Saturday, February 8, 2014

What if you died over and over again? Dying for a Living by Kory M. Shrum #bookreview #amreading

Okay so this book isn't even going to be released until March 4th, but I was very graciously provided a review copy free of charge from the author - who is a really lovely, friendly woman by the way. She also just happens to be from Michigan - where I grew up and lived most of my life.

For me, genre is sometimes hard to define. Someone called this a zombie book - another called it urban fantasy. Someone else called it science fiction. There is a strong mystery element. I guess it is all of those and probably even more - but I just call it awesome. This is Kory's first novel and she's knocked it out of the park.

Jesse Sullivan is a Necronite - one of a small percentage of the population born with a genetic defect that causes her brain to jump start her body again after she dies. Most people that are Necronites live their entire lives not knowing they are - because you can't tell until you die - the first time. 

Jesse died as a teenager and was recruited by the government who had begun regulating Necronites and using them for profit in combination with A.M.P.s - left-over remote viewers that the military had experimented on. The remote viewers accurately predict when someone will die and you can buy the services of a Necronite who will die for you - for a large fee of course. 

But someone has started killing the Necronites - and making sure they stay dead. It's up to Jesse to figure out who, before she dies for good.

This is not your typical zombie story. Zombies aren't running around trying to eat you. You don't turn into one if you get bitten. Jesse and her co-workers just come back from the dead - over and over again.

It is complex but well told and there is almost no gore (Yay!). There is lots of government conspiracy stuff here, but the way Kory writes it it is very believable. Jesse is a fascinating and relatable character. She has secrets, and she has engaging friends who help her along the way, but there is also an element of not knowing quite who to trust. There is also a very believable love triangle that pulls at Jesse. I really loved this one.

I don't have a link for you because this one isn't out yet - but you are going to want to keep an eye out for it. It's a great read. I am already impatiently waiting for the next book in this series.And the beautiful Kory M. Shrum has allowed me to interview her. I will have that interview for you soon. Keep an eye out for it.

Are you intrigued? Would you enjoy a zombie story that isn't quite a zombie story?

Book Blurb:
On the morning before her 67th death, it is business as usual for Jesse Sullivan: meet with the mortician, counsel soon-to-be-dead clients, and have coffee while reading the latest regeneration theory. Jesse dies for a living, literally. As a Necronite, she is one of the population’s rare 2% who can serve as a death replacement agent, dying so others don’t have to. Although each death is different, the result is the same: a life is saved, and Jesse resurrects days later with sore muscles, new scars, and another hole in her memory.

But when Jesse is murdered and becomes the sole suspect in a federal investigation, more than her freedom and sanity are at stake. She must catch the killer herself—or die trying.

About the author:
Kory M. Shrum lives in Michigan with her partner and a ferocious guard pug. When not writing, she can be found teaching, traveling, and wearing a gi. Her poetry has appeared in North American Review, Bateau and elsewhere. Her first novel Dying for a Living will be released March 4, 2014.


  1. Thanks so much for this kind review! And yes, unfortunately there is no link. However, if they are on Goodreads, they can shelve the book "to read" here:

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    1. Excellent points! Thanks for sharing the links. And you are welcome for the review. It's a fantastic book.

  2. Of course I would it depends on the story of course but yes

    1. I think you would enjoy this one Jessica. Keep it on your radar. ;)