Book Review: Zom-B City

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Title/Author: Zom-B City by Darren Shan
(Zom-B #3)

Genre: Young Adult, Post-Apocalyptic, Horror, Zombies

Published: April 9th, 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Hardcover, 166 pages

How I Got This Book: Checked it out from the library

Why I Picked It Up?: I really liked where Shan took this story in book #2 (Zom-B Underground review here) and I was VERY curious and excited for what was going to happen next!

Book Jacket Blurb: “After escaping a secret military complex amid the zombie apocalypse, B roams the streets of a very changed London, dirty and dangerous and eerily quite, except for the shuffling of the undead. Once again, B must find a way to survive against brain-eating zombies–and now also against those who have seized control of the city. With danger lurking around every corner and no one to trust, B has to decide whether to join the creepy Mr. Dowling in exchange for his protection. When everyone around you is dead, where do you turn for help?”

My Review of this Work:

Disclaimer: This review will inevitably have spoilers for the previous two books in this series, so if you want to avoid spoilers, skip this review.

So first of all, I just want to say, these books are really short. So they take no time to read, and, likewise, they produce short reviews. But that’s okay! Because I like these books!

B has found her way into the outside world, among the mumbling dead-walkers (Zom-heads) and the survivors who are trying to find safety from a broken government. Since all of the awake zombies like B are now gone, B finds herself alone in a world that doesn’t understand exactly who–and what–she is. And yet, she can’t seem to escape the creepy clown man known only by the name on his shirt, Mr. Dowling, or his minions that seem to be roaming at every turn.

This book really delves into just how lonely a zombie apocalypse would be. Many shows and movies focus on groups of people (ie: The Walking Dead), but Shan focuses on one lonely half-survivor roaming the streets of London on her own. B finds another loner–a painter. What is really cool about this guy is that through this character, Shan sets up a dichotomy of how loners survive in the aftermath of tragedy. B = a fighter, a perserverer, a seeker. Artist guy = a person who retreats completely inside himself, pulling away from humanity and focusing on one task (painting the zombies). And, like one retreats inside himself and fades away, the artist fades out of the story.

B’s character growth continues in this third installment of this series. In book one, B is introduced as such a harsh, brash, and cruel character. Book two, we find B questioning everything about herself and feeling a bit of regret. Zom-B City, we find B actively trying to become a better being. She understands that everything has changed–the world, her body, her family, her life–and through those changes she is finding that she, too, can change. I am really interested to see B find more strength and sincerity later in the series!

Overall, this book was exciting and thrilling and VERY CREEPY! Though there is nothing too complicated about the plot, there is something quite addicting about this series. I just want more! Good thing the 4th book comes out this summer! YAY!

My Bookshelf Rating:

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A Middle Shelf Book!

Definitely the best book of the series so far! I love the interaction between the alive-dead and the dead-dead. B’s character is growing into And the creepy Mr. Dowling makes another appearance in a HUGE way! This book is filled with some very interesting characters and happenings, and the ending definitely makes me excited for book four! 3.5 solid stars!

 

Love and Marble Cake,
Jennifer

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