Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Audio Book Review: Zom-B (Zom-B #1) by Darren Shan

Release date: October 16, 2012
Published by: Hachette Audio
Narrated by: Emma Galvin
Source: Library
Author links: Website | FB | Twitter

When news reports start appearing of a zombie outbreak in Ireland, B's racist father thinks it's a joke. 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. 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.

What a strange little zombie tale. It's really only 10% about zombies and 90% dealing with family and emotional issues. It almost didn't work for me, but the two twists toward the end made the entire story worth listening to. I love a good surprise and I especially love when a character I've become disgusted with get what's coming to them. 

The main character, B, becomes increasingly difficult to like as the story progresses. B is a kid who comes from a family that is dominated by a racist, violent, quick-tempered father. Acceptance and praise from B's father is important, so B begins to think and act much like he does. It becomes very frustrating at times because I wanted to understand this character's thoughts and actions, but they never added up. B would do nasty, racist things knowing they were wrong, even felt bad about doing them before they happened, but went through with it anyways. I tried to keep in mind that B was a young kid desperate for a father's love and attention, but that excuse didn't hold up for me for very long.

Throughout much of the story the characters only hear news reports of a zombie invasion in another area. Many of them believe it's a hoax or conspiracy since they haven't witnessed it first hand. This kept the
 zombie action to a minimum. But once it actually started I was a very happy gal. It's what I'd patiently been waiting for. The blood, the guts, the intense action scenes, the suspense of not knowing who was going to die next...you know, the things that make zombie stories so exciting.

Overall I can say that I really enjoyed this story, but I wouldn't recommend it to just anyone. If you're looking for a unique zombie tale and can tolerate a couple of racist, asshole characters and you don't mind waiting until you're almost to the conclusion to see any real zombie action...then go ahead and download this. 


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