by Gena Showalter
This YA goodie was a fun one. Lots of high school drama and posturing, emotional “entire family is dead” drama but regardless of the title this is not a typical zombie book. The zombies are more “if you are attuned, you will see them” type zombie ghosts.
But since I kind of knew that going in, I wasn’t as disappointed as I would have been and the snark and exageration from these characters cracked me up. I loved her friend Kat who was the snarkiest of the snarks and I wish I had her as a friend growing up. Though honestly it must be tiring to be that on point all the time. And then there is the bad boy romantic interest. He looks like he belongs to a fight club, kids give him a wide berth and rumors abound.
“He’d abducted me, trussed me up like a Thanksgiving turkey, hinted at secret things, promised to share what happened to him in the mornings, asked me out on a non-date, only to give me a big fat pile of nothing? Hello, mixed signals. But okay, whatever. I had no need of him. I’d made plans before him, and I could make plans afer him.” (138)
It was pretty sexy for YA, though only kissing, talking about sex and wishing for more happened. There were some parties and drinking and fighting. It was kind of violent as they were trying to fight zombie ghost things. Showalter’s zombies were interesting, kind of supernatural good vs evil with religious implications. Not sure I fully fell for the concept as once I started thinking about it I was poking holes in the logic. But, again this is YA and a paranormal high school romp where a girl learns to take care of herself, which is always good I think.
I recommend this if you enjoy YA, snarky high schoolers, hip bad boys, paranormal elements and a little fighting for survival stuff. Also, you should be able to suspend your disbelief without tearing holes in the fabric of a book’s reality (I only say this because sometimes when I am in a certain mood I can’t read stuff like this or I get snarky…) Anywho…3.5 star shaped clouds that portend the coming of a rainstorm which will wash away the tracks you made tromping through the forest looking for zombies while your grandparents thought you were tucked safely in bed.