Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Review: Zombies Don't Cry by Rusty Fischer
Release Date: May 1 2011
Publisher: Medallion Press
Reading Level: Young Adult
Source: Rusty Fischer
Maddy Swift is just a normal girl..... a high school junior surviving class with her best friend and hoping the yummy new kid, Stamp, will ask her out. When he finally does, her whole life changes.
Sneaking out to meet Stamp at a party one rainy night, Maddy is struck by lightning. After awakening, she feels lucky to be alive. Over time, however, Maddy realizes that she's become the thing she and everyone else fear the most: the living dead.
With no heartbeat and no breath in her lungs, Maddy must learn how to survive as a zombie. Turns out there's a lot more to it than shuffling around 24/7 growling "Brains" Needing an afterlife makeover is only the beginning of her problems. As Barracuda Bay High faces zombie Armageddon, Maddy must summon all of her strength to protect what matters most.... just as soon as she figures out exactly what that is.
-- Back Cover Description
Maddy Swift is your typical teenager, worried about grades, school, boys, and hanging out with her best friend Hazel. Things all change when students from her Home Ec class start dieing from terrible accidents. This could be coincidental, but all three students are from the same class and each of them die a month apart. Yes that’s one student a month for three months. Are you getting the creepy vibe yet? Maddy just thinks its a coincidence, but Hazel calls it the Home Ec Curse..... dun dun....
The same day Maddy runs into the new athletic hottie in the hallway literally. His name is Stamp, yes I said Stamp. They get to talking and he invites her to a party. She is on top of the world until things go drastically wrong. While walking to the party it starts to rain.......and thunder.........and lightning.....and ZAP!!!!!! Maddy gets struck by lightning, dies and comes back a zombie. I know rotten luck huh? And I thought I had problems when I was a teenager.
After this grave turning point, Maddy finds that not only is she a zombie, but she is not the only living dead attending Barracuda Bay High. She also finds out that being a zombie has certain rules and regulations she must follow or else. Not only does she have to live with all the changes, brain cravings, and rules; she finds out that she is in the middle of a war between Zombies and Zerckers (bad zombies), that’s been going on for ages. Once she starts to get a hang on things two very bad Zerckers make her life a living hell. Who will survive when everything goes to poopy, and everything Maddy loves is in jeopardy? Well of course I am not going to tell you. You will have to read and find out!
I really loved Zombies Don't Cry. I have never read a zombie book quiet like it. Rusty Fischer actually made being a zombie cool, and almost sexy. I don't know if I could get over the whole yellow teeth thing though. I would have to find a way to paint mine white or something. I could dig being a all-muscle-super-strong-goth-chick, but eating brains? I would have to put some ketchup or hot sauce on them. But that may make them look even more gross. I also enjoyed the scientific explanations of how zombies are made, and the fact that they live and interact with the normals with non the wiser. I also love the fact that they have laws and regulations and they are all compiled into a book. I TOTALLY WANT A COPY OF THAT BOOK !!!!!
I love Maddy! She freaks out a bit about becoming a zombie, but then she finds the strength within herself to accept it the best she can. She also faces many dangers and ends up being one kickass chick. Though I totally love the name Hazel, she totally got on my nerves. I wanted to hit her a few times. She is all about herself, and when Maddy needs her the most she focuses on how Maddy's problem effects her and not on being supportive. She is the most terrible friend ever. I can't stand people who are all take and no give.
All in all, I loved Zombies Don't Cry, and hope Rusty continues the series. I want to know what happens to the characters and who Maddy chooses in the end. The only issue I had with this book was I wanted a little more romance moments. There are some with two hotties, but I wanted more!!!
Overall Rating = A