Laurisa White Reyes | 11 July 2014 | Laurisa White Reyes

Shan's Zom-B was a fun gore-filled romp! Only the 2nd zombie book I've ever read, I actually enjoyed it immensely. Shan's unembellished writing style and straight-to-the-point narration made for a fast-paced ride. Some elements I particularly enjoyed was the shocking revelation at the end of who the protagonist "B" really is. Also, the themes of racism, domestic violence and personal integrity give this story depth. But the best part is just the guts and gore, zombies eating people's brains and eating them alive. The descriptions are not overly disgusting, but you get enough of the picture to image the zombie-infested school and "B"'s desperate race to escape. Zom-B is short, too, just 192 pages with pretty large type and plenty of pen and ink sketches, perfect for the otherwise reluctant reader. And yes, the ending came as a shock. Hee hee.

4 stars

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