This is not your typicalÂ run of the mill zombie book, and it is something totally unexpected.Â ZombieÂ by J.R. Angelella is the perfectÂ combination of horror and comedy, and theÂ ending is something that you would never guess.Â Also, the ending is so terrifying it wonâ€™t be something you will easilyÂ forget.
Fourteen-year-old JeremyÂ Barker is a zombie movie-obsessed teen who uses a Zombie Survival Code to dealÂ with the many struggles in his life.Â HeÂ attends a private all-boys Catholic high school where roving gangs of bulliesÂ make his days a living hell.Â His father,Â Ballentine, an ex-Marine turned real estate agent, disappears night after nightÂ and comes home in the early morning all disheveled and out of it, his older brother,Â Jackson, is a self-diagnosed sex-addict who is no help to Barker, and hisÂ mother, Corrine, is a pill addict who never has time for her son and has movedÂ in with another man.Â The main positiveÂ in the story is Barkerâ€™s beloved dog, which is named simply â€śDog.â€ť
It is a coming of age story unlike any other, and a story not to be taken lightly.Â Barker deals with many usual teen issues suchÂ as bullies, his first love, insecurities, and all of the other issues one goesÂ through at that age.Â However, he hasÂ issues that not every teen goes through such as dealing with his parentsâ€™Â divorce, being a part of one of the most dysfunctional families out there, andÂ finding out what his father is truly up to. Surprisingly, there is not oneÂ actual zombie or a zombie apocalypse in this book.Â The zombies are the bullies, his parents andÂ his crazy brother.Â They are a metaphorÂ for all of the problems in his life and the Zombie Survival Code is what heÂ uses to get through it.
The teen finds aÂ homemade video in his fatherâ€™s closet that is so disturbing you will feel likeÂ you are right there with Barker as he watches it with horror and disbelief.Â The video shows a man strapped to a bed beingÂ prepared for what appears to be some type of surgical procedure.Â The violence is truly unthinkable andÂ disturbing, and you wonâ€™t see whatâ€™s coming.Â Â He immediately starts to trace the origin of the homemade video and the story takes the reader on a thrilling, fast-paced ride.Â The unspeakable cult-like rituals are somethingÂ that no one will expect and will make you want to leave a light on at night.Â An eight-fingered priest at his school, whoÂ also happens to be his English teacher, is somehow connected to this situationÂ involving his father, and Barker must find out what it is before itâ€™s too late.
This is author Angelellaâ€™sÂ debut novel and he is truly a gifted writer and an expert in the zombie genre.Â His obvious love for the zombie genre isÂ proven as the details of the most popular zombie movies are used throughout theÂ book such as Night of the Living Dead, 28 Â Days Later, Planet Terror, Zombieland, Shaun of the Dead and Dawn of the Dead.Â There is one exception whichÂ is The Greatest Story Ever Told, which a priest has hooked Jeremy into by suggesting thatÂ Lazarus and Jesus might be the first zombies ever â€“ a definite surprise.Â Zombie is one of the most original booksÂ ever to grace the horror comedy genre and it is a definite must read.Â Be warned that even though the book is in aÂ high school setting, this isnâ€™t a book for young adults.Â It is a very edgy story with plenty of adultÂ themes and language throughout.
ZombieÂ is a clever book withÂ a dark and unforgettable story that will leave the reader both breathless andÂ terrified.Â Â It wonâ€™t be what most people are expecting, but definitelyÂ worth the time.
For moreÂ information about the author, visit his website at www.jrangelella.com orÂ follow him on Twitter: @jrangelella.
Zombie – Author J.R. Angelella