A Librarian's Library | 15 May 2013 | Jennifer

So first of all, I just want to say, these books are really short. So they take no time to read, and, likewise, they produce short reviews. But that’s okay! Because I like these books!


B has found her way into the outside world, among the mumbling dead-walkers (Zom-heads) and the survivors who are trying to find safety from a broken government. Since all of the awake zombies like B are now gone, B finds herself alone in a world that doesn’t understand exactly who–and what–she is. And yet, she can’t seem to escape the creepy clown man known only by the name on his shirt, Mr. Dowling, or his minions that seem to be roaming at every turn.


This book really delves into just how lonely a zombie apocalypse would be. Many shows and movies focus on groups of people (ie: The Walking Dead), but Shan focuses on one lonely half-survivor roaming the streets of London on her own. B finds another loner–a painter. What is really cool about this guy is that through this character, Shan sets up a dichotomy of how loners survive in the aftermath of tragedy. B = a fighter, a perserverer, a seeker. Artist guy = a person who retreats completely inside himself, pulling away from humanity and focusing on one task (painting the zombies). And, like one retreats inside himself and fades away, the artist fades out of the story.


B’s character growth continues in this third installment of this series. In book one, B is introduced as such a harsh, brash, and cruel character. Book two, we find B questioning everything about herself and feeling a bit of regret. Zom-B City, we find B actively trying to become a better being. She understands that everything has changed–the world, her body, her family, her life–and through those changes she is finding that she, too, can change. I am really interested to see B find more strength and sincerity later in the series!


Overall, this book was exciting and thrilling and VERY CREEPY! Though there is nothing too complicated about the plot, there is something quite addicting about this series. I just want more! Good thing the 4th book comes out this summer! YAY!


Definitely the best book of the series so far! I love the interaction between the alive-dead and the dead-dead. B’s character is growing into And the creepy Mr. Dowling makes another appearance in a HUGE way! This book is filled with some very interesting characters and happenings, and the ending definitely makes me excited for book four! 3.5 solid stars!

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