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Saturday, April 20, 2013

My Thoughts: Zom-B City by Darren Shan

  • Master of Horror
  • Release Date: April 9th 2013
  • Page Count: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books 
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857077600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857077608

"After escaping a secret military complex amid the zombie apocalypse, B roams the streets of a very changed London, dirty and dangerous and eerily quiet, except for the shuffling of the undead. Once again, B must find a way to survive against brain-eating zombies --and now also against those who have seized control of the city. With danger lurking around every corner and no one to trust, B must decide whether to join the creepy Mr. Dowling in exchange for his protection. When everyone around you is dead, where do you turn for help?"- Amazon

My Thoughts:  Looking back, one of the main things Zom-B was lacking (although I didn't realize it then) was foreshadowing. The type of sly mysterious hints that tingle the reader's spine, and makes them think "Gee, I wonder what that's supposed to mean..". In most novels foreshadowing is done in the form of a "prophecy" or a series of "precognitive visions". In this case, it’s the latter. With Zom-B City we get to find a little about those "baby dreams" B's been having- as well as their relation to *Que drum roll* Mr. Dowling! (Did I mention Owl man also makes an appearance!?)
Besides the foreshadowing, there are so many things I liked about this book. Darren Shan is masterful at his descriptions of desolate cities, barren streets, and brain deficient corpses. His skill of incorporating moral undercurrents without eroding the main story never ceases to amaze me. I must warn you though, the blood'n gore is turned up a notch in Zom-B City; and you might see innocent people being swarmed by hordes of brain munching zombies. It’s only natural that the body count would escalate as the series intensifies its plot.
Honestly, if I had to pick a winner out of all 3 Zom-B books, it'd have to be Zom-B City. Seriously. It was that good. 
Rating: A
What to expect?
  • Zombies!
  • The "Shnax"
  • Owl man
  • Mr. Dowling!
Take a look at the official Zom-B City trailer, made by high school shangster- Christian Nickson! (He won the "design your own trailer" competition held by Simon & Schuster)


  1. So I was at the library the other day and I remembered reading your review of the first book in this city and I picked it up because you said you liked it so much. When I started to read it though I found it a little strange, I didn't like the whole racism issue. The cover for this one is so creepy!

    1. I did find it a bit strange at first, however the racism aspect didn't bother me as much.
      The cover are creepy! I think the artist did an amazing job.

    2. I think I will end up giving in another try, but I agree-the covers are really amazing!