I have said all year that I want to read all 4 main series books by Darren Shan this year, but we are already in November and I am only starting the 3rd series so I don’t think ill be getting it done this time. I recently got the whole Zom-B series on my kindle for £11.88 instead of paying £59.88 thanks to an offer that amazon were doing, so after recently finishing the first book it is time for a review.
Zom-B is a radical new series about a zombie apocalypse, told in the first person by one of its victims. The series combines classic Shan action with a fiendishly twisting plot and hard-hitting and thought-provoking moral questions dealing with racism, abuse of power and more. This is challenging material, which will captivate existing Shan fans and bring in many new ones. As Darren says, “It’s a big, sprawling, vicious tale…a grisly piece of escapism, and a barbed look at the world in which we live. Each book in the series is short, fast-paced and bloody. A high body-count is guaranteed!”
Taken from goodreads
So this is the first series by Darren Shan I have read that doesn’t involve vampires, so I had no idea what to expect from this and I have purposely avoided any reviews regarding the book so I didn’t get spoiled on anything. The only reason I knew that it wasn’t going to be about vampires is because the book basically tells you it’s going to be about zombies from the title.
We basically follow the life of a girl called B (I didn’t know she was a girl until the book was almost finished) as she goes through school and how she is at home. It is from her life that we find out that she lives with an abusive racist dad who thinks anyone who is not white is below them. Its also through the eyes of B that we find out about the Zombie plague that has been happening in a small village in Ireland and has got people all around Britain worried as they think that it is going to happen to them. Little did they know that it does.
The last half of the book has a lot of action that all takes place in less than an hour and in traditional Darren Shan style I was loving every word of his writing. I wanted to find out more about the zombies and how they worked and who the people who were leading the zombies where. On another traditional Darren Shan style, he left us on a massive cliff hanger which means I want to write this review and get straight onto the next book.
I will say that with a lot of the racism parts of the book I found myself being very uncomfortable with the way that the Dad was acting throughout the book and found it hard to believe that people still act this way even though I know it’s true. I do also like the way it was brought up as people who didn’t know a lot about racism will be shown a lot of good points and hopefully have their opinions changed thanks to this.
As I said above I loved every word of the last half of the book but I also loved the first half as well as we got to see the trouble that B was having with having her own opinion but also learning things from her dad which she knew was wrong. I just wanted to keep on reading and was disappointed when I found out I had finished the book.
I recommend this to anyone who has ever read a book by Darren Shan and want to delve into a new universe that we haven’t had yet, also if you love horror then giving this book a go will be a good thing to do.