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Dead City (Dead City #1)

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  1,183 ratings  ·  226 reviews
A tween takes on undead New Yorkers in this paranormal action-adventure that breathes new life into the zombie genre (Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games). Most kids have enough to deal with between school, homework, extracurricular activities, and friends, but Molly Bigelow isn't your typical tween. By day, Molly attends MIST "the Metropolitan Institute of Science ...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Aladdin
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Awesome. A gritty, urban, paranormal title that will be great for 5th grade and up. No romance (hooray!), strong smart girl main character, and best of all, it doesn't feel like an older YA title that got dumbed down for a younger audience. Happy dance! I can't wait to take this out to the schools when we do our pre-summer reading booktalks. Good dialog, great plot, and a "leave you on the edge of your seat" ending. I wanted a little more information on the actual how-people-become-zombies, but ...more
Barb Middleton
When Molly Bigelow drops a severed human finger into a zip lock bag thinking it is really cool, I couldn't help but think of my friend from childhood who had a spleen collection in her bedroom from all the animals she dissected in biology classes from high school and college. Nothing grossed her out. Nothing grosses Molly out either. She's not afraid of much. She helped her mom who was a forensic pathologist for the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner before dying of cancer two summer ...more
Duchess Crystal

I purchased Dead City a few weeks ago at a local school book fair. I was browsing the tables full of books when I came across this one. The thing that caught my eye is the cover so I picked it up, read the back and thought that it sounded pretty interesting so I was going to give it a shot.

I am so glad that I did.

I LOVE everything about this book!! It is gritty, funny, suspenseful and down right spooky at times. You will fall in love with the characters and their sense of humor, lo
Tammy Dahle
My thoughts:
I LOVED this book!
Let's start with the cover which is cool and creepy. Molly is ready to kick some serious zombie butt. Love the omega sign hidden in title-clever! I have no doubt many kids will pick up this book based on the cover alone.
Main character Molly is a smart, yet awkward 7th grader who is struggling to fit in and figure out where she belongs. Everything in her life suddenly changes when she finds herself accepted into a secret society of zombie hunters called the Omega Soc
REVIEW written for WASHYARG (Washington Young Adult Review Group):

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Mary Kay
Zombies. Mystery. Teenage angst.

If you are familiar with The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child by Donalyn Miller, then you know that books from our less than favorite genres are sometimes kids FAVORITES. Such it is with Dead City, and with Blue Moon.

As an avid reader and lover of books, I always love that moment when my kids connect with a book so much that they want NEED to go get the next one immediately. Not wait for the library hold, not wait for the paperback. That
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Jessica at Book Sake
Dead City is a smart zombie read filled with sarcastic humor, my favorite! Molly, the main character is low on friends at the super smart school she attends – she doesn’t quite fit in, which makes her both relatable and admirable at the same time – she doesn’t give in to staying friends with those who don’t deserve her friendship.

We don’t see her on her own for too long though as the storyline picks up quickly and she is recruited into a zombie hunting group.

This is no ordinary zombie hunting gr
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Zombie books are just so exhilarating and intense. Does that make me masochistic that I like to read about brain eating walking dead? Whatever I'm on a zombie binge reading streak (Enclave, Dead City, Dead Tossed Waves). Dead City was a fast and fun action packed read that was refreshing to read after reading way too many dystopias.

Dead City was truly an interesting and original page turner unlike anything I've read before. Dead City is nothing short of awes
Alice Liu
James Ponti is a liar. In his bio, he states that he has never fought a zombie, yet his knowledge of the different levels of NYC, I mean "undead," suggests otherwise. In "Dead City," regular kid Molly Bigelow has a hard enough time being a motherless, socially inept geek who hangs out at the morgue in her spare time. To suddenly find out she has inherited a legacy as both a, undead protector and police thrusts her into situations that she is just not emotionally ready to ...more
Much to my surprise, I enjoyed Dead City a lot. The plot, with all its intricacies, is fast paced and smartly crafted. Molly and her Omega team friends are very engaging agents for the protection/destruction of the undead. And, oh, the setting---infused with so much history! I went straight to the web to find pictures of ghost subway stations and Roosevelt Island and Blackwell House...Kudos to James Ponti for creating such a riveting story. I predict lots of my students will become enthusiastic ...more
I love this book! This book is so unlike any other zombie-starring novels--whereas those novels make the zombies bad guys, this book reveals zombies (or the undead, they hate being called zombies) in a whole new way. Some are good, some are bad.

Level 1s, Level 2s, Level 3s.

Omegas protect and rule over them all.

However, some of the undead are restless...they want to take over New York City.
Virginia Davis
I don't usually care for zombie stories, but this is an exception. It's clever, humorous, full of historical information about New York City and the subway tunnels and just enough gross torn off zombie limbs and big orange zombie teeth to satisfy most would-be middle school zombie hunters.
Chris Aylott
Today's tweens must have stronger nerves than I do, because I can't imagine reading a zombie comedy adventure horror book at that age. Then again, I'm from the pre-Goosebumps generation, so what do I know? And truthfully, there's not much to be scared of here -- the emphasis is on the comedy and the adventure, not the horror. As lead character Molly Bigelow points out, a lot of zombies just want to live their unlives in peace.

