Review: Queens of the Apocalypse by Rob Rosen

April 12, 2014 Review 1

Review: Queens of the Apocalypse by Rob Rosen

Take three fierce drag queens, plus their undead drag sister, a massive solar flare, and a few billion hungry zombies, toss in the remnants of the U.S. Army and a hysterically funny, frequently-poignant cross-country trip, add a spicy dash of sizzling romance and a helping of mystery and suspense, and what you wind up with is the deliciously campy Queens of the Apocalypse.

Title: Queens of the Apocalypse
Author: Rob Rosen
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Shakespearerotica: Queering the Bard
Published by Wilde City Press
Source: Publisher
Published: 29 January 2014
Genres: Apocalypse, Male Male Romance
Pages: 230
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Stars: five-stars
Flames: three-flames

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I started this book: but the forward by Sister Roma barely hints at the fun to be found inside: after her helpful ‘hints and tips for dealing with Drag Queens”.

Kit, Blondella and Destiny are all performing their pre-show ritual before the walk-in-freezer now dressing room becomes overrun with too many drag queens and not enough mirrors. A giant ‘boom’ sounds – and what they at first believe is an earthquake turns out to be so much more.

A refugee from the devastation outside enters the club, gun drawn, planning to drink and then grab the cash.  The boom – was a solar flare, and the irradiated dead are now reanimating as zombies: hungry zombies.    What follows as these fearsome friends search for somewhere safe is a zombie apocalypse like no other I have seen.  It takes a clever hand to mix the gore and ick of zombies that are hell-bent on their next meal with the outrageous banter of drag queens, a quick cameo by Cher, an army camp, water pistols and Bob Mackie dresses, but Rob Rosen does that and more.

Told in Destiny’s point of view: the story does not miss the opportunity to have poignant scenes directed to loss and questions about the future,  In fact, the sheer determination of these three and the constant reliance on their bond, even to include a zombie-fied member of the ‘club’ and giving her a moment with a Bob Mackie dress, wig and spotlight have you flipping between admiration and sheer hilarity.  Over the top doesn’t approach the gusto with which the characters approach every situation: fierce is not just a word, it is their motto.

We journey cross country with this motley bunch, as they battle zombies with water pistols, icecubes, salt and sheer determination, picking up new members of the posse as they wind their way from San Francisco through Kansas and on to New York.   If you want something that is completely out of the normal zombie story – this is the one to grab: you will adore the heart and humor contained in these pages.  I have already recommended this title to several people, and it will continue to stay on my ‘you should read this’ list for a while.

 

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One Response to “Review: Queens of the Apocalypse by Rob Rosen”

  1. Denise Z

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts. This looks like a really fun read and is new to me, will definitely be hopping over to check out more 🙂