by Sean Beaudoin Published by Candlewick Press
on September 25th 2012 Pages:
A feast for the brain, this gory and genuinely hilarious take on zombie culture simultaneously skewers, pays tribute to, and elevates the horror genre.
Seventeen-year-old Nero is stuck in the wilderness with a bunch of other juvenile delinquents on an "Inward Trek." As if that weren’t bad enough, his counselors have turned into flesh-eating maniacs overnight and are now chowing down on his fellow miscreants. As in any classic monster flick worth its salted popcorn, plentiful carnage sends survivors rabbiting into the woods while the mindless horde of "infects" shambles, moans, and drools behind. Of course, these kids have seen zombie movies. They generate "Zombie Rules" almost as quickly as cheeky remarks, but attitude alone can’t keep the biters back. Serving up a cast of irreverent, slightly twisted characters, an unexpected villain, and an ending you won’t see coming, here is a savvy tale that that’s a delight to read — whether you’re a rabid zombie fan or freshly bitten — and an incisive commentary on the evil that lurks within each of us.
The only thing I expect from Sean Beaudoin is to entertain me immensely in a way I never expected to be. I have enjoyed everything I have read by him and couldn't wait for this zombie tale.
Nero is in a really strange situation. He lives with his little sister who is definitely on the autism spectrum from her behaviors and his dad does not work. So it's up to Nero, who works at a chicken factory. The one that produces all of the chicken for a very popular fast food place. He gets promoted to being a butcher and for some reason hurts himself and ends up ruining thousands of dollars of equipment in the process. So, he's off to a juvie camp that is in the wilderness. Unfortunately for them, his counselors have been infected thanks to the chicken, along with the one female prisoner they have ended up taking on.
Nero and the other boys have to get away before they are turned into flesh-eating zombies. But these zombies are a bit different from your usual ones. At least some are, like the girl prisoner who seems to creep up on Nero when you are least expecting it and has seemed to taken a liking to him in a sense other than eating. Strange, right? This book was insanely entertaining and I read it in a night. The characters are fantastically written, the situations are insane and a little strange. I just loved every minute of it.
Beaudoin always has the most unique books and this really stood out. It's more than just a zombie survival novel. It's sexy, gorey and insane all at once but also really captivating. Definitely a book that will turn the wheels in your brain and take you for a ride.