I really enjoyed this series. Darren Shan is the author who got me into reading but I never got around to reading this series so I finally decided this year would be the year. I already had the first couple of books and so I just jumped right into it. I wrote a review of the first book after I read it here so maybe go check that out too while you’re at it! But first, what’s it about?!
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!”
So I started reading Darren Shan when I was still in high school. I was about 13 and I had been to see the masterpiece (that was sarcasm by the way) Vampire’s Assistant movie. It is a terrible movie but if you’re going to read the Cirque du Freak Series you watch the movie first just for the laughs. While on a trip to Blackpool with my family we found a bookshop and my brother pointed out the book with the movie covers. It was the first three books and I instantly fell in love with the series. I demolished the first 3 in 3 days so I had finished the series by the end of the month. Zom-B is the first book series I’ve read as an adult that’s made me feel the same sort of childish glee I felt back then.
These books aren’t beautifully written works of art but they are mindless fun with a deeper message if you want to get into it. The characters are really interesting and the plot twists are always wild. Though that being said things are pretty deep at times, this series makes you feel really sorry for the person who’s the villain and it forces you to question everyone at all times. Also there’s a lot of racist themes throughout so be aware of that before you start reading these books.
This was definitely my favorite ending of Shan’s books, normally the series endings are just wild and way too much but this was interesting while also being easy to understand. And you didn’t really need Suspension of disbelief to follow along. Though then again it’s all about zombies and mutants so… yeah.
I really recommend these books, they’re short enough to help you finish your GoodRead challenge while also being interesting enough for you to finish the series.
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