Your Servants and your People is part two of a zombie story, but it’s a zombie story with a difference.
In Your Brother’s Blood, (Book One of the Walkin’ trilogy) author David Towsey established a future post apocalyptic world where humanity appeared to have regressed to a point similar to that of the American Old West at the time of the American Civil War, but with a big difference: when people die, some of them come back. However these Walkin’ were not the shuffling brain eating zombies of the Romero mythos, they came back as themselves. No longer needing food, sleep or water. Some, like Thomas McDermott, were still driven to care for their living families, but this went against the teachings of the local religious leaders, who believed that the only good Walkin’ is a dead Walkin’.
Your Servants and Your People follows the McDermott family as they head out ‘West’ to escape persecution in the company of five soldiers who have been sent out to relieve Fort Wilson. Leaving the McDermott’s to set up their farmstead the soldiers find Fort Wilson abandoned, food rotting in the storerooms and not a soul living or dead about. Then the southern Redcoats attack. Only one soldier ‘lives’ to get to wait and see which of his former friends come back.
Having not read the first book in the series, my initial reaction to Your Servants and Your People was: “Oh no not another bloody zombie book!”, however I was intrigued by the world Towsey had created and the way that he turned the perceived zombie mythos on its head. In Towsey’s world the Walkin’ are no different to the living, if anything they seem more thoughtful and caring than the average human, the real villains are the religious crazies who justify their prejudice and cruelty by referencing the ‘Good Book’.
A thought provoking but fucked up Little House on the Prairie, I give Your Servants and Your People a 444/666.
Your Servants and Your People is available from Jo Fletcher Books price £14.99.
Review by Simon Ball