Everyone thought it was a joke, a hoax, anything but real. There’s no such thing as zombies. B just puts it out of her mind and tries to go about her ‘normal’ life. But B is wondering more and more how normal her life really is. She tells herself that even though B's dad is a bigot and has a short fuse, he’s basically okay, but more and more B has to face the evil from inside B's dad and inside. That’s only if B survives! Turns out flesh eating zombies ARE real and they’re really hungry!
Okay, I totally get that there are about 18 billion zombie books on the market right now, so it is pretty difficult to wade through the moaning hordes of books. But Darren Shan is a no-brainer for writing a zombie series! He is the absolute king of modern gross out teen horror! And he has made a bold and bloody claim to have the best zombie series out there. What I love is that this book starts with a bloody bang of zombie mayhem, then switches gears and looks at B’s day to day life and what makes B tick. And B is not our typical hero. B’s seriously conflicted about following in B's father’s racist footsteps, but too scared to challenge the life B has. And that conflict is interesting enough even before zombies start ripping people’s brains out! And the bloody, gruesome violence will not let down Darren Shan fans or any zombie lovers that like their action fast and brutal. The central mystery of what is causing the outbreaks and who the mystery figure that B calls Owl Man and what makes the mutants different form the zombies will have to be solved in future volumes. The book definitely ends with a heart-rending climax that will leave readers drooling for the next title.
I’d say that this is the first zombie horror series that stands up to my all-time favorite zombie series The Enemy books by Charlie Higson. Weird that they both take place in England! The Brits have a lockdown on my favorite zombie fiction! This is the first part of a 12 part series, but you’ll rip through the slender volumes so fast you’ll be left wanting more. Fortunately, Shan promises a volume every 3 months and we already have Underground the second book in the series. I’ll definitely be following this one and will keep you all recapped after a few more volumes to let you know how the mystery unfolds.