David's Bookshelf | 02 November 2014 | David B

In the world of constant social pressures and unresolved inner demons called being a teenager, B Smith thought zombies were the last the thing to be concerned about.

 

Where will you be when the zombie apocalypse strikes? What will you do? Most people have never seriously considered these questions, but in ZOM-B by Darren Shan the protagonist, known as B Smith, starts thinking about them after seeing news reports of zombie attacks in Ireland. Taking place in London, England, ZOM-B follows B’s complex, stressful life that has no need of zombies; what with having to deal with an abusive, racist father who is a respected public activist, in addition to keeping up the tough-kid appearance at school by joking about killing zombies on the weekend and beating up anyone who B happens to dislike that day, friend or not.

 

Not to mention the recurring nightmares of claustrophobia and demonic babies that sap sleep, or the nagging feeling that the racist persona used to stay on daddy’s good side may actually be taking over who B is inside. Featuring stark black and white illustrations throughout the book of battles of morals and ethics as well as the living against the undead, watch what happens when zombies attack B’s school and other questions must be asked: Who am I really? Can my choices define who I am? And who really knows about what is going on in the world?

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