Book Walrus | 31 October 2013 | Karl Southern

The first book in Darren Shan’s latest series, ZOM-B, challenges the normal zombie apocalypse idea that has popped up everywhere. With this book be prepared for everything you thought you knew to be turned on its head as Darren Shan tricks you at every corner and forces you to think about your own human nature. Can you still love your father even though he is an extreme racist? That is the moral dilemma facing B, the main character, from the beginning and as B battles with both morality and zombies we are forced further and further into seeing how evil basic human nature can be.

 

This book doesn’t end how you would expect, with B escaping the zombies, no, in this book… well you just need to wait and see what the twist is. But this is not the end, this is just the first of 10+ books, so with the main character so dramatically changed, what can we expect next?

 

This book is incredibly well written and is both funny and thought provoking. It displays both a similar and a different side to The Fallen, the previous zombie apocalypse novel I read, making it feel completely original and unlike anything I had ever read before, whilst still retaining the essence of a zombie story.

 

I recommend this book to anyone who read the Fallen or any of Darren Shan’s previous books, and I am very much looking forward to the next book and seeing what life is like through a zombie’s eyes.

 

5/5 stars

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