With the world ending around them, Michael tries to keep his brother safe. He probably could have picked a better time to run away, but now that doesn...moreWith the world ending around them, Michael tries to keep his brother safe. He probably could have picked a better time to run away, but now that doesn't matter. All that matters is keeping them alive. Michael convinces his brother that it's all a game, he doesn't want his five-year-old brother to freak out. Michael is trying his best not to freak out too, but terrible and terrifying things are happening and Michael just wants to get to the end of this game, to the Safe Zone. The Safe Zone might not be all he hoped for though.
What an intense read. I really enjoyed this mash up of two fantastic things: video games and zombies. This was a fun read. It was really confusing at times though which kind of slowed me down a bit. Halfway through the book most things began to make sense, but Michael was a pretty unreliable narrator. Most of the book I was pretty positive he had some sort of mental disorder. I thought he was a little bit crazy. I'm still not totally convinced that he's not.
There were some unrealistic situations in this book, but then again it's a book about a zombie apocalypse, soooo how realistic can it really be? I just found that Michael was way to good at surviving for a kid who played video games, solely. I appreciate that this book makes it seem like playing video games is good for you (no really it is) but I don't know if it will really help you stay alive for a month during the apocalypse. *shrugs* I have no way of disproving this however.
I thought Patrick was a pretty great kid. I often forgot he was only five. It's been quite a while since I've hung out with a five-year-old. Is this how they are now? He seemed pretty composed, his brother had convinced him that this was all made up though. He seemed like a cool little dude, except for when he wasn't.
This was certainly a different take on the zombie apocalypse novel and I enjoyed it. I wished it was a little less all over the place but for the most part it was a lot of intense fun. Things start to get crazy fast, so if that's the kind of book you're looking for grab this one.
First Line: "Michael awoke in the dark to the screams again."
Favorite Line: "You must be this tall to ride the apocalypse."(less)
When B's father first sees the news reports about zombies in Ireland, he laughs it off. Even if there were zombies, he doesn't care much about the Iri...moreWhen B's father first sees the news reports about zombies in Ireland, he laughs it off. Even if there were zombies, he doesn't care much about the Irish...or blacks, or Indians or anyone not up to his British standards. This bigotry infest B to. At first B makes like it's just an act, just pretending to have this hatred. When B acts out in school though, it seems to be more than just pretend hatred. B's friends also hear about the zombie attacks, they are a bit less skeptical. They are more concerned about B's racism. B's best friend is black and it doesn't make sense for B to hate others based on their skin. When the zombies come though, B will have to decided what really matters in life. Does being a person not native to England make you less important? Can B make it out alive and save some people too?
This is going to have to be a fairly short review. There's is such an amazing twist in this book and since this book is so short, I don't feel like I can talk too much about it without spoiling it in some way. B was an interesting character. It's weird to be in the mind of a maybe racist person. B's father is part of the Klan, so it's interesting to see how that affects B. B's father is also abusive towards B and his wife. B's almost too scared not to be a racist. It made me cringe a little all the hatred that is in this book and radiating from B.
Past the bigotry though, you get the gore. There was definitely a great amount of gore for a good zombie story. The only problem is how long it takes to get to the zombies. B's encounter with zombies takes up a small portion of this small book. It seemed a little rushed once they showed up. It was really amazing still though, but don't read this if you have a weak stomach.
Unfortunately, since this is an ARC I did not get to see the illustrations, but I have a copy coming soon so I'll get to check them out. I hope they fit well with the story.
The last 30 pages or so totally make this book shoot up to 4.5 stars. It was a good 3-3.5 star book before, but the last couple chapters just pulled everything together and punched me in the gut. The book sort of ends with a cliff hanger. I think the ending would work find as a stand alone novel. I crave more, but I feel satisfied with how it ends.
Definitely check this book out if you like a good zombie read. I can't wait for more of this series!
First Line: "THEN...It was the darkest, most wretched hour of the night when the dead came back to life and spread like a plague of monstrous locusts through the village of Pallaskenry."
Favorite Lines: "It's no different in the dream. Except in a way it is. Because I know something worse than a crash is coming. I sense it in the air. The roar of a plane engine is always menacing, but this sounds worse. It sounds hungry."
