Book Review

REVIEW: Highway Bodies

January 27, 2020
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Highway Bodies Young Adult Horror Echo Publishing Paperback 376 pages

Who will you rely on in the zombie apocalypse?


Bodies on the TV, explosions, barriers, and people fleeing. No access to social media. And a dad who’ll suddenly bite your head off – literally. These teens have to learn a new resilience…

Members of a band wield weapons instead of instruments.

A pair of siblings find there’s only so much you can joke about, when the menace is this strong.

And a couple find depth among the chaos.

Highway Bodies is a unique zombie apocalypse story featuring a range of queer and gender non-conforming teens who have lost their families and friends and can only rely upon each other.

My Thoughts:

This book, was my top pick for the first book to read of the year, one because it was hella queer but also because it had been on my to-read list for so long. Boy howdy did it serve up all my dreams and hopes. First off, sorry cis men but none of the ones we meet survive the novel. I loved so many little bits of this book it really is hard for me to break down to a coherent review.

I loved the diversity not only racially but gender identity and sexuality which was nice. I think the hard part is the book is three stories woven through a world that converge like three streams into a river at the end. My favourite of these tells the story of a trans girl (whose name is revealed in the final chapter so I won’t spoil that) who is only socially transitioned. At first, her chapters were hard to read because they were written rather phonetically, but let me just say this is some of the most authentic and wonderful trans girl rep I have ever read. We see her knocking heads of zombies and not being afraid when her body starts to muscle out. She wasn’t high strung and ashamed of sex (there is even a pregnancy scare with her cis girlfriend). For the first time in 38 years, I was there on a page, it could be me.

More than a zombie story this was a book about friends, found family and the community we create. I loved the three different levels of knowledge that each perspective brought with it. I liked that instead of trying to figure out how/why the zombies were about the story focused on the survival of these three groups of friends and their way forward through this all. But my favourite thing about the whole book was that it showed a bigger and scarier monster than zombies in the post-apocalyptic world…. straight people.

Is it too early to pick the best book of the year? I guess I will have to wait to read Euphoria Kids to see.

I give Highway Bodies:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Highway Bodies by Alison Evans was released 1st February 2019 by Echo Publishing. You can purchase your own copy at Mighty Ape, Whitcoulls, Booktopia, or wherever you like to purchase books.

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  • Reply Sue - doddyaboutbooks January 27, 2020 at 8:38 pm

    Yay! I’m so glad you loved it! Great review!

  • Reply littlemissstar55 January 28, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    Let’s be real – more cis het men need to just straight up die in books. It makes everything better!
    Your thoughts on this are just so incredible. And I am so happy for you to have finally seen yourself represented in a good way in a book. That means so much to me for you.
    While I’m not going to read this one, I will absolutely recommend it to people!
    Lovely review, Brooklynne! 💜

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