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ZOM-B (Zom B Book 1) by [Shan, Darren]
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4.4 out of 5 stars 139 customer reviews
Book 1 of 11 in Zom B (11 Book Series)
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Praise for "Zom-B" "Shan packs in the bites, and he rips out enough entrails for even the most jaded zombie fan; the cliffhanger ending...closes on just the right note to leave the audience gnawing for more...A series opener to sink your teeth into." ""Kirkus Review"""

"A raw and deeply observant tale of a morally questionable kid trying, and usually failing, to move beyond the ingrained racism instilled by B's father. It is a brave move by Shan to posit such a bigoted hooligan as our protagonist." ""Booklist"""

"Character development is impressive...and Shan executes the transition from normalcy to wholesale terror masterfully." ""Publishers Weekly"""

"Horror with a social conscience...This compelling page-turner builds steadily to the climax then throws the reader off the cliff with a twist that is impossible to see coming." "--VOYA""

About the Author

Darren Shan is the number-one bestselling author of the young adult series Cirque du Freak, The Demonata and The Saga of Larten Crepsley, as well as the stand-alone books, The Thin Executioner and Koyasan. Shan's books have sold in every continent, in thirty-one languages, and have been bestsellers worldwide. In total, they have sold over twenty-five million copies. Zom-B is the first book in his new 12-book serial about a zombie invasion, and his first with Simon & Schuster. Shan divides his time between his homes in Limerick and London.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2568 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's UK (27 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0081711WU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 139 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #114,699 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Wow. And wow again! I'll write something coherent in a moment. promise.
This was such an engrossing book, so much so I read it all in the time before my late shift at work today and I was totally impressed.

I don't know why I didn't read this sooner, though it was probably because I didn't get along with The Thin Executioner and so wasn't sure if I'd like this series, but I needn't have worried because this is just as amazing as the Demonata books.

First things first, without spoiling, I was totally surprised by B. I hated and loved in equal measure and ultimately loved by the end. There was a moment of great shock when I realised what B stood for, I won't spoil it though cos I'm pretty sure it's best to figure it out for yourself.

It isn't all gore and guts (though there is quite a bit of it at the beginning and in the last third of the book) but there are some very powerful issues tackled in Racism and domestic violence, topics I think should be included in books more often.
This book is far from preachy though, and the hard-hitting subjects are very relevant to the storyline, especially in that last chapter.

Absolutely Love B. Hate B's dad. And I find myself again surprised by how many people Mr Shan can just bump off in a book (he is a legend for bravely risking all the characters, it makes things much more interesting).

Will definitely be reading book 2 and the rest of the series (soon as I'm sure I have the money lol)
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This book was amazing purely because B Smith isn't your average main character, who you would expect to be a hero. She's rude, crude mouthed, a tomboy, sarcastic, and shares the views of her father. This is what makes Zom-B so interesting. B isn't trying to be a hero, she's just a teenage girl growing up in London with her mother and abusive father. I find that this makes everything seem much more exciting. The book would have been boring if there was a similar edge of 'tall, athletic girl saves the day' or 'beauty queen fights with zombies'.
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I bought this for my son who's an avid Darren Shan fan. I like a lot of his stuff too from reading to engage more conversation. My son complained he felt ripped off with this and I have to agree. It didn't say when I ordered it that this was 1st of a 12 book saga. That didn't matter as much as the story being equal to a poor magazine read. C'mon Darren, your readers pay a lot, give them their money's worth. Underground will hopefully be better but if its any less and any Shorter I'll have to check what constitutes a novel.
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Let me first just start of by saying that I'm a huge fan of Darren Shan. I have been since the very first time I was read a chapter of a book in The Saga Of Darren Shan. In my eyes, he can do no wrong and I recommend him to just about everyone, even those who don't necessarily read. But I have to be honest, once I heard he was doing a Zombie book I was a bit cautious, especially as I had read it had some adult themes (I'll get to that). But once I read it I was once again amazed at how Darren Shan not only manages to make you feel you are in the story but your the main character living it.

This book is centred around a group of kids fighting for survival once a zombie outbreak hits the town. The main character B. Smith is nothing more than a racist and a bully. B has no time for school and has a total disregard for others feelings, something we see over and over again. Is it B's fault though, when they grew up with a father like Todd? someone who makes it his life goal to try and rid England of anyone who isn't white British while going home and beating his wife at any chance?. And while yes, I found Todd to be horrible and horrific in his views most of the time, there is a part of me that likes/feels sorry for him. There is a lot of reason's behind his racism, something that anyone living in England should have picked up on, what with our recession and backwards benefit system looking after anyone but its own. (now I'll stop there, because even though this is my blog and I'm entailed to say what I think, I cant voice my views and opinions without someone accusing me of being a racist myself. Something I'm not) I think Todds character is very clever, and Darren Shan even more so for writing him the way he has and addressing something happening everyday in England.
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Once again, Shan has hit a home run and proved that he truly is the master of YA horror. I had exceedingly high hopes for Zom-B and I’m pleased to say that Shan completely outdid himself with this one.

I’ve been lamenting the lack of horror in YA for years, especially after the paranormal romance boom meant classic creepy creatures were being turned from monsters into love interests. Thankfully, though, we have incredibly writers like Darren Shan (and Chris Priestley, Jonathan Maberry and Andrew Fukuda, among others) holding up the fort and producing stellar horror stories.

One thing Shan has never shied away from is gore and this is entirely true of Zom-B. The opening scene made me gag a little bit and there were certain descriptions and turns of phrase later on in the book that made me wince…in a good way. I should probably pretend to be responsible and say this might not be suitable for younger readers because of the content blah blah blah but it’s a brilliant, entertaining and well-written story so, really, I wouldn’t want any keen readers to have to miss out on this because of a little bloodshed.

While Zom-B is about, well, zombies (obviously), it also has a very intriguing subplot about B’s racist father. B, our protagonist, is torn between familial loyalty and wanting to do the right thing and it’s so interesting to watch B's character development and journey from beginning to end, as B is certainly a very different person by the end of the novel.

One of Shan’s strengths is the way he is able to depict teenagers so realistically. His teenage voice is always spot on and it never feels forced, as though it’s an adult trying to sound like a teenager. The characters in Zom-B are particularly strong and I thought B’s narrative voice was spot on.
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