Sloane already feels dead on the inside, ever since her sister abandoned her. So why is she fighting to survive? A zombie invasion seems like the perf...moreSloane already feels dead on the inside, ever since her sister abandoned her. So why is she fighting to survive? A zombie invasion seems like the perfect cover for her to just give up completely. Unfortunately, there are five other people that are part of her group now. They care whether she lives or dies, so she is supposed to care too. As the days pass and no help comes for them though, just surviving might not be enough. If help doesn't come for them, they may have to seek help. Sloane doesn't see the point to go on, but she can't bring herself to give up just yet.
There was no doubt in my mind that this book would be anything short of amazing. I was correct. Courtney Summers takes a subject we've read so much about and puts it in a completely different mood. This is a much more somber zombie apocalypse novel. Sloane Price's narration sets a tone that is beautifully depressing. She had already given up on life the very morning that the outbreak happened, so it was interesting seeing someone who doesn't want to live surviving. It is a hard thing to let people go, when everyone around you is dying. This is what Sloane realizes, when the others she meets up with won't let her leave on her own. The relationships between the characters that find their way to shelter is tense. There is a lot of blame going on between Trace and Cary and that creates so much tension it is nearly unbearable to read. I really loved how well Summers got into the dynamics between the characters locked up trying to survive. The atmosphere within the school was perfect and a bit scary, everyone is on edge and everyone is settling in waiting for help.
Now on to the zombies. They were not the main event in this novel, and I loved that. Don't get me wrong, I love a good zombie apocalypse as much as the next person, but this novel was about a lot more than just getting your flesh eaten and trying to survive. There were zombies, and they certainly had their role. They were an important part to this novel and the way everything comes to be. It definitely had to be zombies, no other disaster would do because this one worked out perfectly.
Sloane was an interesting character to be in the mind of. Most people are completely set on survival. Their instincts set in and they know they want to live. Sloane didn't, but she was. Sloane gets caught in a tricky situation. If it's the end of the world, can you be selfish and kill yourself? Sloane was really working on figuring things out. She was so calm and just taking in all the drama that unfolded around her. She sort of checked out of her body for awhile, until she started to feel like maybe she should go on. It was a little disappointing that is took her so long to figure herself out, but it's how things go.
This is a novel you don't want to miss, but don't expect a lot of action. This was a beautifully written account of a more realistic zombie apocalypse. There will be a lot of waiting around once you make it to safety. There won't be a be-heading every minute. There will be a lot of contemplation and issues between survivors. Pick this up and read it now!
First Lines: "Lily, I woke up and the last piece of my heart disappeared. I opened my eyes and I felt it go."
Favorite Lines: "I dig my hands into the grit. I like how it feels."
R has been dead for a long time. Or, maybe he's only been dead a few days, he doesn't remember. He doesn't remember his life when he was alive, doesn'...moreR has been dead for a long time. Or, maybe he's only been dead a few days, he doesn't remember. He doesn't remember his life when he was alive, doesn't remember what it's like to be alive. All he has of his name is a single sound R. R is different from all the other walking dead though, he wants more from life. He's not satisfied with a groan here and a moan there, a shuffle-shuffle and some brains for lunch. R wants to be alive again, to feel again and to remember. On one of his hunting trips he dives into the brain of a young man, but before he can finish he is distracted by a girl. His friend is going after her and R intervenes. R saves this girl's life and takes her back to his home. He finds out that her name is Julie and he wants to keep Julie safe. He wants to listen to Frank Sinatra under the stars and never have to kill again. Julie can tell there is something different about R and maybe some of the others too. Maybe they don't have to be the walking dead forever.
This was such a great read. I think teens will love it too, maybe even more than an adult audience. This isn't your typical Zombie apocalypse end of the world novel. This is zombie romance. I absolutely adored R, he was such a romantic, even when he was eating brains and other body parts. It was very interesting diving into R's mind, because you got to not only see his desire to be human, but his urges that he has a hard time controlling. Julie was a fantastic character too. Very realistic. The dynamic between the two was quite humorous at times. You can tell that after a day or so, Julie did not see R as a threat, so would freely reprimand him and make fun of him. Julie was such a spark of a girl and just a free thinker, which I imagine can crop up in a society such as this and with a father like hers. One thing that did bother me in this novel, were the voices that R started hearing. I couldn't tell if they were voices he was picking up from good hearing sometimes, voices in his head or logical voices from a deeper connection. It was all a bit vague and at times I just assumed R was losing his mind, or dreaming. I would have liked that explained a little better. I will definitely have to keep an eye out for Issac Marion; not only did he create characters I cared about in a very realistic world, but his writing was beautiful. He captured the romanticism of R's voice even if the actual sound of his voice was croaky and distant. I haven't read many zombie books, but I don't think there are many out there like this one, that offers you a chance to be overwhelmed with compassion for the main, walking dead, character.
