Author: Brian James
*I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review*
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Square Fish; First Edition edition (May 12, 2009)
From the moment Hannah Sanders arrived in town, she felt there was something wrong.
A lot of houses were for sale, and the town seemed infected by an unearthly quiet. And then, on Hannah’s first day of classes, she ran into a group of cheerleaders—the most popular girls in school.
The odd thing was that they were nearly identical in appearance: blonde, beautiful, and deathly pale.
But Hannah wants desperately to fit in—regardless of what her friend Lukas is telling her: If she doesn’t watch her back, she’s going to be blonde and popular and dead—just like all the other zombies in this town…
I really wanted to like this book. I loved the Barbie-like cover and honestly, that is what interested me in it. Add on the appeal of zombies and I was ready to sit down and enjoy an action packed book! However, once I started reading it, I knew this was not going to be one of the better zombie books on the market right now.
Hannah was annoying and shallow. All she cared about was fitting in and she didn’t have much self esteem in my opinion. I know every teenage girl wants to fit in with the popular crowd, especially if you are the new girl. Yet, what made me dislike Hannah so much was the snotty attitude that she had towards the kids that tried to be her friend and were not a part of the popular crowd. Heck, if I was new to school and worried about having friends, I would take what I could get!
Lukas was quirky and fun even if Hannah did think he had a few screws loose. He tried to warn her about the people in town, but she refused to listen. I felt bad for Lukas because no matter how hard he tried and no matter how mean Hannah was to him, he kept coming back for more. At times I wanted him to just walk away from Hannah and stay away.
The first few chapters have an air of mystery to them making the reader wonder what Hannah’s dad did that was so bad that he no longer wants to be a cop like he originally was. While it was interesting at first, the small hints about it in every chapter started to get on my nerves because it is so repetitive with no reveal. I also expected some Zombie action in this book, and their wasn’t much Zombie thrill until the last few chapters of the book. To me that was a complete let down.
If you are looking for a zombie book to capture your interest, then look elsewhere.
I did not like this book at all! 1 STAR