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Zombies Vs. Unicorns by Holly Black
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Jan 20, 12

“Zombies vs. Unicorns” is collection of short stories that venture into several twisted realties,

half of which have been disenchanted by the existence of zombies. In “Prom Night” by Libba

Bray, a pair of best friends along with their entire high school class have been left to defend

themselves and find delight in a post-apocalyptic world. Bray’s dialogue exhibits the spirit and

humor of today’s youth. Throughout the story the two main protagonists exchange conversation

in which their camaraderie and wit create a realistic and relatable feel for the reader. Carrie

Ryan’s “Bougainvillea” follows Iza, a young woman who is struggling to find contentment

amidst the remote island of Curacao shortly after The Return. Iza’s loneliness and excessive

pondering make her seem weak and distracted. However, when zombie pirates invade her

home, Iza rises up and shows courage and strength. Ryan’s characterizations are deep. Iza, at

first, appeared to be lost and childish, but with a turn of events she proved to be cunning and

very much worthy of the hierarchy she would soon obtain. The same is to be said for Ayala

Dawn Johnson’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart”. Lust, hate, and romance are all packed into a

complicated collection of emotions growing between two young men and their piers. From what

I’ve read of “Zombies vs. Unicorns”, Justine Larbalestier has done a fine job and assembling

a compilation of stories set in outlandish settings with pretty familiar characters. These short

stories explore detailed and drastic environments through interesting and entertaining characters.

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