In ATTACK OF THE SOUL-SUCKING BRAIN ZOMBIES, Russel is forced to choose between the guy right at home that he wants, and the guy 500 miles away that he loves. He's also dealing with his parents, who have found out that he's gay and are none too pleased.
When you flip the book over and start reading BRIDE OF THE SOUL-SUCKING BRAIN ZOMBIES, it's Min's story that will have you rapidly flipping pages. When Min meets Leah, she has to decide if this girl, the girl she might be in love with, is worth having a hidden relationship, something Min never wants to do again.
Gunnar and Kevin are two very interesting characters that appear in both stories, which chronicle very different experiences as extras in a weird monster movie. You have to read both stories to find out the whole of the one story; they are different stories, yes, but together they do make up one whole, very good storyline.
Occasionally the writing seemed a little too simple, but the great stories and characters really make up for that. Important issues are addressed admirably in this wonderful book that readers of Hartinger's previous books (especially those featuring this same cast of three-dimensional characters) will love!
Reviewed by: Jocelyn Pearce