Sunday, 13 July 2014

Zom-B Underground by Darren Shan (Zom-B, #2) - Book Review

5/5 Stars


Edition: Paperback
Pages: 212
Chapters: 24
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Book Links: Goodreads
                      Author's Website


It's only been a few hours since I finished and reviewed the first book in this series, and it's safe to say, I'm on a bloody (pun!) roll. True to form, Mr Shan has again written a highly addictive and easy read. I am loving it! I remember reading his Demonata series and being in absolute awe at how clever and enjoyable they are, and the same feeling has taken over as I latch onto this series and devour (I'm on a pun roll!) as much as I can. That reminds me, I should definitely go back and read the Demonata series again and review them. There might be inadvertent SPOILERS in this review, and I urge you not to read the book's synopsis until you've read the first book, as there are SPOILERS there too.

B Smith is back, but there's a bit of a problem. She's dead. Trapped underground to be experimented on, B learns about the two different types of zombies: The reviveds, who are your mindless, brain-eating zombies, and the revitaliseds, people who turn but regain their sense of reasoning and judgement while holding on to their memories. But B Smith isn't stupid, she knows something is wrong. The question is can she figure out and keep hold of her new alive/dead status? Or will her newfound humanity trickle away before she can?

I adore this one, I love Zom-B, but I love Zom-B Underground just that little bit more. It's engaging, witty, enthralling. I could NOT put it down. Whereas the first in the series focuses on racism, Underground is all about upholding morals and questioning your humanity. Backed into a corner, how far would you go? It's riveting, and the fresh take on types of zombies is invigorating. Great stuff.
And - as I'd forgotten in my review of Zom-B - can we take a second to appreciate the art pages scattered throughout? They are awesome! And they really help immerse and paint a picture for you.
Thankfully, our main character B is a lot more likable in this instalment, with the revelation posed in Zom-B showing us a better and wiser person than before. Plus the other characters are better fleshed out and easier to connect with, making the wealth of them inconsequential. Add all that together with the fast-paced writing style and you have some pleasurable few hours filling that zombie fix you've been craving.

I just can't get enough.

Previous Instalment: Zom-B
Next Instalment: Zom-B City

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