Zom-B Underground (Zom-B Series #2)
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Zom-B Underground (Zom-B Series #2)

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by Darren Shan
     
 

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Waking up in a military complex, months after zombies attacked school, B has no memory of the last few months. Life in the UK has turned tough since the outbreak, and B is woven into life- and battle- in the new military regime quickly. But as B learns more about the zombies held in the complex and the scientists keeping them captive, unease settles in. Why exactly…  See more details below

Overview

Waking up in a military complex, months after zombies attacked school, B has no memory of the last few months. Life in the UK has turned tough since the outbreak, and B is woven into life- and battle- in the new military regime quickly. But as B learns more about the zombies held in the complex and the scientists keeping them captive, unease settles in. Why exactly was B saved? And is there anyone left in the world to trust?

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—After the events that ended not only the first book but also her life, B Smith is surprised to wake up in the middle of a deadly fight between zombies and heavily armed figures. The figures turn out to be just like B: zombies who have regained their consciousness and intellect. These Revitalizeds are kept prisoner in a top-secret military complex and are subjected to experimentation and observation. B tries to fit in as best she can, but that was not her strong suit even when she was alive, and she finds herself at odds with both her captors and her fellow prisoners. An outside attack gives her a chance at freedom, which she takes, along with her fellow Revitalizeds, and she once again finds herself on the run and trying to get answers for what she has become. The story starts off a little slowly with B sorting out and giving readers her thoughts and perceptions on her situation, but once the action starts, it doesn't let up. This sequel is not about action alone, however, as it focuses primarily on B as she tries to come to terms with what she has done and find her place in the world. Shan has done a good job of balancing this angst with B's more physical situation, and it is the strength of this installment. The other characters are not as fully developed, but they are all interesting in their own way. The story should leave readers eager for the next book and the continuation of B's journey.—Erik Knapp, Davis Library, Plano, TX
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"A raw and deeply observant tale of a morally questionable kid trying, and usually failing, to move beyond the ingrained racism instilled by B's father. It is a brave move by Shan to posit such a bigoted hooligan as our protagonist."
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Praise for Zom-B Underground:

"Once the action starts, it doesn't let up... Shan has done a good job of balancing this angst with B's more physical situation, and it is the strength of this installment."—School Library Journal

Praise for Zom-B:
"Shan packs in the bites, and he rips out enough entrails for even the most jaded zombie fan; the cliffhanger ending...closes on just the right note to leave the audience gnawing for more...A series opener to sink your teeth into."—Kirkus Reviews"

A raw and deeply observant tale of a morally questionable kid trying, and usually failing, to move beyond the ingrained racism instilled by B's father. It is a brave move by Shan to posit such a bigoted hooligan as our protagonist."—Booklist"

Character development is impressive...and Shan executes the transition from normalcy to wholesale terror masterfully."—Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316214117
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
01/01/2013
Series:
Zom-B Series , #2
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
200,641
File size:
10 MB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Darren Shan is the bestselling author of Cirque Du Freak, The Demonata, and the Saga of Larten Crepsley, as well as the stand-alone book The Thin Executioner. Shan's books are sold on almost every continent and in thirty-one languages, and have been bestsellers in countries including the US, Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Hungary, Japan, Taiwan, and the UAE. In total, they have sold over 25 million copies worldwide. Shan divides his time between his homes in Ireland and London.

