Review: Zom-B

Zom-B by Darren Shan
Genre: Apocalypse, Teen
ISBN: 9780857077530
Published: September 27th 2012 by Simon & Schuster
Rating: DNF

Zom-B is a radical new series about a zombie apocalypse, told in the first person by one of its victims. The series combines classic Shan action with a fiendishly twisting plot and hard-hitting and thought-provoking moral questions dealing with racism, abuse of power and more. This is challenging material, which will captivate existing Shan fans and bring in many new ones. As Darren says, "It's a big, sprawling, vicious tale...a grisly piece of escapism, and a barbed look at the world in which we live. Each book in the series is short, fast-paced and bloody.

I started Zom-B with only the above summary. suffice to say I was expecting a Zombie Apocalypse series, but what I got was a story about a stupid, controlling, manipulated kid and his botched up family. The combination of family problems and zombies was just too much. If it had been a story about a boy becoming a man by standing up to his shitty father, or overcoming the racism he's been taught at a young age, I might have stuck with it. But the combination of the two was just too overwhelming. I only got about a third of the way through the book.

Another reason why I didn't finish it is because the main character was awful. I didn't like him, in fact I wanted something awful to happen to him so he'd die and let a good hero take over the story. He had twisted views about people that were offensive and disgusting. Now I realize that's part of the point of the story (the character overcoming racism) but I couldn't put up with him. I won't waste my time reading a book that pisses me off.

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