The Zom-B Chronicles
by Darren Shan
and reviewed by Liz Cohen
Hatchette Book Group, 2012
The Zom-B Chronicles are a collection of 12 books which tell the story of the life and adventures of B Smith. B is a high school student who is utterly bored and frustrated by life, until a virus breaks out in the high school and all of the students are locked in!
And who are the puss-covered guys hanging around the school, or the guy with owl-like eyes and a poochie stomach? Or Mr. Dowling, the maniacal clown, whose appearance is quite dreadful and who drips spiders from his mouth. I am sorry to say that you have to read pass the first book to find out. This collection of stories takes place in and around (and sometimes under) London. Chapters are short and the story moves quickly, with wickedly drawn pictures to help you feel scared or disgusted along the way. There are loads of bad guys and crazies, but who exactly is bad. It’s kind of hard to tell. And how will this end? Not the way you think.
These books are a great read for anyone who likes zombie books, and the author has a lot to tell us about human nature.