Eat Brains Love by Jeff Hart deviates slightly from my preferred zombie genre. Sure it is a survival story and yes there is lots of gore; only, in this book, it is the zombies on the run and zombies as the main characters.
Jake is stoner and a gamer. He admits that sitting on his couch alone playing video games was the perfect way to spend his last night as a human. Amanda is the super-hot cheerleader who barely knows his name. After they devour most of their friends in the high school cafeteria, they are dependent on each other. Meanwhile, Cass is a government employed psychic on a special team to seek out and destroy zombies--and create cover-ups for their actions. Thus, Jake and Amanda's feeding frenzy is explained away as a school shooting.
Alternating from Jake to Cass's perspective, I really wanted to like this book. It started our hilariously and the following line are why:
"You'd be surprised how much you end up thinking about that stuff when you don't really eat anymore. Not the meat really. I get plenty of that. It's the spicy crispy breaking or the hard taco shells you miss. Raw human flesh just lacks the finer preparation techniques of fast food," (Hart, p.5).
Unfortunately, I found several of the character or perceptions of the characters stereotypical and somewhat sexist. And yes, I am pretty sure this is only book 1.
That being said, there will be a following for this book and I am sure teen readers will want to get their hands on a copy. I gave it 3 stars because I did actually enjoy the plot.