Wednesday, July 13, 2011
95) The Living Dead Boy by Rhiannon Frater
Josh Rondell is twelve years old and known as the "living dead boy" due to his rampant love of all things zombie. As the head of the Zombie Hunters Club, he's obsessed with preparing for the zombocalypse.
Though no one around him really believes that zombies will one day rise to devour the living, Josh is convinced it just might happen.
When zombies do shamble into his schoolyard, Josh finds himself the leader of the dwindling band of zombie hunters, and he is charged with protecting them all. Josh's baby brother, his closest friends, and the love of his young life try to survive as the undead take over their town.
Trapped in his treehouse and surrounded by the dead, will Josh be able to save them all?
My Thoughts :
I don't get that many books sent to me to review but the ones I do, I will admit, usually end up getting more books piled on top of them. In the case of The Living Dead Boy the book ended up on the last page of my Kindle 'to read' books. So when I interviewed the author, Rhiannon Frater, this week I checked everywhere to see if I had indeed managed to overlook one of her books somewhere and was pleasantly surprised to find this one on my Kindle. For once I managed to fight the urge to read the newest releases and I have to say I am happy I did.
The Living Dead Boy is, as the title suggests, a young adult novel which will no doubt be a little zombie filled. However what the title doesn't quite convey is that this book could also scare the hell out of an adult. Ever watched The Walking Dead? Seen a really scary zombie movie? Well this is that movie told from the perspective of a teenager and with no holds barred. It makes you think and makes you check that there really are no zombies around. I loved it.
Nothing about this book was what I expected. I was thinking this was going to be another young adult story with a lot of usual 'make things all nice and better moments because after all children are reading' fluff. I was wrong! The Living Dead Boy is extraordinary, frightening and very special. The author can obviously write a great story and I am dying to read more of her work.