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Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? by [Brallier, Max]
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4.0 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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"Creepy, chilling, and lots of nasty fun! Max Brallier gives the pick-your-own-path format a devious and very adult twist."
—Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Rot & Ruin and The Dragon Factory

"Funny, smart and damned gruesome. Way too much fun." – David Moody, author of Hater

"A fun pastiche of B-movie zombie fantasy and interactive horror novel . . . A boy’s own adventure that breathes a little well-deserved juvenile humor into the apocalypse." -- Kirkus

"Brallier's book may just be the best thing to happen to literary zombies since Max Brooks." -- Jacksonville Florida Times Union

About the Author

Max Brallier is the author of more than twenty books and games. He writes children’s books and adult books. He’s also a humor writer, having published The All-Star Bathroom Sampler, Toilet Trivia, Reasons to Drink, and Reasons to Smoke.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2381 KB
  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Original edition (8 Feb. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004MME0NU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #210,261 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is an excellent take on the current fashion for zombie literature, and easily the most fun book I've bought for a long time. It runs in the same vein as Max Brooks' The Zombie Survival Guide - subtly tongue-in-cheek, laughing at itself while it pretends to be serious. Ignore the misconceptions of some other reviewers. They're right, but they miss the point by a mile. It's true, 'Can You Survive...' is not a serious choose-your-own-adventure book, if that's not an oxymoron in itself. There is no one real ending, so you can't complete it, and there is no combat system for you to completely ignore. Neither is it a genuine benchmark for your ability to actually survive the inevitable zombie apocalypse, and confirm the expertise you've gained from countless hours of watching zombie films and arguing in the comments sections of various websites.

What it is, is an excellent excuse for Max Brallier to write several dozen mini-stories, jam-packed with pop culture references and light-hearted gore. It's full of contemporary brands and is refreshingly up-to-date with many popular fashions and politics, giving it a fresh, modern feel, again not dissimilar to Max Brooks' follow-up World War Z. You can't turn a page without coming across samurai strippers, comic-con cosplay nerds, ninja museum curators, mini-gun wielding Hells' Angels, zombie-fooling Zombie Walkers...
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This book is what all Zombie Buffs have been waiting for, or so I thought. I remember The Lone Wolf series of books where you had a wide range of choices and a pretty good combat system. The main flaw with CYSTZA is your choices are severely limited, anyone who has watched more Zombie Films than is good for you and read Max Brooks manuals should be able to spend more than 20mins reading before they are dead, And some options have you finished in 5mins.Once you make a choice you can go down a road that you didn't want to as the author locks you into that path. I enjoyed it despite it's fault's although my Daughter enjoyed it more. Good buy for your Kids if they like horror novels. Ps it is a clever twist in one of the paths bringing ROMERO into it but almost blasphemy. Good try and I hope Mr BRAILER tries again but tweaks it a little.
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I bought this book for my brother as his birthday present a while ago, and out of all of his presents (including a PS4!) he likes this book the best.

My brother is Autistic, so when I'm buying him any books/comics, I have very strict guidelines: "have to be zombies or superheroes, but no 'lame' ones. And if you can get choose your own adventures, then that'd beat anything!"

So, I had spent literally days searching Amazon and managed to find this little gem of a book that my twenty-one year old brother has never put down once since getting it!

He loves this book and yes, it is adult with mentions of drugs and-I think-sexual scenes, but to be fair, zombie books and shows are adult anyway.

Now I'm dreading topping this present, but I'd recommend the book for anyone who loved Goosebumps choose your own, as kids, and want a more adult version.
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I'm a huge fan of choose your own adventures, have been since I was a kid, I collect the Lone Wolf books and I recently bought a copy of DestinyQuest: The Legion of Shadow and I'd have to say this one fits in just right, they took a great scenario and put you amidst the madness.

I'd call it more of a 'Choose your own apocalypse'.

It's great fun and yes a lot of people may say that there are a lot of writers jumping on the zombie bandwagon but at least this covered something I personally haven't seen done yet.

Great work, great read and overall a fun little jaunt into an exciting scenario.
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I love this so much I have bought 3 by different sources all for pressies for others. Great for those that zombies, but this also give u the chance to take your own path at end of each chapter like the books used to when we were kids. Very cool but has swearing so not for someone that can be offended or young eyes x
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The positives first: the concept is a great one. If you're into zombie fiction and ever read any kind of CYO adventure book, then this will appeal massively. Another positive point is that the book is actually good fun in places. It's written with tongue firmly in cheek and a good dose of humour. Some of the characters are enjoyable and some of teh set pieces you find oyurself in are memorable. For these points, two stars.

However, there is a major nagative for me. It seems to me that whichever path you choose, the story ends far too quickly. When I've read this kind of book in the past, you make choices that lead you onto the next stage of the story, and you are then confronted with another dilemma, which leads you on and so forth. You build your own story, and that story can be legnthy if the choices you make are the "right" ones. In this book, each path you choose lasts on average another 2 or 3 choices, then you're dead or rescued. That's it; all over and start again. In addition, some of the consequences of your choices just don't make much sense, so you may as well just not think about it, shut your eyes and stick a pin in the page to decide your next move.

It's simply not been well thought out. However, I salute the idea, the design and some of the writing. The execution, sadly, lets it down.
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