Author Paul Cristo
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Deadheading is a gardening term that refers to cutting dead flowers from a plant in order to encourage greater growth. The protagonists of this book, Lewis and Frankie, do a lot of literal deadheading when maintaining their gardens but also figurative when taking out the dead beat bad guys trying to keep society from healthy growth.
The novel takes place after a mysterious virus has wiped out nearly every population on the planet. The illness struck quick and killed even faster. Lewis survived by accident.
As a bit of a loner he simply stayed in his house until his food ran out. Upon finally stepping foot outside he realizes just how dire the situation is. He needs to adapt quickly and learn how to survive.
Lewis makes great use of the library and how to books. He studies his way into being a master at survival. Throughout the book he learns complicated subjects and creatively problem solves his way to victory over the menaces who only want to rule the survivors, not thrive with them.
Frankie becomes his partner in every way and together they dominate. Their relationship worked very well for me. Often in books where two people are kind of forced together through circumstance I don’t understand why they would get along except out of necessity. But with these two their chemistry works for me. It’s delightful.
They balance each other out and show how people can fill in the gaps of others. One person will be skilled in one way while another can pick up where the knowledge leaves off. It’s important for everyone to work together and value each other to get through tough times.
Deadheading is not a typical post apocalypse thriller. Although there is no shortage of action and some disturbing content it’s overal a more whimsical approach. There are even moments that I chuckled out loud at the sillier schemes these two come up with.
Author Cristo doesn’t dwell on the violence and depravity but chooses to instead highlight the levity of human nature. Most people are able to find humor in even the darkest times, Cristo shows it for us.
I’ve been surprised this year (good ol’ 2020) at how I could still enjoy books about the apocalypse. Sometimes the feelings hit a little close to home but I think it’s always nice to read about people overcoming. Especially when you can relate to what needs to be overcome.
I highly recommend Deadheading for your next apocalypse read. Perfect for a quiet day in quarantine.
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