Fab Word Friday – Anabiosis

After all the fun we had during Arlee Bird’s A-Z Challenge back in April, I have decided to continue featuring fabulous words that tickle my fancy on Fridays.  To kick us off, we’re going to talk about Anabiosis.


I’m reading THE DEAD-TOSSED WAVES by Carrie Ryan, which is the awesome second book of THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH series.  For those of you who are not aware, these books are about romance and strife set in a post-apocalyptic dystopian America where the people’s lives are ruled by their fear of succumbing to anabiosis.  In other words, they are afraid being infected and turning into ZOMBIES!

Anabiosis is defined as coming back to life after an apparent death, or a death-like condition. Granted, it is meant as a term for use in biology to describe certain plants that can survive for many years in a state of dry dormancy, only to be revived when the rains come.  But I think it should also apply to the zombie resurrection.

I am not normally a fan of zombie stories, and had I known what these books were about I might have passed on them for that reason alone.  As I talk about these books with friends, I realize that lots of people feel this way and will shun a book simply because it might be about zombies. Well, Zombies are not to be pushed aside!  As one of the converted, let me say that I am glad I picked these books up.

Ryan never once uses the word zombie in these books, interestingly.  In book one they are called the unconsecrated. In book 2 they are known as mudo. In both cases, the stories are definitely about life after a devastating zombie apocalypse, but they are so much more than that.  If you like YA Romance and can dig dystopian settings, I urge you to pick these up.

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