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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 okay to lose a few Micks.B doesn't fully buy into...
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 okay to lose a few Micks.B doesn't fully buy into...
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  • 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 okay to lose a few Micks.

    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.

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  • Darren Shan is the New York Times bestselling author of the Saga of Darren Shan, the Demonata series, and the Saga of Larten Crepsley. He lives in Ireland, and his books have sold over twenty-five million copies worldwide.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    October 8, 2012
    Shan, author of the Cirque du Freak and Demonata series, enters the zombie genre in a thoroughly bloody fashion with this slow-burning horror piece, which opens a planned 12-book series. This slim volume starts off quietly, introducing readers to narrator B Smith, an English teen who seems headed for a bad end, a born troublemaker following the example of a physically abusive, racist, and thuggish father. Struggling with violent impulses, a desire for paternal approval, and a lowbrow group of friends, B makes one wrong choice after another, leading up to the moment of truth, when a devastating zombie outbreak turns everyday existence into a life-or-death struggle. With the body count rising rapidly and everybody fending for themselves, B’s true colors finally show—at least one of the late revelations should catch readers off guard—setting the stage for the next entry. Character development is impressive for a relatively short book, and Shan executes the transition from normalcy to wholesale terror masterfully. It’s a strong start, but there’s a lot of story left to go. Ages 12–up. Agent: Christopher Little, Christopher Little Literary Agency.

  • School Library Journal

    March 1, 2013

    Gr 7-10-In this compelling tale (Little, Brown, 2012), Shan tackles bullying, abuse, racism, and zombies. B is the son of an abusive father and a clueless mother living in London. He's also street-smart, tough, and a bit of a thug. His father's prejudice bothers him, but he finds it easier and safer to go along with his ideas rather than stand up against them. Together with his dad, B makes fun of zombie videos on the news until they discover that the zombies are real, and soon B must choose between survival or doing what's right. Emma Galvin does a fine job with the many accents and cultures included in this gory horror story, setting the moody tone of the violence, as well as capturing B's swagger and angst. Listeners will be captivated but might miss the symbolism of the zombies and the racists. This first title in a projected 12-volume series, is an excellent addition to library collections for teens.-Sandi Jones, Augusta High School, AR

    Copyright 2013 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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