Badass Moms in the Zombie Apocalypse • 2020 • Post-apocalypse short story by Rae Carson

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Synopsis: Brit, her wife Marisol, and her mother Eileen survive the Zombie apocalypse as members of a group of women. Brit is about giving birth which makes the Zombies restless: they smell blood and a newborn will cause a rampage. That’s why Brit and Marisol have to leave the enclave and go to a safe haven in form of a shipping container.

They lock inside, but outside the zombies are already waiting. Will they go away?

Review: The short story here has been nominated for this year’s Nebula Award season (check out the list with references to online available stories and my reviews).

It is full of tension, a short, enjoyable read, raising questions like “Is it selfish to have a baby in these final days?”

The story is narrated straight forward, targeting for the punch. An ugly last minute deus-ex-machina shook me out of this world and cost the story one star.

The story is good enough for a short read, but it won’t last. People have enjoyed it, though, as it was in Uncanny’s top five favorite fiction readers’ poll, loosing only to Martha Wells’s Salt Witch. Your mileage might vary, so check it out!

Meta: isfdb. Available online at Uncanny. Nominated for the Nebula Award.

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5 Responses to Badass Moms in the Zombie Apocalypse • 2020 • Post-apocalypse short story by Rae Carson

  1. Thanks for sharing! I’ve already bookmarked this one, since I can hardly resist when I see the words “zombie apocalypse”… 😉

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    • Andreas says:

      I‘m not a fan of that subgenre but I know that it’s irresistible for a lot of people. Walking Dead, Last Days of Us come to mind. I didn’t engage into those but read „I am Legend“ (which isn’t zombie exactly). What’s your favorite?

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      • Even though it’s about vampires (another of my favorite tropes – although I wonder what that says about me – LOL) I consider Matheson’s I Am Legend one of the milestones of the genre. The Walking Dead was an interesting show until it became too violent: after the first episode in… season 7, I think, I decided to stop watching, but I still “enjoy” a good zombie story 😉

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  2. Jeanne says:

    I liked Badass Moms okay, but I really like The Salt Witch. Thanks!

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