Zom-B by Darren Shan
Series: Zom-B #1
Genre: YA - Horror
Publication: 09.27.2012 by Simon & Schuster
Synopsis: When news reports start appearing of a zombie outbreak in Ireland, B's racist father thinks it's a joke-- but even if it isn't, he figures, it's ok to lose a few Micks.
B doesn't fully buy into Dad's racism, but figures it's easier to go along with it than to risk the fights and abuse that will surely follow sticking up for Muslims, blacks, or immigrants. And when dodging his fists doesn't work, B doesn't hesitate to take the piss out of kids at school with a few slaps or cruel remarks.
That is, until zombies attack the school. B is forced on a mad dash through the serpentine corridors of high school, making allegiances with anyone with enough gall to fight off their pursuers.
Thoughts: I wasn't planning on reading this book right now. Sure, it was on my TBR list but it was pushed farther down. I decided to read it though because both my boyfriend and my brother read it in a few hours and enjoyed it. Since neither of them are readers, I figured it was a good book to get into. Turns out they were both right, and it was. Zom-B is a deliciously gruesome start to a new series that is quick to get through and entertaining until the end.
The author writes a quick note to the reader explaining once you have finished Zom-B and you want to talk about it to others, it's going to be quite hard. There are some twists that made my jaw drop (literally) and of course, now it's difficult to review the book without spilling the beans about what happens.
Zom-B starts us off with some gore and then settles down on B's story, which is a bit controversial in places because the dad is so racist¹. Other than that, the story moves quickly enough, as we get a feel for B. Once the action gets the started, the book picks up pace and becomes pretty gory. The zombies are different and the shocking events that lead up to ending, left me wanting more.
Overall: While I was a little disappointed at how short Zom-B actually was, I am glad I picked this up. It definitely sets the stage for a horrific new zombie series that I am sure many will enjoy.
¹ I was surprised at the amount of racism added to two of the main characters, but it definitely makes the story different and sets it up for a surprising ending. The amount of racist language might offend others.