Molly herself is a witty martial-arts-proficient zombie-busting seven
I read Dead City by James Ponti. This book is about a teenage girl named Molly Bigelow. Molly is for the most part, a normal teenage girl. She goes to school at the Metropolitan Institute of Science and Technology of MIST for short. Her mother was a mortician and has recently died of cancer. Molly wants to follow in her footsteps so she hangs out at the morgue.
Molly learns that there is a secret organization called the Omegas. A group of people fighting to keep zombies controlled in the subway
Ashley Mclaughlin
When I picked up the book, I hadn't realized that it was NOT intended for a High School Junior who reads at an advanced level. And though I know it was not intended for a reader like me, it was an interesting read.

The beginning of the book begins with a sort of prologue, which explains very little but introduces a nice action plot. It then throws you into the slow story of Molly Bigelow's life leading up to being a, yes, zombie hunter. And though the book has a slower, a bit of a boring, start,
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Perhaps I am just a little too old for this book or a little too obsessed with zombies right now to fully appreciate this novel. I like the Walking Dead type zombies, the kind that have no brains, no logic or reasoning. The empty, rotting shells that just roam around with faulty motor skills, trying to eat brains and to get cut into pieces.

The zombies (a term which, it turns out, they do not like being called. They prefer unde
Kim McGee
For having just lost her mother to cancer, being in a special geek school and fighting the undead on a regular basis - Molly has her act together. Molly's mom worked at the city morgue so Molly became comfortable with being around the newly deceased and her mom's suggested activities like training in the martial arts and bird calling seemed different but when Molly later learns that this was all to prepare her to join a secret society, Molly is all in. When you are part of the Omegas you don't j ...more
Jayce Senter
Loved this book! I'm going to have to be careful who I recommend it to however.

While some kids can separate reality from fiction very easily, others will be disturbed by the idea of zombies. I can relate. I cannot handle intense books about serial killers because that's what I think about when I'm home by myself or when I have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. I know some kids would be that way about zombies, ghosts, etc. It was not scary if you can get over the idea of zombies.
Alexandria Grider
I liked how it gave details about everything. And how surprising the end was.
This book is on the 2014-2015 Texas Bluebonnet Master List. It's exciting, suspenseful, and though at first it may appear to be a zombie book, it really is a mystery. Middle grade- young adult.
Dead City

Severed fingers, death chambers, and scary noises. As far as field trips went, this rated well below the Museum of Natural History. (But it was still better than our class visit to the wastewater treatment plant.)

Up until she meets Natalie, Grayson and Alex, Molly has no friends to speak of. She is a brainy, socially awkward 7th grader attending the Metropolitan Institute of Science & Technology (MIST). Molly helps out in the morgue where her mother worked before she died. Little d

The book Dead City is about a young girl, Molly Bigelow, who is an 8th grade nerd at MIST, a Junior High Middle School. She doesn’t feel like she fits at school and she is still dealing with the loss of her mom who died from cancer. Also she has nightmares and is really afraid of heights because when she was five years old, she and her mom got chased up a tall tower by a guy they didn’t know. Everything changes when she joins the Omegas because she becomes friends with a popular group in school.
Dead City isn't’t a complete story. It’s the equivalent of watching the pilot episode of a 60 minute Sci-Fi/Fantasy show. We get to know our main characters and begin our introduction into their world and mythology. We meet our main antagonist and see what needs to happen for a better future. Molly Bigelow is a middle school loner who hangs out at the morgue where her mother worked before she died. She grow close to an intern during the summer, who introduces her to the world of Omega, the law e ...more
This book is about a young girl named Molly, who is in MIST(Metropolitan Institute of Science and Technology) a gifted school. Her mother recently died and Molly wants to take her place, but little did she know what her mom really was. She was the Omega. Omegas are a group of people that fight and keep zombies out of the streets of New York City.

I rated this book 2 out of 5 because I thought the book was okay. I didn't really connect with the book because I usually don't read or enjoy books that
Haley Nelson
Dead City is an exciting, and unique book that has also won the Texas Bluebonnet award. This story explains the life of Molly Bigelow who is a regular girl who goes to MIST: the Metropolitan Institute of Science and Technology, but that's not the only thing on her plate. She also fights zombies in order to keep her city safe. Her mom was the ultimate zombie fighter and she has to live up to her name. The question is... Will she? This book would be fun to give to kids because even though it's som ...more
I have read about vampires and werewolves before, but this was my first zombie book. I did not think that I would enjoy it as much as I did! Looking forward to the next adventures of Molly and the Omegas.
Absolutely LOVED this book! Those who are fans of the Walking Dead or similar zombie shows will love this! Molly is a normal, geeky-smart girl reeling from her mother's death from cancer. She has been accepted to her mother's former magnet school Metropolitan Institute of Science and Technology, MIST. She becomes friends with a group of teenagers and learns they have been observing her for quite some time to induct her into their group, The Omegas. She learns her mother was one of the founding m ...more
Diana Gagliardi
A very different take on the Zed gendre- the "Unlucky 13" were turned in a mine explosion in the 1800s. Since then, zed can only live on Manhattan, where the explosion took place, near the stone special to that area.

These are people who are trying to pass as human, trying not to be monsters...

...until their souls rot away and they become strong, powerful, and without conscience.

Taking care of both stopping the bad and protecting the good are a group of teens who have been tasked to take care of
Amy Hertzberg
I enjoyed the writing style of this book. It was a zombie book that I actually enjoyed but I felt like the ending was rushed and I was disappointed.
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I grew up in Atlantic Beach, Florida and am a graduate of the University of Southern California. I've written numerous books and have worked as a television writer/producer. I'm currently writing the Dead City Middle Grade book series about a secret society of New York City zombie fighters. According to a non-disclosure agreement I can neither confirm nor deny whether or not I've ever actually fou ...more
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