Z

Z

by Michael Thomas Ford
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Z by Michael Thomas Ford

The First Rule of Torching: Cleanse with fire.

Josh is by far the best zombie Torcher around—at least, he is in his virtual-reality zombie-hunting game. Josh has quickly risen through the player ranks, relying on the skill, cunning, and agility of a real Torcher.

The Second Rule of Torching: Save all humans.

But luckily for Josh, zombies exist only in the virtual world. The real zombie war is now more than fifteen years in the past, and the battle to defeat the deadly epidemic that devastated his family—and millions of others—is the stuff of history lessons.

The Third Rule of Torching: You can't bring them back.

Charlie is the top-ranked player in the game. Since all the players are shrouded in anonymity, Josh never expects Charlie to be a girl—and he never expects the offer she makes him: to join the underground gaming league that takes the virtual-reality game off the screen and into the streets. Josh is thrilled. But the more involved he gets, the more he realizes that not everything is what it seems. Real blood is spilling, members of the team are disappearing, and the zombies in the game are acting strange. And then there's the matter of a mysterious drug called Z. . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060737580
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/07/2010
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: HL640L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Michael Thomas Ford is the author of the teen novel Suicide Notes as well as several essay collections and adult novels, including Jane Bites Back. He lives in San Francisco with his partner and their five dogs.

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Z 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good read. Hard to put down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever
MercedesMud More than 1 year ago
I really liked the idea of this book and the book itself. There are few role playing fiction books that I have found which are worth the read. It's a page turner, keeps you on the edge of your seat and I'm wondering if there is a sequel.
Cid More than 1 year ago
The Setting - is 2032, fifteen years after the Zombie War. The world has been cleansed of zombies, and high tech gadgets replace many of the organic things that once lived alongside humans; pets, insects, they're all gadgets now. And man, do humans rely on their gadgets! Paper. What's that? Video games lack cords, they're fully submerged virtual reality worlds where you feel and sense everything. Global warming has taken its toll, melting the polar ice caps enough to cause water to have risen significantly. But most of all, humanity is complacent; the zombie threat is of the past. The Characters - were interesting. I decided halfway through the book that I couldn't think of them as high school kids; it just wasn't believable in my head. Josh has to be either a sophomore or a junior in high school, yet he faces few consequences, runs around with lots of freedom and thinks with more critical skills than most high school students possess. I decided halfway through that I would think of Josh and the others as live-at-home college kids, freshmen or sophomores maybe. The relationships between the team of Torchers is defined by the initial dynamic and then they don't really grow. I don't really buy into the emotional turmoil, the bonds, or any of it - and I think it could have been much more powerful had I felt along with those characters. The Plot - was the other reason I decided to think of the characters as college kids. Josh must deceive his family to join the other Torchers in their real life battle against the zombies, well, the cybernetic zombies - right? There's the drug, Z, which I can believe - plenty of high school kids do drugs sadly. I just question the ability of a bunch of high school kids to battle zombies who are stronger than they are and work as a team functioning with high levels of memorization. I thought that the book missed out on a lot of the thriller/horror aspects what with being toned down for a YA audience. At the closure of the book I felt that it could have been so much more powerful and heart wrenching, it could have given me nightmares - but it just wasn't on that level. I enjoyed Z, it's an interesting zombie story with a twist, it's just not as scary or powerful as I'd hoped it would be.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks in and sets my stuff in a room that i claim. I sharpen my daggers.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Wish they would come out with a second book because the ending sounded as if they could come out with a second book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Katie. Age:16 or so. Height:almost 6 feet tall. Weight:not important. Description:muscular,tough,not much of a talker. Shes got long brown hair with purple highlights,deep purple eyes,and wears denim shorts,a black t-shirt,a purple vest with her 6 pokeballs clipped on the front,and a purple pendant on a golden chain. Pokemon team:1. Lucario,lv45. Carrying Lucarionite. 2. Slurpuff,lv37. 3. Pangoru,lv39. 4. Fearow,lv63. 5. Dragalgae,lv47. 6. Ninetales,lv38. Occaisionally has an Umbreon or Glaceon instead of Slurpuff. <P> Moonfall: Katies younger sister. Height: exactly 4'10" and proud of it! Age: 11. Has a high necked red long sleeved shirt, black jeans, and black boots. Livin' the dream, baby. Green eyes, glasses, waist length brown/blond hair. Pokemon: Espeon, 69, Pigeot, 45, Slyveon, 32, Flareon, 40, Delcatty, 50, and Purloin, 15.
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tyne More than 1 year ago
Love this book...what about a ending?what about a second book?don't like the ending!!:(
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was an okay book really. Not as suspensful as i hoped but overall it was okay.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got exicting at begining then dropped to an ok book
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Not all that great.
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Tom Madden More than 1 year ago
it is good and i fun,
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