Actual rating 4.5 stars. Such a unique little love story. I liked the fact that they could be or could not be zombies, but merely a symptom of something bigger that was wrong with society. (As zombies were meant to symbolize consumerism in the first place). Really appreciated the build in the relationship between our protagonist, R and his love interest, Julie - it might give some the impression of insta-love, but in actual fact, they grow from friendship, to trust, to fondness, to love and hope. Peter's (Julie's ex) brain is merely a catalyst of what is already inside of R, and the dreams/flashbacks are the conduit for R to work it all out and come to terms with his actions and what is happening to him (and to the same extent, the world). I was annoyed at the amount of daydreams and flashbacks - although they each dropped a small nugget of wisdom, they were getting a little tired in the plot. The older generations in this book, i.e. Julie's Dad and the Boneys stand for something about the old world... R and Julie stand for something new - well that's my interpretation. I did think towards the end the characters jumped around all over different locations a bit too much - it was difficult to picture the landscape because lengthy descriptions would've ruined the pace. Dark irony and comedy - brilliant sense of humour. Julie's swearing added some humanity, where I would normally be against superfluous profanity. But definitely recommend this to all my friends.