I just recently discovered Zurvival Saturday, hosted by Kristin at Blood, Sweat and Books and had to join in! The more zombies, the better, right? I’m all for that. Sadly, I won’t be able to participate every Saturday because my blog is scheduled for many weeks in advance, but I will definitely be throwing one of these in every now and then. 😉
The Living Dead Boy
by Rhiannon Frater
Publication date: August 11th 2010
Genre: Horror, Zombies
Source: Personal purchase
Josh Rondell is twelve years old and known as the “living dead boy” due to his rampant love of all things zombie. As the head of the Zombie Hunters Club, he’s obsessed with preparing for the zombocalypse.
Though no one around him really believes that zombies will one day rise to devour the living, Josh is convinced it just might happen.
When zombies do shamble into his schoolyard, Josh finds himself the leader of the dwindling band of zombie hunters, and he is charged with protecting them all. Josh’s baby brother, his closest friends, and the love of his young life try to survive as the undead take over their town.
Trapped in his treehouse and surrounded by the dead, will Josh be able to save them all?
A gripping horror tale for zombie fans of all ages!
I can’t believe how much I loved this book. Ok, that’s not exactly true. It’s Rhiannon Frater, for crying out loud. I’ve never read anything she’s written and not loved it to pieces. This book took me by surprise though. When I first started reading it and realized how MG it seemed I thought, “Oh, this is going to be a cute story about zombies.” Um, no. I was wrong. Very wrong. There’s not much in the way of cuteness inside these pages. In fact, I was flat out terrified by chapter ten. Literally. I had to go out to get something from my car and flinched at every noise in the darkness of my driveway. You know how sometimes you run up the basements stairs after flipping the lights off because you feel like something is behind you? Yep, that was me going back into my house, shutting the door, locking it, and running back to the safety of my couch — with my tablet to continue reading, of course. I can’t wait to pass this one on to my teenage son!
The Living Dead Boy is told from Josh’s perspective. Josh is a twelve year old boy with a group of friends who spend their time training for the zombie apocalypse. This rigorous training, complete with zombie masks and foam weapons, happens in Josh’s backyard with their headquarters being his treehouse. Josh is completely obsessed with everything that has to do with zombies. He’s like me, only he’s twelve. Hmm, that doesn’t make me sound all that intelligent, does it? Anyway, Josh is very gung-ho about the possibility of a zombie outbreak. Even his closest friends, who are a part of the Zombie Hunter Club, don’t really believe like he does. Until it happens one day while they are at school. Oh, yeah. I’ve now added being in school to the top of my “worst place to be during a zombie outbreak” list, right after hospitals and airports.
What I love about Rhiannon is that she has no qualms about ripping your heart out and showing it to you as you’re falling to the ground watching it slowly stop beating in the palm of her hand. Yes, that is what I love about her. Call me crazy, but she is one badass writer. My horror writing idol, if you will. Just like in the opening scene of The First Days, she pulls no punches when it comes to the undead rising. People get eaten and you are forced to watch people that you love turn into mindless killing machines that make you want to crap yourself and cry all at the same time.
I LOVED this book. This one is being added to my Favorite Reads of 2014 list. It made me giggle, cry, hold my breath, laugh out loud, pull my feet up off the ground because who knows.. there could be a zombie lurking under my bed, and almost start biting my nails again. I highly recommend The Living Dead Boy to all fans of horror and my fellow zombie junkies!
About the Author
Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of over a dozen books, including the As the World Dies zombie trilogy (Tor), as well as independent works such as The Last Bastion of the Living (declared the #1 Zombie Release of 2012 by Explorations Fantasy Blog and the #1 Zombie Novel of the Decade by B&N Book Blog), and other horror novels. In 2014, her newest horror novel, The Mesmerized, will be released by Permuted Press. Dead Spots will be published in 2015 by Tor. She was born and raised a Texan and presently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and furry children (a.k.a pets). She loves scary movies, sci-fi and horror shows, playing video games, cooking, dyeing her hair weird colors, and shopping for Betsey Johnson purses and shoes.
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