Ljubuncic’s focus on the humanz remaining humanity without glossing over the messy facts of rotting flesh and a bloody diet makes Decay a uniquely contemplative zombie story. The compassion and level-headedness of the unnamed leader of the humanz makes her easy to relate to while her dark humour adds bite to the narrative. The various methods employed by the humanz to extend their lives and the grim realities of their condition adds interest as Ljubuncic builds tension around the mystery of the stolen weapon. There are no clear and obvious ‘right’ choices in Decay, not when there are so many threats and character motivations to untangle. Decay tells a riveting story while adding an original take on zombies to this genre.
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