SORRYSORRYSORRYSORRYSORRY! I know, I've been terrible, but I've had loads of stuff with school, uni applications and family stuff. But I'm back now. Because it's been forever since my last post, I've decided to come back with a real treat for you guys.
As you guys may or may not
know, Darren Shan is one of my all-time favourite authors, and I've grown up
reading his Cirque du Freak and Demonata series. So, you can
probably imagine how excited I was when he announced he was writing another
series called Zom-B. I assume I don't have to explain to you what it's
The first book was simply
called Zom-B, and was centered around zombie attacks occurring in London
and what happened to the main character, nicknamed "B". I'm not going
to tell you any more about this book, because if I give away anything else the
twists will be revealed and you will hate me for it. If you haven't read the
first one, stop reading NOW. Trust me. Go, read it, and come back here. I'll
wait for you, I promise. GO AWAY.
Hello, people that stayed.
I don’t know if you’ve actually read the first book or if you ignored me. But
whatevs. Many first books spoilers to come. But before I start gushing over
Shan’s new book, let’s find out what it’s about. Ready? Set? Boom, here goes
Waking up in a military complex, months after zombies attacked school, B
has no memory of the last few months. Life in the UK has turned tough since the
outbreak, and B is woven into life- and battle- in the new military regime
quickly. But as B learns more about the zombies held in the complex and the
scientists keeping them captive, unease settles in. Why exactly was B saved?
And is there anyone left in the world to trust?
Right, so I finished
reading this book literally ten minutes ago, and I wanted to write my review as
soon after as possible, because I didn’t want to forget any of the cool bits. I
was left reeling by both of the twists in Zom-B, especially the one at the end.
I was all like “HE JUST KILLED THE PROTAGONIST! WHAT?” which, I’m sure, is exactly the reaction he
wanted to get. But, of course, she wasn’t really dead. Well, she was, but not
in the way you think. Confused, much? Let me clear that up for you.
Basically, B has turned
into a totally badass zombie. But she’s not a mindless beast like the rest of
them, because she regains her consciousness. The name given to this kind of
zombies is ‘revitalized’ or ‘Zom-head’. She’s exactly the same person as she
was in the first book (well, aside from the fact that she now has fangs, a
gaping hole in her chest and razor-sharp bones sticking out of her fingers).
In the first book, I hated
B. I think Shan took the task of creating a character no one liked and making
them like her anyway upon himself. She used to be a racist, violent bigot.
Granted, this was because of her father’s influence, but I couldn’t help
disliking her intensely. After reading this book, though, I just can’t anymore.
I hate to admit this, but Shan really has managed to redeem the character!
I challenge anyone to start
reading this book and stop halfway through. It’s physically impossible. The
breakneck pace and the fascinating storyline just make the reader keep turning
the pages, intrigued as to what is going to happen next. It’s completely
action-packed and gory, and I recommend it to all readers who are out there.
Well, if you’re scared of clowns maybe you should think twice about it (look at the cover of Zom-B: City. Yes, that's an eye on his nose).
I don’t want to give the
ending away, but let’s just say that zombies aren’t the worst things B is going
to find herself faced with in this new world she finds herself in. Two books in
to the series, and I’m already hooked. Shan has a gift; he’s one of the only
authors than can keep the twists fresh and unexpected, making the reader
question everything every step of the way. I love it. Go get it and read it,