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Zom-B Underground (Zom-B #2)

3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,480 Ratings  ·  275 Reviews
Waking up in a military complex, months after zombies attacked school, B has no memory of the last few months. Life in the UK has turned tough since the outbreak, and B is woven into life- and battle- in the new military regime quickly. But as B learns more about the zombies held in the complex and the scientists keeping them captive, unease settles in. Why exactly was B s ...more
Hardcover, 180 pages
Published January 2nd 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2013)
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Note - This review contains spoilers of Zom-B, the first book in the series.

I give Darren Shan credit for trying something different in the zombie genre. Unfortunately, Zom-B Underground didn't work that well for me. B barely meets the definition of a zombie. Yes, she craves brains, but all of her mental abilities are intact. Where is the fun in that? It felt like a bit of a cheat, to be honest.

One of the focal points in the first nove
Wow. Oproti jedničce pořádné zlepšení (a více akce). Darren prostě umí psát a hlavně skvěle graduje děj. Pravá zombie apokalypsa konečně začíná. A ten klaun? OMG, ne!

Max {Windrunner of Adarlan's Reviews}
What. Happened?

What the hell was that plot twist and why the heck was it even a thing? (view spoiler) Honestly, it's kind of stupid. I might sound really sexist right now, but why not just reveal that right at the start of book one instead of the start of book-freakin'-two!

I kind of want to punch something right now.

Darren Shan:


Not. Happy. Not. Continuing.
Jan 16, 2013 Sophie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review, uk-author
SPOILER ALERT: Although I’ll try not to spoil anything, there may be the odd spoiler for Zom-B.

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed reading Zom-B so I couldn’t wait to get stuck in to Zom-B Underground, and I have to admit that I devoured it in one big gulp.

As I read a proof copy of book one I really loved getting to see the awesome comic-strip endpapers and full=page illustrations in this one. Brilliant! But anyway, on to the review.

Things have changed drastically in the small amount of time s
May 17, 2016 Julia rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, horror, 2015
This was good. The absurdities of Darren Shan began to surface with this one, and I'm not going into to detail to avoid spoilers. Some of this was a little predictable (but isn't everything zombie-related?) and some was a little shocking.

I can't quite get a read on how much I really like B as a main character. She was pretty atrocious in the first novel, but you kind of can't help but like her. She got better with this one, but it's pretty hard to rewire yourself into being a good person.

Not as
Mohammed Alsharaby
What an awesome book.
Darren writing style is absolutely amazing
Brooke ♥booklife4life♥
At A Glance

Young Adult; Zombies
Love Triangle/Insta Love?: nope.
Cliff Hanger: yes.
Rating: 3 stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Cover: 7
Plot: 7
Characters: 7
World Building: 6
Flow: 4
Series Congruity: 5
Writing: 5
Ending: 5

Total: 5

In Dept

Best Part:
Kickbutt Mc!!
Worst Part: Still way too all over the damn place.
Thoughts Had: What is happening; Zombies vs Zombies!; Oh shit.


Continuing the Series:
not sure.
Recommending: eh.

Short Review: Again, this book is all over the place. it's all actio
Nov 15, 2015 Natalie rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
May 09, 2016 Kristina rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-goal-100
I only gave the first book in this series two stars (which does mean I thought it was "okay"), but I was still interested in where the story was going to go so I picked it up from the library last time I went.

I thought this one was better than the first. There was a lot less racist bigotry in this volume and more of B searching for not only meaning in her existence, but also for whatever humanity she might have left. That made for a much better story in my opinion.

There were parts that were dow
Kimberley doruyter
Feb 25, 2015 Kimberley doruyter rated it really liked it
makes you wonder how the real monsters are.
Hally  Kkaebsong-Yehet
Apr 21, 2016 Hally Kkaebsong-Yehet rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, audio-book
SOO DARN GOOOOD!! I'm addicted to this series I can't even
Fatoni M
Jun 05, 2016 Fatoni M rated it really liked it
Buku kedua dari Zom-B series :))

Di buku pertama: zombie menyerang sekolah B dan salah satu zombie berhasil mengubahnya. Di buku kedua ini, B terbangun di sebuah kamp konsentrasi untuk para zombie. Wait, kok B bisa sadar bahwa dia zombie? Yap, buku ini memang fokus untuk penjelasan universe zombie buatan Darren Shan.

Pembaca akan dipaparkan bagaimana cara kerja fisik mereka dan jenis-jenisnya. Tapi yaa penjelasan ini literally "dijelaskan", tidak ada plot yang menjadi mediumnya. Jadi di awal-awal
Dec 04, 2015 Becky rated it liked it
I'm glad to say that I enjoyed this a lot more than the first book.

That's probably due to the fact that the plot is a lot more exciting; actual zombie-related things are happening. Finally! I was intrigued by the idea of revitaliseds and reviveds, since it's a slightly different take on a zombie apocalypse novel. Normally, zombies can't be coherent or have any kind of conscience. Yet here we have B feeling guilty about killing reviveds, and laughing and joking with Reilly.

I was quite disappoint
May 26, 2015 Jesse rated it really liked it

I read the book ZOM-B Underground by Darren Shan. This book is about B, he is a zombie but he remembers things, can think about things, and can talk. Also B is the the main character in this book. B is put in a room with other zombies with a group of people in the middle in leather with weapons. B is picked, and gets put in a room by himself. The place he is at is research jail. Doctors come, help him so he can talk, and learn to take care of himself. Once they can trust him, he gets to meet the
Mar 01, 2014 Abbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating - 2.5

Zom-B Underground was slightly better than Zom-B, but it still wasn't that good.

