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Book Reviews: Zom-B, by Darren Shan

Book Reviews: Zom-B, by Darren Shan
Zom-B by Darren Shan
Series: Zom-B #1
Published by Simon & Schuster on 27 September 2012
Format: Paperback

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!"


Star rating: * * * * *  5 out of 5 The first book in Darren Shan’s latest series, ZOM-B, challenges the normal zombie apocalypse idea that has popped up everywhere. With this book be prepared for everything you thought you knew to be turned on its head as Darren Shan tricks you at every corner and forces you to think about your own human nature. Can you still love your father even though he is an extreme racist? That is the moral dilemma facing B, the main character, from the beginning and as B battles with both morality and zombies we are forced further and further into seeing how evil basic human nature can be. This book doesn’t end how you would expect, with B escaping the zombies, no, in this book… well you just need to wait and see what the twist is. But this is not the end, this is just the first of 10+ books, so with the main character so dramatically changed, what can we expect next? This book is incredibly well written and is both funny and thought provoking. It displays both a similar and a different side to The Fallen, the previous zombie apocalypse novel I read, making it feel completely original and unlike anything I had ever read before, whilst still retaining the essence of a zombie story. I recommend this book to anyone who read the Fallen or any of Darren Shan’s previous books, and I am very much looking forward to the next book and seeing what life is like through a zombie’s eyes.



Star rating: * * * * * 5 out of 5 B is a book about zombies that have suddenly appeared in an Irish town and are either converting the humans by biting them, or killing them and eating their brains.  A school kid called known as B, with an extremely racist dad, and the rest of England, hear about the zombies on the news. B and most of B’s friend’s think that the zombie story is all made up. However, when B’s class go on a school trip to a war museum a woman is attacked by two hooded men and steal her baby, B takes down the two men and rescues the baby. As it takes place B glances at one man’s head and notices that he looks like a mutant from a horror film. His skin is disfigured, purplish in patches; he has straggly grey hair and pale yellow eyes. By introducing the zombies so slowly and showing characters making up their own minds, it makes the arrival of the zombies more realistic. A few days later B is watching a school football match with some friends when B threatens to fight a young black kid called Tyler but sees how scared Tyler is and realises he would just beat him easily. Suddenly they hear screams from the corridor and a boy runs in to the room with blood spurting out of a bite in the back of his neck. More and more people with blood pouring from bite wounds come in to the hall screaming, “Zombies!”. You realize that normal daily problems and violence aren’t as important as they might seem at the time. I really like Zom-B because it had a lot of suspense and you never know when or how the zombies are going to attack England and B’s school. Also the illustrations were brilliant as they show you what Darren/ Warren thought the zombies and people look like and they have a lot of detail and funny things in the back ground.



  1. Glad you enjoyed this so much! I LOVE ZOM-B! It’s a very scarily realistic book. Can’t wait to hear what you think of the others- great review! :)

    I just found this blog- I love it! I’m a blogger too, at :D


    • Hi Georgia. Your blog is brilliant. We couldn’t believe it when we spotted your age! Everyone should take a look.

      Great guest post from Darren Shan. We’re looking forward to reading your interview with him later, when we have a bit more time. Brilliant stuff. Hope to see you here again soon.

      The Walrus x

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