by E. Van Lowe
Released: August 18th 2009
Publisher: Tor Teen
Genre: Fiction- YA: Horror, Zombie
Romy and Michelle's Hight School Reunion meets Night of the Living Dead in this laugh-out-loud debut YA novel by Emmy Award-nominated TV writer E. Van Lowe
Principal Taft's 3 Simple Rules for Surviving a Zombie Uprising:
Rule #1: While in the halls, walk slowly and wear a vacant expression on your face. Zombies won't attack other zombies.
Rule #2: Never travel alone. Move in packs. Follow the crowd. Zombies detest blatant displays of individuality.
Rule #3: If a zombie should attack, do not run. Instead, throw raw steak at to him. Zombies love raw meat. This display of kindness will go a long way.
On the night of her middle school graduation, Margot Jean Johnson wrote a high school manifesto detailing her goals for what she was sure would be a most excellent high school career. She and her best friend, Sybil, would be popular and, most important, have boyfriends. Three years later, they haven't accomplished a thing!
Then Margot and Sybil arrive at school one day to find that most of the student body has been turned into flesh-eating zombies. When kooky Principal Taft asks the girls to coexist with the zombies until the end of the semester, they realize that this is the perfect opportunity to live out their high school dreams. All they have to do is stay alive....
Review: This is a funny, interesting book. I really enjoy Mr Lowe's writing style.
Margot the main character is something else. As the book progresses I actually kind of wanted her to get bite. I mean she started off ok, then as the popularity went to her head I began to dislike her. She did redeem herself by the end though. The secondary characters were good. I liked Sybil as well as Baron. Having had my own Baron in highschool I got where Margot was coming from when she first blew him off, although it still irked me. I could also feel her pain when it came to Mrs. Mars the phys ed teacher, I hated gym. Anyway I think the story was pretty neat and rather creative. I really enjoyed this and it was a rather fast read for me. I was enthralled, wanting to know who was behind the zombie virus, if Margot and Sybil would get bit and if Baron and Milton would figure out the antidote in time. In the end I did narrow it down to two suspects and wasn't really surprised by the answers. Still a really good book.