Saturday, October 5, 2013
SHOCKTOBER Zom-B series by Darren Shan YP FIC SHAN
Having already reviewed the super awesome Zom-B, I waited for three more volumes to do an update. Just in time for Shocktober!
SPOILER ALERT: Do NOT read this review if you don't want Zom-B Volume 1's big secrets revealed.
B (AKA Becky, that's right twist ending B is a girl lady!!!) wakes up months after being attacked by a zombie and having her HEART RIPPED OUT OF HER CHEST!!! Now she is a Zom-B, but unlike the shuffling masses she has her memories and her own mind. Unfortunately, she is a prisoner/test subject of a secretive military force that is keeping her Underground. She may just find that there really are fates worse than death!
B has left the underground military installation (NO SPOILERS ON HOW!) and is roaming the ravaged remains of London. Holding as best she can to the semblance of humanity as she tries to find other survivors and escape the horrors of the dead, the living, and the worst: The mutants and the demonic clown of death, Mr. Dowling.
B has been found by others like her. Revitalized, zombies that think. They call themselves the angels and say they can save the world, but can she trust them? And is she willing to walk away from the only people left on Earth that are like her?
This series is getting better, creepier, gorier, and more nightmare inducing. It's already up to four volumes with a fifth volume soon to hit our shelves, so you have some catching up to do. however, with Halloween around the corner this is the perfect time! Each volume is a quick read, that leaves you wanting to tear open a fresh volume like the shambling undead tear open skulls! Sorry, that was a little gross, but NOTHING compared to the fiendish horrors and atrocities that Shan has nightmared up for us! Mr. Dowling is absolute nightmare fuel and every time he shows up something gut wrenching (often literally) is sure to happen. It filled we with a perverse sense of dread and eagerness to see what he would do next, which is the perfect thing in a horror book. I think Shan has really got a great protagonist with street tough B. She's just good enough and bad enough to both root for and be believable. Shan has also populated the world with some fascinatingly freaky survivors for her to run into and keeps thing fresh by introducing just enough new faces to feel lively without getting confusing as to who is who. It helps that he often slaughters loads of characters to keep you on your toes. Sometimes I think that the REAL zombie plague is how many new zombie books and movies keep coming out, but this is one of the few shining stars in the field. Its fast paced, creepy, gross, and filled with some truly clever twists.
You can find Zom-B: Underground in our catalog here.
Zom-B: City in our catalog here.
Zom-B: Angels in our catalog here.