First Line: "I am dead, but it's not so bad."
Favorite Lines: "I crush her against me. I want to be part of her. Not just inside her but all around her. I want our rib cages to crack open and our hearts to migrate and merge. I want our cells to braid together like living thread."(less)
Mia is one of the last few people on Earth not obsessed with corn. Mia's life sort of sucks, but she is humorous and finds a friend in Caroline and he...moreMia is one of the last few people on Earth not obsessed with corn. Mia's life sort of sucks, but she is humorous and finds a friend in Caroline and her adopted dog Mr. President.
So this isn't really a review at all, not that they ever really are reviews, but still. This book was not necessarily meant to come to us in this form which is something that must be taken in to consideration. That said, it was freakin' awesome! One of my favorite parts of this book were when Mia and Caroline were talking about book title for their Anthropological Zombie study. Some titles they cam up with were "What to Expect When You're Expecting a Zombie Apocalypse" and "The Care and Feeding of Contemporary Zombies". I though tat was just great. I also like that they even had the idea to do a sociological investigation when there is so little hope left in the world. I think Mia should have been a male though. While I was reading this, I just kept picturing the narrator as male, I'm not really sure why. Maybe the mannerism? It could also be just the simple fact that John Green is male, so I just assume he is going to write from that perspective. I don't know. This was a fast read and I really enjoyed it even though it was horrible in a few ways. If you have a minute or two, just read it. It had a lot of funny and good parts and there are shocking things that happen. Oh and just in case you didn't look at the bottom of the cover, this has ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with Unicorns, they aren't even mentioned.
First Line: "Pre-zombification, my father was already obsessed with corn."
Favorite Line: "He took a minute to die, and it was the smilingest minute I'd ever seen from him." (really I just love the word smilingest!)(less)
Joss is stressed over exams and her debt from student loans. She wishes she could just move to England and watch zombie movies all day. The stress of...moreJoss is stressed over exams and her debt from student loans. She wishes she could just move to England and watch zombie movies all day. The stress of exams is no match for what she finds in the hall one day though. ZOMBIES! In the flesh, rotting flesh that is. Now Joss has to take her knowledge (from movies) of the walking dead and put it to the test. Can Joss's rules save her and her friends? Or will they all be zombie food?
This comic was ridiculous. Really it was pure entertainment. There was hardly any sort of plot line or anything. If you love Zombies, add this to your collection right away. If you want to check out another, older version of this comic you can. In the older version Joss kicks even more ass than in Zombies Calling printed edition. I do have to mention that I hate her hair. Why would you barrette it in the front like that? It seems like it would be super annoying and in the way all the time. Anyways, there is no a whole lot to say about this comic. It's pretty much like watching the middle of a Zombie movie. No drawn out character development and nothing seems to get resolved, only contained. It is in your best interests to get your hands on this and read it though, it was quite brilliant. ;)
To read more about this comic you can check out the website: here.
Wil's older brother had asthma, which is what left him dead. Wil and his parents aren't sure what to do now, how to go on living. So Wil starts playin...moreWil's older brother had asthma, which is what left him dead. Wil and his parents aren't sure what to do now, how to go on living. So Wil starts playing Zombie Tag, a fun game that helps temporarily keep his mind off his dead older brother. That is until he finds a way to bring back all the dead in a 5 mile radius. So his brother comes back, but is now a zombie and not the same brother as before.
