Sunday, 13 July 2014

Zom-B City by Darren Shan (Zom-B, #3) - Book Review

4.5/5 Stars


Edition: Paperback
Pages: 213
Chapters: 24
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Book Links: Goodreads
                      Author's Website


Another macabre zombie tale by 'The Master of Horror' done. Time well and wickedly spent. While I'm ecstatic at the content, and the speed of which I'm breezing through them, I am also terrified. Terrified that, soon, I'll have caught up and be left hanging (not literally). It's yet another series by Mr Shan that I do not want to end, but alas, it must. I'm desperate to get there though, to reach that inevitable end and have all the fantastical questions that have been posed to us answered. So on I go, trepidation for the impending end but hungry for its conclusion.

I don't know why I'm so glum, there are another 9 books to go.

B Smith escaped the clutches of the soldiers and scientists who held her captive, only now with more questions and guilt than before. She escapes into a post-apocalyptic London, and once the thrill of being free passes, there's only one thought - apart from brains - left with her. What the hell does she do next? Left roaming the destroyed streets of her former home, B Smith has her work cut out for her, because she knows, even with the city dead, death is no longer the end.

I came off a high when I finished Zom-B Underground, so for me, City doesn't match its power, but it's still a roaring ride. It's slow paced, with seemingly random pieces of action thrown into the mix. It's clever, Zom-B City doesn't give many answers away, but asks for tons in return. It's effective, because I want now more than ever to find out what the hell is going on, and knowing the author, it's going to be epic.
I love the desolate and destroyed city of London, teeming with zombies. It paints an effective picture of isolation, and that's what this instalment focuses on: Being alone, stranded and stuck in a twisted nightmare of a place you once called home.
B is as ambiguous as ever, holding on to her tough streak, while showing, metaphorically, that she still has a heart. Other characters appear, but are quick to vanish, but luckily they are all interesting and will no doubt come back for another appearance.

It's not as fast-paced as the others, but I'm not sure it's meant to be, showing us the pain of true solidarity. Roll on the next horror!

Previous Instalment: Zom-B Underground
Next Instalment: Zom-B Angels

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