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An Entertaining Pick-Your-Own Adventure
on 23 January 2013
I picked this up after feeling nostalgic for pick-your-own adventure books and coming to the conclusion that the kindle was a good format for this particular genre.
"Zombocalypse Now" is a light and entertaining take on the zombie apocalypse told from the point of view of a slightly clueless survivor just trying not to become one of the mindless creatures. The humour is quirky and has a satirical edge and will certainly make you smile. The pick-your-own element is fairly random and really the 'decision' you face at the end of each section may as well be down to the flip of a coin as obvious 'good' choices can often lead to your demise... although that's all part of the fun! The kindle format does work particularly well in this respect as there is a handy 'Back' button when you reach the end of a scenario (typically a gruesome death) which lets you retake your last decision. It is difficult to say more about the plot other than there are a huge variety of paths for your character and each read through won't take that long making it a good title to have for those times when you just want something easy going and amusing.
The only slightly negative point is that the character is a pink stuffed bunny - I appreciate this was probably the author's attempt at catching people's attention (and I guess it worked on me because it caught my eye and I bought it - and I know you're not supposed to judge them on their cover), but as a plot device I don't think it worked particularly well. Most of the other characters largely seem to ignore this fact and it is only relevant occasionally. A slightly hapless human would have been more relatable and most of the times I read it I was imagining a human rather than a bunny.