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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

ARC REVIEW: State of Emergency by Mary Hallberg

17-year-old Dallas Langdon is fighting off zombies with a pizza cutter.
Dallas has always loved zombie movies. But when she catches a real live (erm, dead) musician eating a man’s intestines backstage after the show, she knows her movies have become a reality. And what do characters in zombie movies do? Seek shelter. Fortunately, Dallas's eccentric uncle owns a farmhouse in Chattanooga, an eight hour drive from New Orleans. It’s on top of a steep mountain, surrounded by electric fences, and cut off from the worlds of the living and the dead.
Dallas’s parents, still safe at home, laugh at her idea over the phone. Her friends only agree to join her because it’s fall break and they could use a mini vacation anyway.
But then Dallas’s best friend is killed by a zombie horde when they’re attracted to her ringing cell phone. Civilians think their reanimated loved ones simply have the flu, leaving them alive (well, undead) and rapidly increasing the zombies ranks. And since minors can’t buy guns, Dallas’s only weapon is a giant industrial pizza cutter she swipes from a gas station. George A. Romero never mentioned anything like this. With one friend dead and no zombie survival guides to help her, Dallas and her friends must get to Chattanooga before joining the ranks of the undead themselves. (less)

I received a copy of this novel in return for an honest review

I am kind of sick of zombies, there I said it. However, when the author requested a review I was intrigued and so I gave it a chance.

This story is simple. Teenagers try to get away from zombies before they get eaten. However, the tale was spun with humor, action, and suspense and is all about how they are trying to get away from said zombies.

I would have liked al little more time spent on character development, but the world building was solid.

This book focus more on the outbreak than what happens after wards, which made it different than other zombies books I have read.

This was a quick and easy read, but quite entertaining.

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