Zom-B Underground by Darren Shan | Book Review

This review contains SPOILERS for both Zom-B Underground and the previous books. If you would like to read the other reviews you can find them in the Zom-B series tag.

“I can give you two words,” I tell him. “The second is off. Can you guess the first?” 

In a way, this book and the first one, while being arguably very different, are both introductions to the series. Zom-B introduces us to our main character B and got the ball rolling when it comes to the zombies (and mutants). If you think of that book more as a preface then Zom-B Underground is really the start to the series. You do need both to fully prepare yourself but the first book is more like the calm before the storm in a lot of ways and Zom-B Underground is the start of the actual storm. The pair of them connect really well and it definitely feels like the pacing and structure is going to be good across the entire series and not just during the individual books.

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Zom-B by Darren Shan | Book Review [Spoiler free]

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This is actually my second time reading this book. In fact, I was reading the series as it came out but over time I, unfortunately, lost track of the releases and never got the chance to finish the series. I did, however, manage to get through 9 of the 12 books but instead of picking up where I left off (considering there was a pretty big gap in time), I decided to just start from the beginning and write a little review for each book a long the way. So for this review, there will be no spoilers whatsoever considering it’s for the first book.

For those of you who don’t know, Zom-B follows B, a teenager living in London where zombies attack. Even before the undead rise, B lives a life filled with racism and abuse that are just as important in their story as the zombies. Throughout, we see how all of those things can connect and we get to know B as our main character.

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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness | Book Review [Spoiler Free]

A Monster Calls follows a young boy named Conor who is visited several times by a monster, only it’s not the monster he expects, the one from his nightmares. This monster is different and it wants the truth. I won’t tell you much more than that, the book is only just over 200 pages (the edition I read was 214) and some of those are strictly (or mostly) illustrations so it won’t take you long to read it. In fact I  read it in a couple of hours. For that reason I think you’re better off going in only knowing the basics and nothing more.

I’d picked up this book from the library because everyone seems to rave about it. I saw it sitting there on the shelf and I had meant to pick it up a long time ago, now I didn’t have an excuse.

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