I've been a big fan of Darren Shan since Cirque du Freak. For such a young author, he never ceases to amaze me (no disrespect to young authors intended). His last series that I read, The City, surprised me with its twists. Zom-B is no exception. I've come to the conclusion that Shan delights in torturing his readers. And yes, he did it to me again in Zom-B. The twist at the end of this book was outstanding!
Zom-B is the story of a young thug growing up in a horrible family. B's dad is a racist and a wife beater and B is subjected to similar physical brutality. In turn, B treats the other students at school just as badly. The reader doesn't come to have much sympathy for B.
I can't go into many more details without spoiling plot points, but obviously zombies are involved. Shan does a good job at describing the advent of the zombie outbreak, which some authors don't do well.
This book also includes plenty of illustrations, which are a nice touch. Even in the Kindle version, the sketches look good.
My only complaint is that the book is too short. Since this series is new, there's no way to tell how many books it will consist of. I have a feeling there will be many though, which means this series will end up being an expensive read. As a big fan of Shan's though, I suppose I won't be able to resist and I'll end up paying for each of the books, regardless of how many there are.
If you have read Shan's books before and enjoyed them, then I definitely recommend this one.
- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's UK; UK ed. edition (1 April 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0857077767
- ISBN-13: 978-0857077769
- Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.1 x 21.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 358 g
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