October 30th, 2010
In the city of Stockholm, the power grid has gone out of control. Electrical appliances won’t shut off and the high-pitched whine from the uncontrolled current drops the city’s inhabitants to their knees with unbearable headaches. And then…it’s over. Or so it seems. As people pick themselves back up, one more side effect becomes apparent.
The dead have begun to come back to life.
David, a wildly grieving husband still by the side of a hospital bed in which his wife Eva has only just died following a car accident, is shocked and terrified when she opens her one remaining eye and attempts to croak his name, despite the huge hole in her chest and the piece of her head that is no longer attached. Mahler, an aging, overweight journalist rushes to the graveyard in which his grandson Elias was recently buried and desperately digs up the partly mummified…but horribly animated…corpse of the little boy, taking him home to Mommy. Elvy, a psychic grandmother and Flora, her equally psychic though emotionally disturbed granddaughter, are shocked when the corpse of Granddad comes knocking at their door, pretending to be alive—though the deeply religious Elvy believes the Resurrection has come.
Unlike a gory Romero-type zombie movie, these undead—or “reliving,” as they are dubbed—do not hunger for brains. They barely do anything at all unless prompted by outside influences or situations. Much more of the focus of this novel is upon just how the government might actually react to a plague of undeath, and, more than that, how the families of those resurrected would cope with or feel about their loved ones coming back to them in such grossly altered form.
Slow-paced, but burning with tension under the surface, this is a thoughtful novel. Those looking for mile-a-minute chills and gooey zombie slayings will be mostly disappointed. Those looking for a reinvention of the zombie genre along the lines of the author’s earlier reinvention of the vampire genre will find much of interest.
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