by Rusty Fischer
Release date: 1st May, 2011
Publisher: Medallion Pr Inc
Pages: 371 (Paperback won in a giveaway)
Summary from Goodreads:
In the sleepy small town of Barracuda Bay, Maddy Swift leads the life of a fairly typical teenager, but while attending a party one night, Maddy is struck by lightning and awakens to realize she has been reanimated and turned into a zombie. While becoming acquainted with her new "lifestyle," Maddy stumbles upon two unexpected undead chaperones, fellow students Dane and Chloe, who begin to teach her the ways of zombie life, including defending the populace from Zerkers—the bad zombies. Together, on prom night, the three teens must ultimately defend Barracuda Bay High from an all-out zombie Armageddon.
Review By Alaiel Kreuz:
After months looking this book in my pile I decided to put aside all the other books and finally read it. And you know what? Rusty didn't disappoint me. At all.
Maddy, after doing a very stupid thing like going out to a party in the middle of a storm, discovers that she is dead. Yep, there was no mistake specially after seeing the hole in the back of her head where a lightning had hit her.
So now she has this sudden desire to eat brains and she doesn't want to eat her dad's brain so she decides to buy fresh brains at the market, of course, why not? And after a bizarre conversation with the guy at the counter she discovers that she is not the only teenager who buys brains. Two of her classmates are zombies too -and they take her to meet "The Elders" who, of course, look exactly like the zombies we see in the movies (gross!).
They tell her the rules, very simple rules: when turned report immediately to them -which she failed to do because, let's face it, we don't have a manual in case we became zombies, right?-, don't tell any human what you are and destroy all zerkers -read bad zombies-.
And, who knew? There are two zerkers in her town who happen to be in her Home Ec class and have already killed three of her classmates -which begins the rumors about a curse upon Home Ec-. To make things even more complicated there's a new boy who seems to like her (and was the main reason why she tried to go to that party in the middle of the storm) but now that she is a zombie it's kind of difficult to be with him... but Stamp doesn't give up and Dane, her zombie friend, doesn't look to happy about it.
But then Bones and Dahlia (the zerkers) develop a plan to turn their peaceful town into a nightmare...
Not only did Rusty managed to write a really funny, interesting and clever book from a zombie girl's point of view but he made it believable! I mean, if tomorrow I'm turned into a zombie I would pick up this book read it again and highlight the information I would need to survive.
The way Maddy thinks and they way she acts is completely natural in a girl of her age. The plot is interesting and what I liked the most were the dialogues and the sarcasm. For me it was like watching a movie, you know? It was that good!
And the cover? I love it! One of my favorite covers of this year.
The only thing that I would really like to know is if there's going to be a second book because the end is left open and I really want to know what happens with Maddy next.
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