Monday, June 18, 2012

Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? by Max Brallier

Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? by Max Brallier
2011, Gallery Books

Synopsis: Inside these pages lies unspeakable horror. Bloodsplattering, brain-impaling, flesh-devouring horror. You’ve probably read your fair share of zombie stories. But this time it’s different. No longer can you sit idle as a bunch of fools make all the wrong moves. All hell is about to break loose—and YOU have a say in humanity’s survival. You have choices to make. Moral dilemmas. Strategic decisions. Weapons. Vehicles. Will you be a hero? Or will you cover your own ass at all costs? Can you withstand the coming hours, days, weeks, and months? Or will you die amidst the chaos and violence of a zombie uprising? Or, worst of all, will you become one of them?

Why read: An adult zombie choose your own adventure sounded amazing.

What impressed me: More often than not, the situations in this book felt realistic. Nothing was innovative, with most decisions being those zombie fans have already seen numerous times in movies. But that was part of the fun, getting to make the choices you've seen before for yourself, instead of just thinking the movie characters were some sort of idiots.

What disappointed me: The short answer is no. You cannot survive the zombie apocalypse. I reread this book, choosing different paths at least eight times and always, always, died one way or another - some more grisly than others. Maybe that's the point of the book, that no one can survive, but that doesn't make it very fun.

Recommended: Yes. While the constant deaths were annoying, this is definitely a book zombie fans are going to want to experience for themselves.

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