Media Darlings | 12 December 2012 | Maggie Hames

Your teens already know that zombies are trending. Zom-B by Darren Shan is the first installment of Little, Brown Company’s ambitious 12-book series, which will run until 2015 and see a new book published every three months. Zom-B is a clever mix of horror, fantasy and realism but it’s really about the damaging “virus” of racial hatred and social paranoia. The key relationship in the book is between teenager B Smith and his rancidly prejudiced father. B’s dad is a convincingly volatile and unpredictable bully and yet one capable of deft manipulation. The book is a carefully crafted attack on those who pull the strings to incite hatred.

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