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Zom-B Underground 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I pre-ordered this book and read it in one sitting as soon as it arrived. It was full of surprises and I've already ordered the next book in the series!
Suvorov More than 1 year ago
B wakes up in an underground facility. There are different types of zombies and scientists are experimenting to try and discover as much about them as possible. B is a revitalized, which means she is a zombie who retains her memory and some of her human skills, such as speaking. However, she is still a zombie and has a craving for brains. B meets others like her, but then something breaks into the facility, something more horrific than the zombies themselves, and it seems to have its sight on B. ----- When I got to the end of book 1, I thought I knew where this series was going. Was I ever wrong! Let's just say that zombies are not the scariest things in this book. ----- If you read the first book and thought there was not enough carnage and brain eating for a zombie book, you have no reason to fret. Shan manages to pack an enormous amount of blood, gore, carnage and just plain old gross into a small book. ----- However, if you are a connoisseur of the traditional, slow, simply decomposing dead body type of zombie, be prepared for something completely different. We're talking about a whole race of zombies with as many differences as you may find in the human race. In fact, the reader is still left in the dark about some of the differences; they might not actually be zombies. ----- Oh yes, and if you are afraid of clowns, prepare yourself. ----- I may not have mentioned this in my review of the first book, but the Zom-B series has a lot of illustrations. They are very well done, especially where the clown is concerned. When I got to the part of the book that describes the clown, I kept flipping over to the picture to actually see what was in the description. It's disturbing. Don't read it at night. ----- Of course, there are no social issues in this series at all. Oh wait, yes there are. It looks like there is one specific issue, however the reader will have to wait to see if it will end up being a consistent theme in the entire series. I am talking about the racism to which we are introduced in the first book and is paralleled in Underground by the attitude toward zombies, more prominently the revitalizeds, by humans. After all, zombies are people too- they're just dead people. ----- As with book 1, Underground is an interesting story as well as a quick read. It is a young adult novel with an enormous amount of violence, gore and more. To tell you the truth, I'm not sure if this should be a young adult novel. I wouldn't let my kid read it. Well maybe when they are older, possibly 16 and older. Although there is a message of salvation and redemption in the story, it may be lost in the overwhelming amount of blood and guts. When people talk about the desensitization of our youth, Underground would be a good example. ----- In spite of that, I do recommend this book for adults. It is a good zombie story with a unique twist.
224perweek More than 1 year ago
Not quite as impressed with book 2 as I was with book 1. This one leaned a little to closely to the military realm which I am bored with when it comes to zombie books. However, the ending started to gear toward something else so it will be interesting to see where this series ends up. On to book 3.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name: has always been called red. Dont ask ber real name or... well youll find out if you ask. but it isnt pretty. <br> Gender: *facewoodchipper* <br> Age: 17 <br> Rank: assassin <br> Looks: wears a black cloak and a vest underneath with varius knifes, and other stuff. Black jeans. <br> Personality: usualy pretty stubborn and short tempered. But can be random funny caring kind and fun loving. <br> Weapons: varius knifes, poisons, grenades, and her favorate: a cleaver she took from her local butcher shop. And a jackknife her parents gave her she named Cleary (she calls her cleaver cleavon sometimes) They wont miss that.. right? <br> History: dont ask or youll go home without an eye. She only tells her friends. <br> Siggy: R#|) <br> Song: Burn it too the ground and if today was your last day by Nickleback + better dig two by the band perry and this is how we roll by florida georgia line. <br> Other: her innitials are T G. <br> Anything else just ask! <p> ~R#|)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name: Always called Blue, nothing else. <p> <p> age: 17 <p> <p> gender: female. <p> <p> looks: she always wears a hooded cloak and black mask. She has combat boots, and if someone where to take her mask off, well, that is for later. <p> <p> personality: Blue comes off as very mysterious and harsh, but in reality she is sexy and fun loving. She can be short tempered. <p> <p> crush/love preference: no crush but she loves just about anyone. <p> <p> rank: bounty hunter/ assasin. <p> <p> weapon: various knives, potatoes, and grenades, but her weapon of choice is a giant meat cleaver in which she named Mr Cleaver. Do not get in the way of Mr Cleaver. Blue is very very protective of him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She was brought in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name~Andy<p> Age~18<p> Looks~Short red ear length hair green eyes usally wearing a dule blue tank top and riped jean shorts<p> Persenalty~Kind loyal and rebeluse. She needs a lot of displen before she backs down<p> Ex-boyfriend~Alex<p> Story of getting here~She was captured by War torn and brought here<p> Rank~slave
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Laine-librariancanreadtoo More than 1 year ago
ARRRGGGHHHH!!!!!! Snashing of the teeth! Bones creeping out of fingernails clawing at anything it can reach. Hungry......hungry.......hung...... BBBRRRAAIINNSS!!!!!!!!!!!! Welcome to the new and improved B.  B is different. B smells. B doesn't care. Because she's hungry. B is a Zombie. After that ungrateful day at her high school B wakes up to find her self different...she doesn't remember how, she doesn't remember ever coming to a dark place with guards all around her and she doesn't understand how she can understand the &quot;human guards&quot; and not want to eat them like all the other Zombies. How is she different? And why does the military want with her? She hasn't done anything wrong....well...if you count those bodies and brains rolling around in her stomach, but come on!! Forgive and forget people, forgive and forget! Darren Shan has done it again with the story of B...now with the insight world of being a Zombie comparing to a Human Shan has offically scared the pants right off of me. (Haven't found them yet!)
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Sad
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book us one if the best Darren had mad do far! Its creepy and i could pull away until the paged ran out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome:):):):D
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Cool
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Really!!! Never read it
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