Leave it to Hannah Moskowitz to turn zombies into a touching story. Wil not only has to deal with his brother's death, but also his reanimation and subsequent emotionless state. This was an excellent story about zombies and grief. I liked that is had a light feel to it while dealing with the issues, that way you don't get too depressed. Wil was an interesting character and I loved being inside his head. He has that impulsive quality about him where you know he's bound to get in trouble but will try to find his way out of it. I definitely recommend this for kids who are going through death of a loved one, it might make them laugh and also help them realize that death isn't always a bad thing. At the very least, maybe a game of Zombie Tag will lighten their mood a bit. Another great novel by Moskowitz, period.
First Line: "I only invented Zombie Tag three weeks ago, and we've already lost seven spatulas."
Favorite Lines: "Maybe he's just pretending that he doesn't have feelings, because it's easier. Maybe it's way easier not to love me."
Kate is the manager for the football team. They are one of the worst football teams ever. Kate finds this no excuse however, for the Coach to be loadi...moreKate is the manager for the football team. They are one of the worst football teams ever. Kate finds this no excuse however, for the Coach to be loading them up on steroids. After she finds out about the steroid use she notices that some of the guys are acting weird. They are also throwing up black gunk...and losing body parts. Kate isn't sure what's happening to her players, but she knows it isn't good. Kate may be the only one smart enough and brave enough to put a stop to this disease.
This book was a bit too silly most of the time. It is not something that I like. I like my book to be funny, but not over the top goofy. I'm sure tons of people do like that though and if you're one of them you will love this. It was a good book though. A very interesting idea with love-able characters to execute it. Kate was a smart girl and that is what made her awesome and this book awesome. There's nothing I hate more than a dumber-than-rocks heroine. The action in this book is mostly where things get silly. It's very superhero-y. Lot's of adrenaline, but not necessarily a lot of believable bits. This was a very fast read and a great pick if you want a zombie read that still has a lot of gross, but also a lot of humor. I look forward to reading more by Carrie Harris, maybe the next will be a bit less silly.
First Line: "'You're one of those genius types,' said coach, nudging me with a beefy elbow."
Favorite Line: "And I knew what happened to pretty young high schoolers who went out into zombie-infested streets."
Evie always thought of herself as normal. Despite the fact that she was an orphan, saved from certain death by the International Paranormal Containmen...moreEvie always thought of herself as normal. Despite the fact that she was an orphan, saved from certain death by the International Paranormal Containment Agency. Also despite the fact that she can see who people really are, she can see through paranormals' glamours. Inside she knows that she is just a typical teen. She watches Easton Heights and longs to roam the halls of a high school and have drama filled relationships, instead she gets to bag and tag monsters. When an unidentified paranormal sneaks into the Agency headquarters, Evie's whole perspective starts to change. She finds that maybe being paranormal isn't necessarily a bad thing...that is until something starts killing the paranormals and no one knows who or what is doing it. Evie has to make some tough decisions to save herself and possibly the ones she cares about.
Evie was in turns annoying and charismatically funny. It's hard knowing how Evie should be acting since I have never been locked up underground with no one my own age for more than a decade. Still Evie seemed relatively normal. This novel managed to incorporate all sorts of oddities into one interesting story. You get to read about mermaids, hags, faeries, werewolves, vampires and more all in one convenient story of a teenage angst. It seemed like Evie had too much freedom to roam about and do whatever she wanted, she rarely got in any actual trouble and seemed to have little self-restraint despite how she grew up. The action scenes were at times very lackluster. The climax seemed to fall short of extraordinary, lots of build up and then it just sort of tapered off slowly. At times parts of this novel moved a bit too fast while other things seemed ridiculously drawn out. I can't say too much on this without ruining the novel but people just seemed to go with the flow and a lot of characters seemed severely undeveloped despite the major parts they would play. Granted, underdevelopment of some characters is necessary because they are elusive beings, but still other characters could have had a little more meat to them, Evie included. Even though this debut had it's faults, I still think it was worth the read, it was quirky and fun. I can see that Kiersten White has a lot of potential and look forward to reading her next novel. This will certainly appeal to YAs who are looking for a paranormal read with maybe a little romance but also some action.
First Line: "'Wait--did you-- You just yawned!' The vampire's arms, raised over his head in the classic Dracula pose, dropped to his sides."
Favorite Line: "'It ranks right up there with lockers. In fact, sometimes I put my license in my locker, and it's so cool I worry that the whole thing might explode with the sheer coolness of it all.'" (less)