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3.57  ·  Rating details ·  7,382 ratings  ·  1,174 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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Miranda Reads
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-series, audiobook
The zombie apocalypse.

Mutants rampart in the streets.

Tempers are high and morality is low.

Thus begs the question...who's ready for a quasi-racist no-good punk hero ?

We follow B. Smith, the quasi-racist, along with a band of merry friends as they deal the initial fallout.

And what a fallout that is.

There's the societal collapse of the entire world and the meltdown of B's personal life. B's Dad is a racist, wife-beating monster and Mom's a compliant head-in-the-sand victim.

B is caught in t
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)
Nov 15, 2012 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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Zom-B (Zom-B #1), Darren Shan
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. As Darren says, "It's a big, sprawling, vicious tale...a grisly piece of escapism, and a barbed
Jun 15, 2015 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
Jun 26, 2012 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
Kimberley doruyter
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.
Amber (Books of Amber)
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-buy-soon
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
Super quick audio guys. I think it was three hours long?

Now I’ve seen so many people read this book/series and yet I never even tried to dive into it. So when I saw that audible was having an awesome sale on audios, I caved and got it. Mostly because it was a short audio but I also secretly wanted to know what people liked about it.

Zom-B was an interesting zombified book since it was so short I was kind of confused on how the zombies first showed up in this school. Maybe I skipped over it becau
Apr 17, 2012 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 ex
Jan 17, 2015 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 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, series, ya, library
Zombies! Took so long for them to show up I forgot what the book was about.
Erica Henry
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The only thing I didn't like is the father. He is an abusive racist piece of shit.
Leo Robertson
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Found this on sale at Outland! (That was like January 2019 lol I still haven't read the full haul of stuff I bought then and have I slowed down buying new books? NOOOOOOOOOO) ZOMG found so many cool things on sale there—great chance to try out new authors. Plus who can resist that cover?

I know lots of people are bored by the notion of new zombie fiction—I've seen a lot of zombie films but haven't actually read a lot of zombie fiction. I read Keene's The Rising and quite enjoyed it. I... think th
Alexxy (Temporary Hiatus because I'm Writing a Thesis)
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Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Chosen for an easier read after a few longer books. Fit the bill and an interesting enough book for all that.
Definitely at the level of its age target but still manages to balance a bit of action and nastiness with a bit of a moral message and character set up.
Faseeh Ilahi
Mar 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook
So I just finished Zom-B by Darren Shah.
Rating 3/5 🌟
It is the 1st book in the Zom-B series. It is a zombie apocalyptic series.
This book is basically a zombie apocalyptic survival story.

This book follows Brian Barry who is just a child and has an abusive father. Her father is really shorttempered and beats her and her mother, whenever he gets angry. Plus that he's a freaking racist. Her mother on the other hand is a really polite and caring lady.

When Ireland was invaded by zombies, she and her f
Odette Brethouwer
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inbezit, 2020

It is another brilliant book. Very relevant in this time again. It is exactly why I love Darren.. it is written genius, the story swept me right into it from the start.

And I don't like horror stories, usually. Unless Darren wrote it, then I love it. Same with this, again!

The twist at the end was spoiled for me, but it made it also fun to read towards it, to be looking for hints or things you could have missed when you are not paying attention to it. But no. it is done brilliantly.

This b
Eric Townsend
Jan 18, 2013 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
Jun 06, 2012 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
Sam Pysklywec
Oct 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
The book Zom-B written by Darren Shan is one of the worst novels I have ever read. It starts with a captivating first 5 pages. However, after that, it all went downhill. The story followed a character named B, but it is never said if they are a boy or a girl or anything else. B’s father is racist and abusive. The book, however, doesn’t teach us a lesson about these serious issues, if anything it almost seemed to encourage it. As a reader we never got a good description of any of the characters, ...more
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
Denysia Yu
Feb 19, 2013 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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Ms. Nikki
Nov 29, 2014 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
Jan 23, 2015 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
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Cameron Mitchell
Sep 03, 2012 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
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was ok

This book has a lot of racism and gore.

That was brutal.
I picked this up for a quick read. I usually like Shan's work so I figured it'd be a good binge read. But the content was worse than anticipated. The main character is a bully and hard to sympathize with. She is the product of her abusive, neo nazi father and is pretty awful. I was doing okay with the concept... until the zombies came. And any remaining morals went out the window. Also the book has some super unecessary pictures that I w
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: a-z-challenge-20
Really not much zombie. I felt like I was reading a creative writing assignment. Granted by an 'A' student and if I were grading a paper it would get a better grade that whatever 2 stars equals. As a book it is just lacking.
Im a fan of apocalypse books especially when the heroine is a girl. This book blew my mind (pun not intended) right from the start. Now I know why Darren Shan is the master of Horror books.
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Librarian's note: Also writes books for adults under the name Darren Dash. And in the past he has released books for adults under the names D.B. Shan and Darren O'Shaughnessy.

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

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