In my endless search for something new (and relatively cheap) to read, I came across INFEC†IOUS by Elizabeth Forkey. The basic idea was to combine a Rapture-based End-Times apocalypse as in the famous Left Behind with the currently trendy zombie apocalypse. Zombie-ish, anyway. Elizabeth Forkey’s blog.
It follows the story of Ivy, a teenage Christian girl living in a Christian enclave, surrounded by zombies. The zombies are not Walking Dead type zombies— they are alive, physically at least, but infected by a disease that rots their bodies while they are yet alive. Only acceptance of Jesus Christ as their Savior can save them— but the majority of zombies want nothing to do with Christ.
Ivy goes through teen-girl stuff including a highly inappropriate romance, tries to keep the faith, and suffers a tragic loss. And when the book ends, her story will go on as there’s a sequel.
There are flaws in this book— many lapses in proofreading including unnecessary apostrophes, which I call ‘apostrophe atrocities’. And yet Mrs. Forkey pulled me into her story and kept me hooked in spite of the flaws. There is significant (Evangelical) Christian content in the book which helps balance out the teenage angst. I would recommend this book to anyone whose church teaches the Rapture theory of the End Times.
For Catholics like myself and for Christians from other churches who don’t accept the Rapture doctrine there may be some concerns about recommending the book to the theologically unsophisticated. But the answer, I believe, is not to reject Mrs. Forkey’s book, but to become better informed on one’s church’s teachings. I list some books below for those wanting to be Rapture-knowledgeable.
All-in-all, I consider this book a great summer read for teenagers and the young-at-heart, and essential reading for those who love zombie fiction and/or End Times fiction.
Questions: Do you read zombie fiction? What’s your favorite zombie novel? What about Christian End-Times fiction? What do you think of the idea of combining the two?
Tim LaHaye: No Fear of the Storm (Evangelical, pro-Rapture)
David B. Currie: Rapture: The End-Times Error That Leaves the Bible Behind (Catholic, anti-Rapture)
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