The characters in this installment weren't as rubbish as they were in the previous one, but there still wasn't any characters that i liked.

There was more action in this, but i still wasn't very excited by it.

Overall, better than the first, but not good enough to make me want to continue the series.
Dec 13, 2014 Yami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again am not into Zombies, but this is sooo good, if I was ever to recommend a Zombie themed book, I would recommend this series, and Warm bodies by Issac Marion
in the beginning it took its time to build the new environment around B,and then gave the Adrenaline Shot so suddenly that you got high with the climax, and that Mr.Dowling, what he represent is considered scary by itself, and Darren made him scarier ten folds after hundred.
VERY intriguing and ORIGINAL,

One thing it is NOT appropriate for
Vincent Bissoni
Mar 14, 2013 Vincent Bissoni rated it really liked it
What a great book! Always wanted to know what happens next couldn't put it down
Feb 17, 2013 Keelee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: choices-choices
Arrrrgggghh!!! Cannot form complete sentences. More later.
Jenni Arndt
Jun 17, 2013 Jenni Arndt rated it liked it
Shelves: purchased-own
After devouring Zom-B by Darren Shan I was quick to jump into the second book in the series, Zom-B Underground. The cliffhanger at the end of the first book really left me hanging and I couldn’t wait to find out where the series would go from there. Unfortunately, that cliffhanger makes writing this review spoiler free of the first book utterly impossible, so consider yourself warned. Spoilers for Zom-B ahead!

We catch up with B as she wakes up in an underground complex that appears to be some so
Dana Salman
I liked the first book for its heroine, B Smith, being a lot different than most of the other protagonists in a Darren Shan book.

Well that didn't last long. B has already become a typical Darren Shan protagonist after only one book. Why does she care so much if the zombies get killed? She can hardly put herself in the same boat as them. This girl was a thug in her previous life, and now when the world's gone to hell, she's reformed so drastically? It was like Grubbs Grady from The Demonata serie
Amber Harrison
Feb 28, 2016 Amber Harrison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jai Dadlani (Ficlov)
Right, so I finished reading this book literally ten minutes ago, and I wanted to write my review as soon after as possible, because I didn’t want to forget any of the cool bits. I was left reeling by both of the twists in Zom-B, especially the one at the end. I was all like “HE JUST KILLED THE PROTAGONIST! WHAT?” which, I’m sure, is exactly the reaction he wanted to get. But, of course, she wasn’t really dead. Well, she was, but not in the way you think. Confused, much? Let me clear that up for ...more
Feb 26, 2013 bjneary rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, horror, kindle, zombie
B has really redeemed herself in Zom B Underground. When she wakes up and realizes she is a zombie; B accepts it and really criticizes and berates herself about throwing Tylor to the zombies when he father commanded her. B makes a pact with herself to be a much better person; someone she herself would like since she has such self loathing for killing Tylor. There is a doctor and a guard who interact with B and answer very few of her questions. At some point she is “fed” and given drops for her v ...more
Jan 24, 2015 Katrina rated it it was ok
I just thought this book was weird. Sure the book had things going for it: it's super short, so it won't take long to read, it has some cool pictures and, there are some black pages with white writing. But in all, I didn't like this. B really annoyed me and was super whiny. It was also very predictable. I mean the title is Zomb-B gee, where are they? Perhaps underground??? And the author made like three references comparing the characters to was just not needed. I d ...more
Mar 12, 2015 Kristen rated it liked it
This one was better than the first. Still bloody and disgusting at times, but B really starts to take shape as a character and the twists and turns are fabulous. I even got emotional a few times.

I was ready to concede to the 6th grade boys who convinced me to keep reading the series...until Mr. Dowling showed up. As a clown. THERE IS A G*%D#$N CLOWN. Nope. Nope, nope. I am hooked. On to the third.
Apr 12, 2015 Natalie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
I absolutely love Darren Shan box and this was not a disappointment I like it how you find out about Zom heads I knew that she was actually eating brain when she didn't know b made me laugh so much Will be definitely reading the second book soon
Kc Chapa
Feb 26, 2014 Kc Chapa rated it liked it
Better than the first one. Very interesting take on the whole zombie theme. And I still love the pictures!
After the complete shock of book one's ending, I just had to know what the author was going to throw at me next.

While I enjoyed the book, and seeing how B handles this new situation, I was never completely invested in it. If these books weren't so short (about 2 hours to read, maybe less), I would have stopped reading.

Also, there was one character who comes in towards the end which FREAKED ME OUT. I tried to just skim over his description, but there is a picture right next to the page I was re
Sep 03, 2015 Joe rated it liked it
Started off very slow and ended much better, but still not hooked. Since I have the 3rd book, I will give it until then to get hooked or not. It's definitely not a great piece of literature. The writing is very basic, which I figured it would be regardless. I was hoping for a better story though. See how the 3rd book is.
Feb 19, 2013 Ada rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club
I like seeing B evolving. B is not your typical zombie and can fight most urges. I am looking forward to the continuing story and finding out why B is so valuable to basically everyone. The description of the clown in this book made my skin crawl. I have no idea how on earth Darren Shan came up with that. It is definitely something extremely creative. Also, I am wondering when the creepy man from the first book will make his comeback. I feel like he may be the tie to everything that B is trying ...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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