Review: Super Zombie Juice Mega Bomb by MJA Ware

 

Title: Super Zombie Juice Mega Bomb

Author: MJA Ware

Publisher: CG Press LTD

ISBN: B005LDJDHM

 

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

When life gives you lemons, kill zombies — turns out lemon juice neutralizes the undead.
After a failed attempt at running away, best friends Nathan and Misty return home expecting to face angry parents. Instead, they discover the military has destroyed the bridges out of their rural town and everyone’s fled–except a small horde of the living dead. The stress of flesh-eating zombies may be more than their already strained relationship can handle.
Even with the help of the town geek and lemonade-powered Super-Soakers, there’s not enough time to squeeze their way out of this sticky mess. Unless the trio eradicates the zombie infestation, while avoiding the deadly zombie snot, the military will blow the town, and them, to pulp.
Their only shot is something with a lot more punch. Something like the Super Zombie Juice Mega Bomb. But even if their friendship survives, there’s another problem: Someone has to lure the undead into the trap.

Review:

When I was first contacted to review this book, I have to admit that I wasn’t exactly jumping with anticipation.  The cover convinced me to at least look at the book, but again, small publishers and their books aren’t really my thing.  I tossed the book into my luggage when I went on vacation, and I started reading it while sitting around the fairgrounds at a recent horse show.  I found it surprisingly fun, and polished it off in just over one sitting.

The humor is what really caught my attention when I started reading SZJMB, and the action kept me engaged to the end.  Nate and Misty are best buds, and after getting in trouble when caught making an ill-advised late-night run to Dairy Queen, they decide to run away.  That lasts about a day, but on their trek back home, they notice that things are a little too quiet.  Things are clearly not right, especially after the mayor attacks them.  Being fairly clueless, it takes both of them a while to realize that the mayor wasn’t drunk; he’s the victim of a zombie infection!  The entire town is crawling with zombies, and Nate and Misty seem to be the only non-zombies left in their small town.

The fast-pacing guarantees that the pages will turn rapidly as Nate and Misty run and fight for their lives.  They hole up at the local Wal-Mart, setting up their HQ in the vision center while attempting to decide what to do next.  Their strategy sessions are a lot of fun, and prove that watching lots of TV will help get you through a zombie apocalypse.  Despite their terror, they both settle down for a long siege by the zombies.  A lucky coincidence gives them a powerful weapon to use against the hordes of undead lumbering through town, and after they save a young genius from being zombie chow, it looks like they might actually survive their undead nightmare.

I really liked the young protagonists, especially Misty.  She doesn’t sit back and cringe helplessly as the mob of undead attempt to gobble her brains.  No!  She takes an active part in the zombie battles, and it is very clear that without her help, Nate isn’t going to escape from having his own brains quickly consumed.  Nate is appealing, too.  He makes mistakes, and while he usually learns from them, sometimes he is a little slow to change his ways. 

This is a fun MG read with age appropriate gore and zombie snot, and it should engage even the most reluctant of readers.  Who doesn’t like zombie stories?  Lots of action and humor make this book a blast.

Grade: B+

Review copy provided by author

Super Zombie Juice Mega Bomb is available for a limited time for 99 cents through the Kindle Store!  I have included links for both the print and digital editions above.