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Zom-B (Zom-B #1)

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  3,590 ratings  ·  610 reviews
When news reports start appearing of a zombie outbreak in Ireland, B's racist father thinks it's a joke-- but even if it isn't, he figures, it's ok to lose a few Irish.
B doesn't fully buy into Dad's racism, but figures it's easier to go along with it than to risk the fights and abuse that will surely follow sticking up for Muslims, blacks, or immigrants. And when dodging h
Hardcover, 174 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (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
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)
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
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
Zombies! Took so long for them to show up I forgot what the book was about.
Jessi Larie
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Let me just say: This synopsis is NOT the one I read. If I had read this one, I probably wouldn't have even bothered with this book.
Despite it's short length, I didn't actually read all of it. I made a valiant effort. Really, I did. But the lead character, B, was such a douchenozzle that I simply couldn't go on. I usually don't rate things I don't read all of, but I think I read enough that I can, in all fairness, rate t
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
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
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
Denysia Yu
Feb 19, 2013 Denysia Yu rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like books that don't involve zombies till half way through.
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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
Eric Townsend
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
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 1 of 5 stars
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
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.
Heidi Addison
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.
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
Kimberley doruyter
this book combines bone chilling horror with mindless dribble of several teenage boys.
i'll stay for the horror.
Zoe Markham
This was a re-read for me as I want to go through the whole series again, and it's even better the second time around.

The reason I love this book is that Shan is fearless. He tackles stereotypes and difficult issues like domestic violence and racism head on. I can't go into too much detail without going into spoiler territory, but when you hit the big twist in this one, you sit and flick back, thinking about WHY it was such a twist; what were all the things that led you to making a certain assu
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
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
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Liz (Consumed by Books)
Up until about the last 10 pages, this one made me feel like I was reading two separate books. This one definitely posed an interesting moral question, and it certainly kept the suspense alive. I would say it's okay--a series I might read for the sake of finding out what happens, but not a new favorite.
Zom-B wasn't a very enjoyable read.

There wasn't one character that i liked.
B's dad was a horrible person, and B was starting to pick up a few of his traits.
The other characters were quite dull.

The action didn't start until halfway, and even then, i was bored.

It finished with a cliffhanger, and compared to the rest of the book, it was okay.

Overall, dull, with rubbish characters.
I am not really a fan of Horror books.. It's just never been something that I really enjoyed. However, when I saw Zom-B I thought it sounded pretty interesting. I've been watching a show with Zombies each week, so I thought it would be a fun book to try. Let me go ahead and assure you that this book is plenty creepy. I was actually not expecting it to be as creepy or gory as it actually got. I have never read any of Darren's books but from what I have seen, he is really good at writing these typ ...more
Ms. Yingling
B lives with an abusive father who holds violently anti-immigrant views, and a cowering mother. When the news shows clips of an Irish town being attacked by zombies, people in London are concerned, but many more think it is a hoax. B goes to an inner city school where (like in Kevin Brooks iBoy), academics take a back seat to gang violence and general thuggery, and frequently gets in trouble for fighting, especially with Taylor, who is black. Even though B's best friend Vinyl is black, and B kno ...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Okay so let me start this review off by saying this ***THIS BOOK HAS LOT'S OF BLOOD AND GORE*** you have been warned because I was not. I have read a total of 3 zombie books and let's face it they were mild very mild. So when I picked this book up from Around The World ARC Tours I was stoked because I said man another zombie book for me to read! Well Lord have mercy did I have to put it down and wait a few hours for my food to digest after reading the first few chapters after I ate super.

B is yo
Sue Moro
As I was reading this book, I wasn't sure who I was supposed to hate more, the protagonist's father, an abusive racist, or the zombies rampaging through Ireland.

Our main protagonist is B, a student growing up with a father who is abusive towards his family. He is very opinionated and expects his family to follow his opinions. He attends meetings, presumably white supremacist in nature and often drags B along. B seems to have anger issues, often getting into fights with other kids. Most of the fi
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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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