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3.59  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,028 Ratings  ·  836 Reviews
Zom-B is a radical new series about a zombie apocalypse, told in the first person by one of its victims. The series combines classic Shan action with a fiendishly twisting plot and hard-hitting and thought-provoking moral questions dealing with racism, abuse of power and more. This is challenging material, which will captivate existing Shan fans and bring in many new ones. ...more
Hardcover, 217 pages
Published September 27th 2012 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
For the most part I really enjoyed this book, but I think one of the main turn-offs for me was B's father. He's racist, abusive, manipulative, and an all around terrible human being. I felt like it took awhile to lead up to the massive break out zombie scenes and I wish we would have had more zombies in this book, because I was expecting more. It felt like we only got 20 pages of zombies and I WANT MORE ZOMBIES. xD I'm still looking forward to continuing on with this series, but I wasn't super i ...more
Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)
Jan 01, 2015 Jessi (Novel Heartbeat) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
LET ME MAKE THIS PERFECTLY CLEAR. (Because I have had far too many derogatory comments on this review from too many people) This review is MY opinion and mine alone. Just because you looove this book and looove Darren Shan does not give you any right to come to my space and tell me that I am ignorant, or stupid, or wrong, or that I "just didn't understand the book." I despised this book, therefore I ranted about it. That is called MY HONEST OPINION. You're entitled to yours, are you not? Well so ...more
Jul 03, 2015 Maureen rated it it was ok
This book had a lot of potential to be REALLY AMAZING but it wasn't that amazing. The book mostly focused on B's life and hearing about the zombie attacks elsewhere, as well as her home life and relationship with her dad. Her dad is a terrible person, and you can have a terrible person be a good character, but this was not the case. He was SUPER racist and abusive, and his racism fed into B's life in many ways.
There was also less zombies than I was expecting and I was disappointed by that. They
Sep 21, 2012 Braiden rated it it was ok
After seeing the cover and liking it, I was quite enthused to read it – to read a book about zombies, Darren Shan-style, from “the master of horror.” I haven’t read any of Darren Shan’s previous works; this was my first. But I do know many, including Amber, devour and love anything he writes so I was expecting something spectacular and horrific from Zom-B. I haven’t read many zombie-centric books lately, so Zom-B was the first for a while (Andrew Fukuda’s The Hunt could count though but that’s d ...more
Amber (Books of Amber)
Sep 15, 2012 Amber (Books of Amber) rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure: I'm a HUGE Darren Shan fan (and a poet, apparently). I've been a fan ever since the final book in The Saga of Darren Shan book was published and I read them all in one go. That's twelve books, people. So my review may be SLIGHTLY biased, because I love all his books.

Also, I'm not going to write an 'in-depth' review, because it'll be hard not to spoil the mind blowing twist that happens towards the end. And Darren included a note and asked people not to mention that the main char
Oct 31, 2012 Adeeb rated it it was amazing
I will not review this. It is impossible not to give anything away.

This book is amazing, nail-biting, UNBELIEVABLE!

Read it ASAP


I'm reading other people's thoughts about this book and I'm looking at negative reviews. I'm just shocked at the 1 stars! Not because I loved this book, but because of the reason they rated it so low!

Everyone hates this book because B is racist! WHAT? That's the point, Darren Shan creates a story where you're supposed to HATE the "protagonist". Someone please exp
Mar 20, 2015 Karleigh.Reads rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
What the crap.. I'm so lost, made it about 60-70% through the book, there was like one chapter on zombies and that was it. All I got from this is racism.. and abuse.
Jun 03, 2013 Ketty rated it liked it
Zombies! Took so long for them to show up I forgot what the book was about.
Kimberley doruyter
Feb 24, 2015 Kimberley doruyter rated it really liked it
this book is bone chilling horror.
apart for the downright scary moments it makes you think about what anyone would do when the world goes to shit.
Jul 01, 2013 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can we talk about how misleading the prologue is? Man, I thought this book was going to be chock FULL of zombie beheadings. Double tap! But no, it was more about this teenage boy, B, and his own metaphorical zombie life. Okay, later on in the book, there are REAL zombies, and throughout the book, there are more and more news stories about the zombie plague making its way around the world.

