Only Dead On The Inside by James Breakwell | ARC Review

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Only Dead On The Inside by James Breakwell, on my iPad with a first aid kit, torch and skulls.

3.5 Stars


Only Dead On The Inside: A Parent’s Guide To Surviving The Zombie Apocalypse is written by comedy writer James Breakwell, who became internet famous through his Twitter @XplodingUnicorn where he posts about his family. He became well known when one of his tweets went viral after being shared in a Buzzfeed article. Which is probably when I discovered James’s writing. I am definitely a fan of his Twitter, it is always amusing reading about the antics of his family, even if its been exaggerated.

So for anyone familiar with James Breakwell’s social media, this book is exactly what you would expect.

‘There are plenty of guides out there about how to survive the zombie apocalypse. All of them assume readers are young, fit, and unencumbered by children. In that scenario, the only living humans left will be smug, outdoorsy Millennials. That’s hell on earth, even without the zombies. Only Dead on the Inside is the answer for the rest of us.

Only Dead on the Inside blends traditional parenting advice with zombie survival tips, bringing together two totally unrelated genres in a book no one asked for but everyone needs.

If you want to make sure your family is apocalypse-ready, Only Dead on the Inside is your best–and only–chance at survival. No pressure, but if you don’t read this book, your children will die.’ – Summary from Goodreads.

This book is really funny, which seems like a silly thing to say about a comedy book. But it really was, and I loved the additions of the little comics, and various infographics which were solid jokes on their own.

This book is basically a step by step guide, with each chapter building on from the last, with genuine problems that parents will face once the zombie apocalypse is upon us, and how to handle situations like time outs (which is hilarious). Because even though I’ve never given it much thought, attempting to raise small children and keep them alive during any apocalypse, let alone one with flesh hungry zombies, is no easy feat.

My favourite chapters would be: Eat or Be Eaten (who hasn’t enjoyed a freezer party after a power outage), What’s Yours is Mine (especially the future currency of the apocalypse), and Hide and Go Weep (because I was always the best hider in my family even with my height disadvantage).

Overall, this is a brilliantly funny book, with a fresh take on the zombie apocalypse which is not something you come by very often. I will be recommending this to friends to pack in their zombie apocalypse preparedness kits for sure.
(Also how great and relevant in today’s society is the below quote!)

“Next, check the news. That term is misleading. As anyone who has ever watched or read this it knows, there is very little news in the news.”

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One comment on “Only Dead On The Inside by James Breakwell | ARC Review

  1. i hadn’t heard of this till now and it sounds really fun, thank u for sharing ive added it ot my wishlist :’)

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