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.
I love zombies. It verges on obssession. Strangely enough, I haven't read a whole lot of zombie novels. Finding out about a YA zombie novel made me very (very) happy. This is such a fresh take on the undead, and it is a really enjoyable read.
Maddy's voice throughout the book is humorous and easy to relate to. She is a typical high school girl with a quirky best friend and a crush on the hot football player. Just when things seem to be going her way, Bam . . . Hello, newest member of the undead. Don't you hate when that happens?
There are 'good' zombies and 'bad' zombies which is an idea that I love. The good zombies are just like us, aside from the whole eating brains thing. This also makes it possible to have some undead romance that is truly believable. A crush-worthy dead guy? This book has that.
If you're not sure how you feel about the whole zombie thing, I think this is a great book to pick up and get in touch with your inner zombie lover :-) A fun book, and I highly recommend trying it out.
Publication Date: May 1, 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Source: Thanks to author, Rusty Fischer, for my review copy!