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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  22 reviews
17-year-old Dallas Langdon is fighting off zombies with a pizza cutter.

Dallas has always loved zombie movies. But when she catches a real live (erm, dead) musician eating a man’s intestines backstage after the show, she knows her movies have become a reality. And what do characters in zombie movies do? Seek shelter. Fortunately, Dallas's eccentric uncle owns a farmhouse in
Paperback, 158 pages
Published August 5th 2017 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Whispering Stories
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This is a book has all the traits you’d expect to find in a YA zombie classic – gore, makeshift weapons, teenage bickering and oddly timed romance.

The book lays out very early on what’s going to happen: how the zombie virus is going to progress and where the main characters are going to head to for safety so there’s not many surprises in store, this book is primarily about the journey and the relationships between the characters: Dallas, her frien
Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary
State of Emergency is a nice, quick read set in the beginning of a zombie outbreak. It's only 158 pages long, but it gives you a cool look into the beginning of the zombie apocalypse as seen through the eyes of a seventeen year old girl who grew up on horror movies. I was reminded a small touch of the Feed novel by Mira Grant because of this, and a line about being a certain weight to turn. (Not a bad thing at all.) It really does make you stop and wonder how people that have grown up in the las ...more
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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State of Emergency was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

State of Emergency finds itself in the zombie sub-genre and that is a tricky place to be. There are only a few routes you can go with a zombie story, basically during the outbreak and after it. This is a during the outbreak story; think more Night of the Living Dead or Shaun of the Dead and less 28 Days Later or The Walking Dead. In recent yea
Ash †Reviews of a FearStreetZombie†
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Zombie lovers
I received this book in return for a honest review.

New Orleans? Zombies?
How can you possibly go wrong? You can't!

I just want to put it out there that when I read "17-year-old Dallas Langdon is fighting off zombies with a pizza cutter."
I didn't read anything after that because I was already sold. I HAD to read this book and find out just how that would go down. Lol

Though the pizza cutter I thought of were the round home hand held ones with the handles.... Now I'm pretty sure it's those fancy cu
Elizabeth Cash
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Normally, I'm not a big fan of zombie books, but this one was definitely tasteful. It starts out slow, feeding you bits and pieces to get you hooked. Then it gets fast paced and you don't want to stop reading because you just HAVE to know what happens. What I liked most about this book, was that it focused more on the outbreak than it did on what comes after. No matter where these teens went, no matter how safe they felt, even for just a moment, the outbreak would catch up to them and they would ...more
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A truck transferring hazardous chemicals crashes in a cemetery and leaks its poison into the water supply. Locals begin to get sick and become violent. Dallas, a teenage girl who dreams of being a singer is with her friends visiting a frenemy who has already acquired her dream of fame when the outbreak occurs. Dallas is one of few people who see the sickness for what it really is, a zombie outbreak. She convinces her friends to flee with her to her uncle’s off-grid self-sustaining fa
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
A teen concert goes horribly awry when a shocking zombie virus is unleashed, and one teenage girl must lead her friends towards safety with only a pizza cutter as a weapon. Can the teens survive the zombie apocalypse? Find out in author Mary Hallberg's State of Emergency. Here's the synopsis:

17-year-old Dallas Langdon is fighting off zombies with a pizza cutter.

Dallas has always loved zombie movies. But when she catches a real live (erm, dead) musician eating a man’s intestines backstage after t
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Time taken to read - < 1 day

Pages - 158

Publisher - Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

Source - Author (review request)

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17-year-old Dallas Langdon is fighting off zombies with a pizza cutter.

Dallas has always loved zombie movies. But when she catches a real live (erm, dead) musician eating a man’s intestines backstage after the show, she knows her movies have become a reality. And what do characters in zombie movies do? Seek shelter. Fortunately, Dallas's eccentric
Rajalakshmi Prithviraj
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one zombie story that never gave me nightmares during the sleepless nights that followed.

Yes, the plot revolves around a girl's tryst with zombies, or rather the zombie virus, unleashed in her city. It shows how she escapes and how she deals with the ups and downs that come her way. For more input, do read the story.

The narrative is fast paced and thats the best part about this story. You wont be able to put the book down without finishing it. Mary does have a distinct writing style. She
Christopher Schmitz
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mary Hallberg’s State of Emergency gets characterization down right. It feels a lot like a meme I once read about playing D&D (the one with what we think it’ll be like and a pic of heroes from Lord of the Rings compared to what it’s really like: the cast from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.) State of Emergency is a far cry from Walking Dead, and that’s a good thing. There are way too many clones out there and this is a breath of fresh air in the zombie genre.

