has taken.
Aleksy is a bit of an ass, keeping Sheri chained up the way he does, but it makes sense if he’s afraid she could go zombie at any moment. And, ultimately, they find their way to a resolution and they find themselves romantically involved, but I’m not sure I could call this a happily ever after. More of a happily for now sort, because in a world like the one they exist in, can love be forever?
So, I don’t really have too much to say about this other than I enjoyed it. Hopefully we’ll have more books set in this world. I’m apparently on a bit of a zombie kick, given I have another zombie book from Entangled to review. Heh.
Thank you Entangled and Ms. Browne for letting me read this.
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.