It’s the epic battle of brains against manes. Which side are you on?
It’s a question as old as time itself: which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? This all-original anthology edited by Holly Black (Team Unicorn) and Justine Larbalestier (Team Zombie) makes strong arguments for both sides in the form of spectacular short stories. Half of the stories portray the strengths—for good and evil—of unicorns, and half show the good (and really, really badass) side of zombies. Contributors include many bestselling authors, including Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Meg Cabot, Scott Westerfeld, and Margo Lanagan.
This anthology will have everyone asking: Team Zombie or Team Unicorn?
In this offbeat anthology, editors Black and Larbalestier embark upon a literary throw-down to determine which is superior: zombies or unicorns. To that end, each assembled a six-person team of writers and set them loose. Each story is prefaced by editorial banter as each editor (hilariously) makes her case. Highlights include Diana Peterfreund's Rampant tie-in, "The Care and Feeding of Your Baby Killer Unicorn"; Libba Bray's postapocalyptic tale of teens trying to maintain a semblance of civilization in "Prom Night"; and Maureen Johnson's pointed take on celebrity fads in "The Children of the Revolution." Meg Cabot's "Princess Prettypants" skewers the image of unicorns as sparkling, rainbow-farting "symbols of pure happiness, hope, and awesomesauce," while Carrie Ryan's "Bougainvillea" acts as a prologue to The Forest of Hands and Teeth. Scott Westerfeld's "Inoculata" examines what happens when the zombie hordes finally win, while the zombie in Alaya Dawn Johnson's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" isn't nearly as far gone. Without a clunker in the bunch, this anthology more than lives up to the potential its concept suggests. Zombies or unicorns? There's no clear winner, unless it's readers. Ages 14 up.
I really liked this book for several reasons. 1)what's more awesome than zombies vs. Unicorns? Nothing. 2) it let u know if it was a zombie story or a unicorn story. 3)it was quite humorous. 4)the commentary between Justine and Holly was the best. 5) my favorite story was by Diana Peterfreund( I think that's how u spell her name) because I love her work and have read other books by her. Especially Rampant which was amazing. I don't like how much had to pay for it, which is the only thing stopping it from getting 5 stars.
As one who loves both unicorns and zombies, I loved this book. The stories were nothing like what I expected and I wish many of them were full length books. So, authors, get on with it! If you need a fun read n the meantime, go with it.
This book....is so amazing. Team Unicorn for sure, but I can sway over to Team Zombie a little (a very, very little) way for Love Will Tear Us Apart :D I mean, how could you NOT love a zombie who's into Arctic Monkeys, Modest Mouse, and Joy Division?