A couple years ago, Kerry Nietz wrote Amish Vampires in Space. It started out as a joke with his publisher but ended up as a really good space adventure. So why not write a sequel? Nietz has followed up AViS with Amish Zombies from Space. This story, primarily based on a new Amish settlement planet, introduces a new peril to the Amishers: zombies.
AZfS takes place a few years after the events of AViS. Some of the Amishers from Resolve have settled in on Miller's Crossing, reestablishing their community. A mysterious ship lands, bringing with it a new threat that reminds them of the vampires they faced on the Raven. But this time it's different.
As he did in AViS, Nietz takes familiar sci-fi/horror themes and shapes a fresh and original story. Flesh-eating zombies? Yawn. But Nietz turns the zombie cliche on its head (in a way that I won't go into in the interest of not giving away spoilers. . . .). Amish Zombies is solid sci-fi with well-written action scenes and a great story. While not the focus of the book, Nietz also engages faithfulness to Amish values, challenges to living the Christian life, and the call to live as a witness to people around us. I know, you don't often see that in a sci-fi novel!
Readers who liked AViS won't be disappointed with the follow-up. Although it stands alone, there are enough ties to AViS that I would recommend reading AViS before reading Amish Zombies from Space. Nietz's voice is original and welcome. Amish Zombies is listed as Book 2 in the "Peril in Plain Space" series. I hope to see a book 3!
2016 Reading Challenge: A Christian novel