I mean, really, how interesting could slow moving brain eaters be? No real need to do any "character development" on a creature who might just shrug a limb off just as easily as you might sneeze.
But my milky white eyes have seen the light - and one of the main reasons are books like Napier has written. You see, the best of the zombie genre don't even really feature the zombies. Yes, they are there - and you can't really avoid talking about undead braineaters if they happen to have some role in your book - but that doesn't mean that everything focuses on them. To be fair to Napier - they aren't even really zombies, per se, - they are "afflicted". The cause of the end of the world - a cancer treatment gone really, really bad.
Dylan and his niece Aurellia are just a couple of survivors trying to make their way in this new world order. Is it OK to befriend other survivors, or should they be more feared than the afflicted themselves?
This book has it all: zombies that seems to be able to "evolve", bad guys that are looking to make a bad situation good for themselves, survivors willing to take risks and sacrifice everything for a chance to leave their world just a little nicer place, and harrowing escapes (for some characters - not all).
If you've never given the zombie genre a chance - sit down, buy this book, and get ready to feast on some brains. You won't regret it!