B is a bully raised by a bully. I don’t think that it is right that he bullies others, nor do I wish to justi
Holly Frabizio
Zom-B is a new series from author Darren Shan. I have been a big fan of Shan's work since his Cirque Du Freak Series (The Vampire's Assisstant) and so far Zom-B does not disappoint. At first I though that the story was going to be all about the zombie apocalypse but it turned out that it is also about the real horrors that we face in the everyday world. The protagonist is a teenager named B who lives in London. B likes hanging out with friends, listening to music and getting into trouble. The zo ...more
Eric Townsend
Jan 18, 2013 Eric Townsend rated it did not like it
This is not the zombie book you are looking for. A bad Star Wars pun aside, Zom-B is just not a book I would recommend reading, even for the zombie lovers among us. The book deals with racism but not in a way that is informative or that teaches us any lessons. It’s just one slam after another on a variety of different races and with seemingly no purpose in doing so except for setting up an ending that was painfully obvious from the get go. It isn’t tackling issues, it’s putting them up on displa ...more
Denysia Yu
Feb 19, 2013 Denysia Yu rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who like books that don't involve zombies till half way through.
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Rachel Lightwood
I don't really know how to start this review because I don't really have any strong feelings about this book. It was so mediocre and so average I didn't really have much to say about it. It was a little dull but it wasn't necessary boring. Most of the characters were okay but I cannot say I really cared whether they lived or died, they were all too bland to form opinions on. Obviously I had problems with B's dad though. How could I not? He was a monster.

While I enjoyed Zom-B, I felt it was a li
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Dec 12, 2012 Kat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombie, ya, 2012-read
I've never read a Darren Shan book, but everything I heard about him is positive, so as soon as I saw Zom-B, I had to buy it. A zombie book written by an author with an excellent reputation, set in the UK? Yep, I was hooked in.

Zom-B is a quick read, taking me just over two hours to get through, and definitely has a one-more-chapter feeling. There are also some awesome illustrations throughout the book, which I wasn't expecting but added an extra touch to the story.

Zom-B begins with the story of
Nov 18, 2012 Cameron rated it really liked it
After finishing, the Demonata, his second long-running series back in 2009, Darren Shan seems to have been in a bit of a rut for the past couple of years. The Saga of Larten Crepsley seemed, in my opinion, to be a rehash of old stories, entertaining enough but nothing original: an unnecessary addition to a bygone era. I was similarly disappointed with the thin executioner, though for different reasons. Zom-B, however, seems to represent Darren Shan's return to form.

I approached this book with tr
Nishanth "Art is... an Explosion!"
Look at that name, and that cover!
But look at the name beneath the title!
COOLIO! Another Darren Shan Series!

Straight into the book- Gripping, terrifying, gory, Zombastic. Dot.

Then... I believe its safe to say that a city will be totally wiped out by the Zombies in the prologue, people die, people turn, people eat brains - But the sad news is - The world won't believe it when they see it on the Telly, atleast B Smith's family won't.

B Smith is our brand new state-of-the-art protagonist.
Carrie Ardoin
B is a high school kid who lives in London with a racist, abusive alcoholic father, and a mom who doesn't stand up for herself. B hangs out with a tough group of friends, and has gotten a bit of a reputation.

When the zombie attacks that happened in Ireland (which B and family did not believe were real) come breaking through the front door of B's high school, race and reputation don't mean much. After all, zombies don't notice skin color when digging through someone's skull to devour their brain
Oct 25, 2012 Octavia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE!!
Shelves: dnf
I saw "Zom-B" at my library and I instantly loved the title and the cover. Even though the book is pretty short (only 174 pages) I could not bring myself to read the entire thing. Not only were there little to NO zombies the main characters were so racist I hoped zombies stormed their house, drug them to Africa or India or China and then slowly devoured their internal organs, in front of the natives. I actually threw the book (on my couch) when B (our main character) started making gorilla noise ...more
Feb 12, 2016 Julia rated it it was amazing
What. WHAT.

