Book One – DEADLANDS
Ten years after Cape Town was destroyed in the War with the living dead, zombies ramble free in Cape Town’s suburbs (known as the Deadlands), and the remaining living are corralled in fenced agricultural and city shantytowns.
The living are watched over by the mysteriously robed Guardians, a race of humanoid figures who appeared at the end of the War and who keep the living dead at bay, albeit for a steep price. Every year the Guardians stage a human Lottery, picking five teenagers to be whisked out of the enclave for a secret purpose.
No one (yet) knows why it is that the Guardians prize teenage bodies so highly, how they control the zombies or what they look like under the robes that cover their bodies.
Deadlands is the first ever zombie novel set in Cape Town. It’s the creepy tale of the living dead and how they took over the suburbs, in an area now designated as the “Deadlands”. A few people still remain, living on farmlands on the outskirts of the city where they are protected by the mysterious Guardians.