While Dallas fighting off zombie
Kaitlyn King
Oct 28, 2017 rated it liked it
First things first, this is a zombie book. By far my favourite genre of books (if it can be considered its own separate genre). When I do get brief moments at school when I decide paying attention is for people going somewhere in life I like to reread a variety of different zombie novels. If there's anything I've learned from studying them it's that to stand out among the many out there it has to be unique. And this book is unique in the way that it draws off the classic zombie story.
Let me tell
Valerie Roberson
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review
This book is great for teens who love zombies. The main characters in the story are 16 and 17 years old. Dallas and Talia are sisters and they are with their friends to see a friend Tatum perform, sing in a club. There is a accident and chemicals go into the drinking water. A boil water emergency notice went out in the town. Tatum was at the accident and got thirsty and drank from the cemetery facet.
The water will give you a deadly virus that kills you or puts you into a coma and when you come
Boundless Book Reviews
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dallas is at a concert with friends when the first zombie shows up. After all the movies she has seen, she decides to travel with her friends to her Uncle's place in Tennessee, just in case. The virus spreads, and soon Dallas and her friends are in a race to save themselves.

I have to say that I have not read many books about zombies. I have seen the movies and the shows but just haven't read that much on the subject. I have to say this story was surprisingly good. It was fast paced and intense a
Sep 15, 2017 rated it liked it
** DISCLAIMER - I was sent this book in return for an honest review. This did not affect my rating. **

3.2 **

STORY 4/5 (I'm not a huge fan of zombies but I really enjoyed the premise here. I also liked how we saw the very beginning of the outbreak instead of months or years in. It was just a unique perspective.)

CHARACTERS 3/5 (They were only ok. I could tell that the point was to get to know these people and care for them but I never felt like I learned anything about them other than likes and di
Erin Cataldi
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
A teen zombie novel that focuses on the outbreak, rather than the aftermath. If you mixed Mike Mullin's teen survival book, "Ashfall," with "Night of the Living Dead," you would get this book. Five teens practically witness the birth of the outbreak, when a pop-star starts eating her crew. An overturned semi leaks toxins into the water and the outbreak starts slow, but seems to follow the teenagers where-ever they go. Every-time they think they're safe, a hoard catches up with them. At first onl ...more
Lisa Holloway
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Just like modern day zombie movies, this book is the simple story of a teenager and her friends trying to get away from zombies before they are eaten or become zombies themselves. The writing is simple and organized. There is humor and gore. The book is all about the escape, but also about the relationships between the group of teens. The characters have distinct personalities, but I would have liked to have seen them developed a bit more to add some meat to the book. The author lets the reader ...more
Natasha Banton
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 18+ and people who love to read zombie books
Recommended to Natasha by: Mary Hallberg
This book was an amazingly good read.

It started off really well and it made me want to read more.

At the end of the first chapter, I wanted to read more. Near the end, I didn't want to read the rest because of what happened to one of the characters, but I finished reading it anyway I needed to find out more and what happened next and at the end, I thought it was sweet.

I believe that there should be more books to continue this book.

I would definitely read this again and again.
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
State of Emergency was a free read off of amazon. The plot of the story was very interesting but sadly fell flat. I love how the zombies showed up quick in the book but hated how the teenagers left their parents behind and saved themselves. How selfish and irritating.

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Andretta Schellinger
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
So this book is actually 3.5 and would be more but for a couple of things. 1) a dog dies, nope just nope. 2) it gets a little preachy. Other than that it is a really good book and would have been a solid 4.0 but you lose points for dead pets.
Dec 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Despite not being a genre I would normally choose and me definitely not being the target age group, I found this well written and the plot was engaging. I would recommend it for teenagers, Zombie book fans, horror fans and could certainly see it would make a great film or TV drama.
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A zombie apocolypes told from a teenager's point of view. With a some what happy ending. I enjoyed reading this.
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I received a copy of this novel in return for an honest review

I am kind of sick of zombies, there I said it. However, when the author requested a review I was intrigued and so I gave it a chance.

This story is simple. Teenagers try to get away from zombies before they get eaten. However, the tale was spun with humor, action, and suspense and is all about how they are trying to get away from said zombies.

I would have liked al little more time spent on character development, but the world buildi
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As a child, Mary Hallberg’s mother wanted her to read HEIDI and CADDIE WOODLAWN, so she grew up reading Goosebumps books under the covers. As soon as she was old enough for a Blockbuster card, she graduated to horror classics like Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and The Evil Dead. Her parents still wonder where they went wrong in raising her. She lives in Mississippi. Follow her on twitter @ ...more