I haven't read any Darren Shan in about a year. But he's basically my favorite author. This book reminded me of that.

Somehow Shan mixes good horror and good psychologically significant characters as well. The main character, B, really illustrates what it's like to live in an abusive family with an offensively racist father. Seriously, it's totally offensive and upset me. B also illustrates what it's like from the psychological perspective of a bully (not that I condone it, but it woul
Jan 31, 2014 Zaq rated it really liked it
Darren Shan does it again. He takes one piece of horror history and while somehow maintaining the dignity and most rules of the original creations, puts his own spin on it to make it his own. The two twists at the end are shocking and perfect, and Shan delivers them with super amounts of finesse. I can't wait to read the other 11 of this series, and am so glad he's putting one out every three months.
Feb 02, 2014 Heidi rated it liked it
I'm usually not a big fan of YA books and this is only the 3rd zombie book I've read~ but I liked it! It started a little slow, but it was such a quick read, it didn't matter. I'm really looking forward to the 2nd book in the series, and that says something about this book.
Sep 23, 2014 Jane rated it it was amazing
This book popped through my letter box from Lovereading4kids and is due for publication September 2014.

The first thing I loved was the cover of the book which really stands out and beckons the reader in – if they dare.

This is the first of a series of books by Darren Shan – teen horror.

It is scary, nail biting and fast paced.

Not to give too much away B is in high school and lives in London with a racist, abusive alcoholic father. His mother won’t stand up for herself. B is in with some tough fri
Oct 12, 2015 Kayra rated it really liked it
"Great thrill book with a surprising plot twist!”
This was more than just a zombie book, this also have the issue of racism driving the plot which has a big role in the ultimate outcome of the story.

This was a very quick read, but the actual zombie attack was not very long. I do wish the attack on the school was longer. What we did get though was very gruesome and has some pictures that show how bad some of the attacks were.

The ending has a cliffhanger, but judging from some details that were revealed earlier in the book you can pretty much gue
Mar 21, 2015 Martin rated it really liked it
I’m going to start by saying I love zombie books, in fact, not just books but also movies and TV series’. Darren Shan is well known for his Cirque Du Freak series and ZOM B seems to be exploding onto the scene with books from the series showing up everywhere. It’s because of this and a little loose change to spend that I was enticed into picking up the book and giving it a go. The subject matter and eye catching cover made it stand out from the crowd and my wanting to delve into a post-apocalypt ...more
Ms. Nikki
Nov 29, 2014 Ms. Nikki rated it did not like it
This read referenced racism a little too much and, in all honesty, I don't know if I'd want my kid to read it.

The main character's parents were (overstating, but not by much) subscribers to the KKK's mailing list and were really bad influences for any child. The mother was abused talked to like an idiot. The father was an abuser and all-around asshat. I just didn't see the light in any of them. The MC even questions his own view on anyone who isn't white. He's also a thief and is not ashamed to
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Originally reviewed on A Reader of Fictions.

My only prior experience with Darren Shan was the first book in the Cirque du Freak series, which we read for my Young Adult Services class in Library School. I remember mostly enjoying it, but for some potty humor kind of stuff I really could have done without. I was expecting something similar here, something for younger YA that like violence in humor. Actually, I think the gore and darker tone of this one definitely skew it up more than I was expect
Nov 11, 2012 JeanBookNerd rated it really liked it
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Darren Shan’s Zom-B is a new series that only Darren can deliver. Just like how his Cirque Du Freak (The Vampire’s Assistant) left me captivated, Zom-B executed the same result. Although the cover and title suggests a story solely based on zombies, it shifts to the real dismays that many us face on a daily basis. Readers are taken to London where they are introduced to a teenager, simply named B. She is the typical teenage girl who hangs out with friends but gets into the usual troubles. When a ...more
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Librarian's note: Also writes under the name D.B. Shan.

Darren Shan (born July 2, 1972 in London, England) is the pen name of the Irish author Darren O'Shaughnessy, as well as the name of the protagonist of his book series The Saga of Darren Shan, also known as The Cirque Du Freak Series in the United States. He is the author of The Demonata series, as well as some stand-alone books, and a series o
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