Day 18: Zom-B by Darren Shan
Summary From Goodreads:
Zom-B is a radical new series about a zombie apocalypse, told in the first person by one of its victims. The series combines classic Shan action with a fiendishly twisting plot and hard-hitting and thought-provoking moral questions dealing with racism, abuse of power and more. This is challenging material, which will captivate existing Shan fans and bring in many new ones. As Darren says, “It’s a big, sprawling, vicious tale…a grisly piece of escapism, and a barbed look at the world in which we live. Each book in the series is short, fast-paced and bloody. A high body-count is guaranteed!”
This is not the zombie book you are looking for. A bad Star Wars pun aside, Zom-B is just not a book I would recommend reading, even for the zombie lovers among us. The book deals with racism but not in a way that is informative or that teaches us any lessons. It’s just one slam after another on a variety of different races and with seemingly no purpose in doing so except for setting up an ending that was painfully obvious from the get go. It isn’t tackling issues, it’s putting them up on display. The parallels of coming together as one group, as humans, to take on a force that is trying to kill us didn’t even come through which may have redeemed Zom-B.
The main character, B, is to be honest an ass. She takes the racism of her father and uses it occasionally but always backpeddling saying she was just doing it as an act, a way to impress him or that deep down she really didn’t feel that way. If you say or do some of the things she does in the book then I’m sorry but you are just as guilty and a coward for being unable to admit it. Ugh. She’s whiny, and while she has to deal with a lot of crap in her life to be sure it doesn’t make the character any more endearing. I’m not saying you have to like all MCs to consider a book good, but this one just didn’t have redeeming qualities.
The plot was obvious and simplistic. There wasn’t really any build up either, just one minute “oh there are zombies elsewhere, probably a hoax” and the next zombies all over the freaking place. It didn’t feel like a smooth transition and regardless of whatever they reveal in the next book I can’t imagine it justifying how this one was carried out. The pacing was erratic and at times frantic as well without giving depth to much of anything.
The writing was fine I guess in and of itself, but nothing was saving this book for me. I really was disappointed as I love me a good zombie book (The Infects by Sean Beaudoin was one of my top 5 books in 2012) and sadly this fell short to say the least. It’s a pass for me. Thanks as always for reading and come back tomorrow for Day 19!