The Book Owl Extraordinaire | 20 April 2014 | Joanne

Another success in the Zom-B series by Darren Shan (to me anyway).

 

In this book its been about 4 months since B was held captive to fight as a gladiator. Her and her group of angels have been waiting impatiently to go on a mission to help Dr. Oystein with anything. They finally get the chance to escort a group of humans to a survivor base. Along the way B links up with one of her old friends Vinyl. B was friends with Vinyl even though he was black and her racist father would of beat the crap outta her if he caught her hanging out with him. This is where the racism that played a huge role in the first book comes back into play. Once at the survival base, the angels are allowed in for only a short period of time., where Vinyl gives them a tour. In the base there are racist people who dislike Vinyl because he is black. I find this to be amazing because you'd think in a world like this with dead people who want to eat you, things like racism would die down because it becomes a common goal of all humans to stay alive and work together. Sadly this is not the case. B even hears of rumors that the KKK have come to London and are invading survival camps and getting rid of anyone who is not white. How this organization still manages to function in this world is beyond me. I thinks its ingenious for Darren Shan to make racism a focal point in this and possibly the next book because it shows how no matter how dire a situation, people will still hold on to their own beliefs, no matter how dumb even when they shouldn't. Humans will still hold on to grudges and prejudices even when humanity as we know it could be wiped out. Like I said, Ingenious.

 

B has gone through a lot of changes throughout the series. I don't believe that B was ever a racist like her father but rather that she had to put on a front to be so that she could survive. She genuinely feels bad for throwing that boy to the zombies when she was in the school running for her life and she truly hates what her dad is and how racist he is. Since, you know, she's dead she has a lot of time to think about things. B gets angry at the racists who are living in the survivor base and wants to hurt them but realizes she can't without killing them. She had grown immensely from the scared girl who does whatever her father said to a zombie "woman?" who thinks for herself and does what's right.

 

Rating: A+

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