Book: ZOMBIES DON'T CRY
Author: RUSTY FISCHER
Genre: PARANORMAL YA/HORROR
Published: May 2011, MEDALLION PRESS
Source: Publicist, no other compensation given for an honest review
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.
ZOMBIES DON'T CRY was the first zombie novel that I have ever read. Yes, I did just say that. Honestly, the thought of zombies kind of creep me out. They're not pretty undead like vampires, and they don't have hot looking abs like shapeshifters. They are not heroes to me. They are the things that you kill. At least, that's what I thought until I read this book. Rusty Fischer made me like zombies, because his have heart and humor, and most of all, they don't eat brains. Well, they do, but not straight from a human head.
Maddy is a great heroine. Though she's more of an outcast than class president, Fischer has given her a sassy attitude, and a great sense of humor. She's smack-dab in the middle of hero and anti-hero, which made her all the more endearing to me. She felt like a real person, and Fischer didn't allow her character to fall into the category of cliche.
ZOMBIES DON'T CRY proposes a whole new outlook on zombies, the way that they are made, and gives the reader a plausible explanation for why some are like Maddy, and others become Zerkers. I had a great time reading this book, and I have to thank Fischer for opening my mind to reading more zombie novels.
4.5/5 for plot
5/5 for characters
4/5 for language
My Rating: 13.5/15 (4 stars)
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