Book Walrus | 03 February 2014 | Karl Southern

CAUTION -- SPOILERS!!!!

 

Zom-B Gladiators is the most recent book in Darren Shan’s Zom-B series. Zom-B is a zombie apocalypse book series, but with a twist as the main character is a zombie herself. After being ‘turned’ she managed to comeback. Living in a state of awareness, she is part-human, part-zombie dubbed ‘revitaliseds’, but she is not the only one. B Smith, the protaganist, is currently working with humans and other ‘revitaliseds’ to try and defeat the zombies and protect any of the surviving humans. In this book B is captured by a group of people who call themselves ‘The Board’, they live on the HMS Belfast and plan to run the country once the zombies are defeated. The Board treat B as a gladiator, pitching her against groups of zombies on a daily basis. Eventually her friends come to the rescue and she escapes, but unfortunately so do part of The Board.

 

At the start of this book B is trying to distance herself from the revitaliseds and the other people she is staying with as it is her belief that it is pointless becoming emotionally attached to people in a world where there is a very large chance of them dying. This is something she debates with bother herself and her old school teacher, Mr. Burke, eventually, after they rescue her, B decides that she could accept these people as her friends.

 

Yet again I have thoroughly enjoyed Darren Shan’s latest novel, especially with such a unique twist on the other apocalypse books that are littered throughout children’s literature. The book shows an in-depth view of the inside moral issues facing B as she tries to survive in this despicable world as well as having brilliant characters, such as Dan-Dan, on both the good side and the bad. I can’t wait to see how the series will unfold.

 

4 out of 5 stars
 

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