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Hello to all. I’m posting to ask about the suitability of this book for my son. He is 10 and loves the Saga of Darran Shan and has read all the books. He also has the Crepsley saga as well. He really wants this new book and I am hoping someone can give me some advice on how gory Zom-B is. His reading ability is not the question just if the book is too horrific for him. I’ve read reviews and it seems to be a great read. I am a big fan of zombie horror and love the Walking Dead but I wouldn’t let my 10 year old see or read it. I also read post-apocalyptic as a pre-teen and enjoyed it and learned a lot. I’m hoping someone will be able to give me some advice. Thank you.

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It all depends—I think each child is different. My advice is to read the prologue and first chapter—the book doesn’t really get any gorier than the prologue, while the first chapter features some of the racism and threatening familial violence which is also a feature of the books, along with a small bit of swearing. If you think he would be OK with that, then I think he’ll be fine with the rest of the novel and series.

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Many thanks for replying. I think I will get a copy of the book and read it with him and see what he thinks. Although after watching helicopter heroes with him today with a man who’s leg was broken so badly his foot was in his chest, zombies don’t seem quite so gory. I have just had a good chat with him about zombies and the end of the world scenarios and how they can affect people especially young people. We have also discussed the Cold War. So maybe he would be okay with Zom-B. Thanks again.

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It’s no different from The Sage of Darren Shan, The Demonata, The Thin Executioner, and The Saga of Larten Crepsley except it deals with Racism.

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You made a good post. I like to read it.

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Many thanks for the responses. I think I will get it for him and have a read myself so I can talk to him properly about the issues, especially the racism, within the book.

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There’s more bad language than his other books and also there is gore and racism.

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oh yeah, ten is a good time to read it. if he isn’t really creeped out by gory stuff, then yeah. I read it when I had only just turned ten. It is a bit creepy in Zom-B city, but otherwise, its ok. Just beware, it is quite gory with blood and guts and everything. But then, it is a zombie book, so what do you expect? oh, but there is a bit of language throughout the book and the main character’s dad is quite violent. I enjoyed it though, so i’m sure your son will.  :cheese:

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There are a few gory details (in the writing at a small bit in the pictures), swearing, Violence and Racism, but overall ZOM-B is a great read!

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annjwilson - 16 October 2012 08:33 AM

Hello to all. I’m posting to ask about the suitability of this book for my son. He is 10 and loves the Saga of Darran Shan and has read all the books. He also has the Crepsley saga as well. He really wants this new book and I am hoping someone can give me some advice on how gory Zom-B is. His reading ability is not the question just if the book is too horrific for him. I’ve read reviews and it seems to be a great read. I am a big fan of zombie horror and love the Walking Dead but I wouldn’t let my 10 year old see or read it. I also read post-apocalyptic as a pre-teen and enjoyed it and learned a lot. I’m hoping someone will be able to give me some advice. Thank you.

I`m twelve and I read it! It`s not that gory and he should be fine if he reads it, unless he gets scared easily

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