Audio Review: ZOM-B Mission by Darren Shan

May Contain Spoilers

I started listening to this on audio, and yet again, reached a point where I switched over to the ebook. I have been incredibly fortunate that the library has had the volumes when I needed them, and I started borrowing several volumes at a time. ZOM-B is a fun series with quick episodes, so it pays to have several of them on hand.

After her harrowing adventures on the HMS Belfast, tragedy strikes again. Mr. Barnes goes nuts, attacks Dr. Oystein, and B accidently scratches him while trying to restrain him. Instead of staying at County Hall brooding, she agrees to accompany Emma and Declan on a mission. She is going with the Angels to deliver a group of humans to New Kirkham, a human compound out in the country. Along the way she’ll face the distrust of humans, meet up with an old friend, confront racism, and encounter the scary Owl Man. I’m not sure how I feel about the KKK, but since they seem to have had a resurgence in the States, I guess it’s entirely possible that the zombie uprising would allow them to grab a toehold in the UK.

The action is steady in Mission, and while most of it lacks the intensity of Gladiator, it’s worthy of popcorn and kept me on the edge of my seat. I liked B’s school buddy, Vinyl, and hope he survives the attack by the KKK and the Owl Man. And what the heck did Mr Barnes discover that made him attack Oystein like that? Wow! Lots of dangling plot threads to tease readers into picking up the next volume. The teasing worked. I have Clans downloaded on my phone, ready for the drive to work!

Grade: 4.25 stars

Review copy borrowed from my local library

About the book:

B Smith and the other Angels are relieved to finally receive their first mission – to safely escort a group of human survivors from the zombie-infested streets of London to New Kirkham, a barricaded safe haven in the country. But after battling through crowds of undead monsters, B discovers that the survivors of the town don’t necessarily represent the best of humanity. And when evil influences make their way to New Kirkham, unearthing demons from B’s past, the humans will be forced to choose between being honorable and being safe.
Darren Shan continues his adventures of a teenage zombie trying to right the wrongs of a flawed human life, exploring the morality and ills of society through the lens of an apocalypse gone wrong–and a terrifying hell on earth reigning.