Darren Shan is the bestselling author of Cirque Du Freak, The Demonata, and the Saga of Larten Crepsley, as well as the stand-alone book The Thin Executioner. Shan's books are sold on almost every continent and in thirty-one languages, and have been bestsellers in countries including the US, Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Hungary, Japan, Taiwan, and the UAE. In total, they have sold over 25 million copies worldwide. Shan divides his time between his homes in Ireland and London.
Praise for Zom-B "Shan packs in the bites, and he rips out enough entrails for even the most jaded zombie fan; the cliffhanger ending...closes on just the right note to leave the audience gnawing for more...A series opener to sink your teeth into."--Kirkus Review
"A raw and deeply observant tale of a morally questionable kid trying, and usually failing, to move beyond the ingrained racism instilled by B's father. It is a brave move by Shan to posit such a bigoted hooligan as our protagonist."--Booklist
"Character development is impressive...and Shan executes the transition from normalcy to wholesale terror masterfully."--Publishers Weekly
"Horror with a social conscience...This compelling page-turner builds steadily to the climax then throws the reader off the cliff with a twist that is impossible to see coming."----VOYA
Gr 7-10-In this compelling tale (Little, Brown, 2012), Shan tackles bullying, abuse, racism, and zombies. B is the son of an abusive father and a clueless mother living in London. He's also street-smart, tough, and a bit of a thug. His father's prejudice bothers him, but he finds it easier and safer to go along with his ideas rather than stand up against them. Together with his dad, B makes fun of zombie videos on the news until they discover that the zombies are real, and soon B must choose between survival or doing what's right. Emma Galvin does a fine job with the many accents and cultures included in this gory horror story, setting the moody tone of the violence, as well as capturing B's swagger and angst. Listeners will be captivated but might miss the symbolism of the zombies and the racists. This first title in a projected 12-volume series, is an excellent addition to library collections for teens.-Sandi Jones, Augusta High School, AR (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.