By Darren Shan, published by Simon and Schuster.
Goodreads synopsis: After spending the last few months wandering around London–a city filled with the dead–B Smith has given up hope for any sign of normal human existence. But then B finds strange signs all over the city–a “Z” plus red arrows. Following them, B finds The Angels– a group gathered in the hopes of combating the evil dead and the forces that introduced them. But all is not as it seems and it’s up to B to find out: what battle are they truly waging?
My Review: What a brilliant fourth installment to my favourite horror series! I enjoyed Zom-B: ANGELS so much. After so much action and awesome stuff happening in the first three books (reviews of all of them on this blog. Just search for Zom B :)) I wasn’t quite sure where the rest of the series would be heading. What would happen? I was scared that things would go downhill, the plot losing its enjoyment.
But then again, this is a Darren Shan book, right? Of course it wouldn’t get boring.
Of course it didn’t.
Plunged straight into the horrific zombie-infested world of B Smith, I was totally immersed in her story all over again, scared of every corner she goes around (Mr Dowling might be hiding there! Eek!). Then, B began to notice more of these signs on the walls, and she accidentally stumbles upon the Angels, who are currently camping out by the London Eye. She joins their ranks, and tension, fondness, and hatred builds up between her and various other Angels. It was so tense, the whole book, with loads of great plot twists. B discovers the truth about her Zombie self and how long she’s going to live for (trust me. This one will shock you.) and other things as she begins a whole new chapter in a new place with new people.
The was no point where I was bored of the plot at all! This book really was quite page-turning, with lots of surprises in store that kept me on the edge of my seat. I think that I devoured the whole book in under an hour and in one sitting- desperate to find out what happens next! The setting was brilliant. Quite a familiar place to me, The London Eye and surrounding areas, and so I understood everything really well. I’m also now quite scared of that area, thanks, Darren! Darren Shan’s writing was just amazing. B’s dialogue and thoughts were witty and sharp as a knife, while the imagery made by Shan’s words conjured up some terrifying, dismal visions of a possible future.
B Smith, again, was just a brilliant protagonist. As I said, she’s so witty at points, serious, aggressive, and brave at others. There’re so many sides to her shown throughout the story, and I even loved the nasty ones. B Smith is the kick-butt horror heroine. Honestly, she’s just so brilliant. Her narration is believable and gives such a great insight into being a zombie. I don’t know why that’s cool, it just is.
Overall, Zom-B: Underground was a really great fourth installment to my favourite currently-ongoing series. Full of gore, action, wit and horror, it’s the perfect read for young teenage horror fans! B Smith is a brilliant, understandable zombie, who I really enjoy reading about. I loved the well-known setting. I think the significant London sights Darren Shan uses as backdrops make the story seem even more real. As always, the plot was delivered in a satisfying way, not without its plot twists, and the story overall left me craving for more. Keep writing, Darren Shan, I just need to know what happens next!
I purchased a copy of Zom B: ANGELS from a local bookstore.