Series: ZomB # 1
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on October 16, 2012
When news reports start appearing of a zombie outbreak in Ireland, B's racist father thinks it's a joke-- but even if it isn't, he figures, it's ok to lose a few Irish.
B doesn't fully buy into Dad's racism, but figures it's easier to go along with it than to risk the fights and abuse that will surely follow sticking up for Muslims, blacks, or immigrants. And when dodging his fists doesn't work, B doesn't hesitate to take the piss out of kids at school with a few slaps or cruel remarks.
That is, until zombies attack the school. B is forced on a mad dash through the serpentine corridors of high school, making allegiances with anyone with enough gall to fight off their pursuers.
At school, the students are just as skeptical of the coming zombie apocalypse as B’s parents. The students wonder whether the zombies are a result of a government experiment gone wrong, perhaps involving chemical weapons. Or maybe they’re aliens. A teacher encourages the skepticism: “Trust no one. Always question what you’re told.” But soon, the school is overrun, and there is no denying that zombies are real.
The action is exhilarating, and it leads up to a whopper of an ending. Where can this story possibly go from here? I took a peek at the synopsis for the sequel, and I’m intrigued. How exactly is Darren Shan going to paint himself out of this corner? Books two and three are already out, so I won’t have long to wait.