Released: January 2009
Genre: Young Adult - Paranormal - Zombie
Source: Won in a giveaway from Book Chic
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Q: HOW MANY ZOMBIES DOES IT TAKE TO RUIN A SOCIAL LIFE?
A: NOT MANY.
Megan Berry is a Zombie Settler by birth, which means she's part-time shrink to a whole bunch of semi-dead people with killer issues. All Megan really wants is to go to homecoming, but when you're trailed by a bunch of slobbering corpses whenever you leave the house, it's kinda hard to score a date. Let's just say Megan's love life could use some major resuscitation.
Megan's convinced her life can't get any worse - until someone in school starts using black magic to turn average, angsty Undead into scary, hardcore flesh-eating Zombies. Now it's up to Megan to stop the Zombie apocalypse. Her life - and more importantly, the homecoming dance - depends on it.
I've never been a huge zombie fan. The whole undead-moaning-slobbering thing has never been my cup of tea. Like many reads over the past year, I'm reaching outside my comfort zone and giving zombies more of a try. I thought this book would be a little darker and a little more serious, but it turned out to be an actual fun, witty, and light hearted one that I enjoyed.
Megan has a great young teenage voice. She just wants to live a normal life, but it's kind of hard when the undead keep showing up on your doorstep. The beginning of the book had me laughing and completely loving everything about it. You can tell Stacey Jay took some time in creating this whole world of Settlers. The system of their world was explained very well and you learned more as Megan went through more of the training process. I also enjoyed the author's writing style. Everything played out nicely where I could picture it all in my head. I could really see this being a TV show.
The relationship between Megan and Ethan fit perfectly. (And yes, I did develop a character crush on Ethan. I can't help these things. Boys in books always seem to be better.) These two bounced off one another nicely, and I'm hoping that maybe in the next book we get to read more on their past together.
By the time I got to the middle, I wouldn't quite say I became bored, but I wasn't as into it as I had been. It just kind of slowed down for me. I also figured out who the villain was around this time. That's my main reason for rating this 3.5 instead of a 4 because I really wanted to be surprised, but wasn't. The whole time I kept thinking why isn't Megan seeing who the villain is! Now the reasons behind why the villain did what they did was good, but like I said, I really wanted to be more surprised. Overall it was still a good read and I'm looking forward to the next book.