Review + Giveaway: Turning by Melinda Chapman

Title: Turning
Author: Melinda Chapman
Publication: April 16th 2012
Received: Bought on Kindle
Links: Goodreads
Rating: 5 out of 5

Blurb: TURNING, a dystopian novella, tells a vivid story of human transformation. Sometimes our greater humanity is found when we face the monster within…

My thoughts: So I was on an Indie book hunt on twitter and Ciara suggested this one to me. It’s a short, quick read because it’s only 51 pages, and when I read the blurb on Amazon I was like, OMG must read this now!

The story turned out to be decent. Mari has been bitten by a zombie, her arm is entirely infected. She’s in Melbourne, Australia, and she’s screwed. She knows the rules, the symptoms, and she’s counting down the hours while also trying to survive.

It again wasn’t what I expected. I thought time would move slower, but it sped right past us and didn’t adequately explain the reason why Mari wasn’t experiencing more symptoms. There was a cop out reason offered by the end of the book which didn’t satisfy me, but this was Melinda’s fiction and what she wanted to do and I can respect that.

My favorite scene was when she first found Andy. The way she tried to conceal what was happening to her was brilliant. He was the only human she had seen in days and he had every right to kill her. He didn’t of course, which was great.

This short story is a one off, not part of a series, there’s no chance for a series based on the ending, and it is a different look at zombies, from the perspective of someone becoming a zombie, not just someone killing them. It’s sort of a what would you do if you were bitten story. It also reminded me a bit of District 9, if you remember that movie. There was a lot more that could have happened in it, but I was happy with the overall choices that Mari made, even if the last one left me a bit hollow.

If you want a short, quick, zombie story that twists things up a bit, this is a good one to try. I also have a copy to giveaway so if you want one, enter via rafflecopter below! a Rafflecopter giveaway