"The Zombie Chronicles" opens with a terrifying scene of two young people stuck on a Ferris wheel when an infected populace of zombies attack, chomping their way through the crowds below.
The book hits the ground running and never stops as we cut to a year later, when Dean and his family are heading for the safety of an island, and he and his brother Nick discover that they have a sister named Val. The bad news is that Val's infected. But Dean thinks he has the cure -- a stolen cache of experimental serum.
The writing here is meaty and intense: "An unmistakable menacing growl erupted from behind me. I held my breath and turned slowly. My hand clutched the sledgehammer more and more tightly as I mentally prepared myself for the unavoidable."
This adrenaline-pumping romp through an apocalyptic future isn't all gut-wrenching terror; it's also full of tender and hopeful moments. The prolific Ms. Peebles specializes in action-packed adventures, and here's one you shouldn't miss. Highly recommended!