At first no one believes the images on YouTube are real: zombies devastating Ireland, leaving villages in ruins and mutilated corpses in their wake. Teenager “B Smith” is far more concerned with surviving high school and a volatile home life than an invasion of hungry zombies. But as the carnage spreads across the U.K., B must face a horrifying prospect. While a lucky few may outrun the zombies, many will fall . . . and some will be forced to join the army of the undead.
It was the darkest, most wretched hour of the night when the dead came back to life and spread like a plague of monstrous locusts through the village of Pallaskenry. The lucky ones were slaughtered in their sleep, their skulls ripped open, their brains devoured. The others suffered a far more terrible fate.
The dead and the undead shared the village for a short, frantic time, but it was a balance made in hell and it could not last. It was clear from the beginning that one side would have to wipe out the other. As the demented, demonic beasts tore into their unsuspecting prey, killing or infecting, it soon became apparent that this was a war the living had never been destined to win.
Shan, author of the Cirque du Freak and Demonata series, enters the zombie genre in a thoroughly bloody fashion with this slow-burning horror piece, which opens a planned 12-book series. This slim volume starts off quietly, introducing readers to narrator B Smith, an English teen who seems headed for a bad end, a born troublemaker following the example of a physically abusive, racist, and thuggish father. Struggling with violent impulses, a desire for paternal approval, and a lowbrow group of friends, B makes one wrong choice after another, leading up to the moment of truth, when a devastating zombie outbreak turns everyday existence into a life-or-death struggle. With the body count rising rapidly and everybody fending for themselves, B's true colors finally show at least one of the late revelations should catch readers off guard setting the stage for the next entry. Character development is impressive for a relatively short book, and Shan executes the transition from normalcy to wholesale terror masterfully. It's a strong start, but there's a lot of story left to go. Ages 12 up.
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I like zombies so I like this book
You don't even know who the main character is until near the end of the story. Then it is a bit racist at times also you don't know if it a guy or a girl. It need a little organization.
Darren Shan writing at his best , I ain't a reader and have always been captured by Darren Shan books