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Zombies Don’t Cry review

Zombies Don't CryZombies Don’t Cry by Rusty Fischer

October 2012, Electric Monkey

Book jacket blurb:

It’s raining as I head for home and I’m kind of starting to wonder what that hissing sound on the top of my head is. It sounds a little like fresh meat sizzling on a grill. By the time I look in my mirror, I realize the reason: there’s a huge black hole burned in the back of my head.

What. The. Hell?

Maddy Swift is just an ordinary girl, until the fateful night when she is struck by lightning and wakes up face down in a puddle. Then it’s goodbye to all things Normal – such as breathing and having a heartbeat – and hello to yellow vision and a whole new Afterlife.

Turns out there’s a lot more to being a zombie than shuffling and groaning, but surviving school as one of the living dead requires a different set of skills. And things don’t get any easier when Maddy realises that she’s not the only reanimated student at Barracuda Bay High…


It might seem slightly at odds with the current heat wave to have my nose stuck in a zombie book, but after watching World War Z recently my taste for the undead was, shall we say, reanimated – so I picked up this little gem which has been languishing on my TBR pile for way too long.

Zombies Don’t Cry has everything a zombie book should: a large helping of blood and gore, suitably inventive methods of dispatching said ghouls, mass consumption of BRAAAAAINS and… romance. (Don’t believe me on the last one? You obviously haven’t seen Warm Bodies.)

You’d think that when Maddy Swift wakes up a zombie after a freak lightning strike she’d have enough to deal with, what with having a drastic make-over to help her pass as a ‘Normal’ and procuring her five-a-day’s worth of grey matter, but there’s actually the much more pressing issue of whether Stamp, the new hottie in town, will take her to the Fall Formal and how the hell she’s going to keep her BFF Hazel sweet whilst hiding this humungous secret from her. And that’s what I loved most about Maddy – a teenager first, a zombie second, she’s barely fazed by her death and subsequent transformation into a brain-munching Emo-gone-wrong. She’s self-deprecating, witty, has a tendency to go OTT, and I thoroughly enjoyed being swept along for the ride as she brazened her way through what must surely be the worst fall term. Ever. Period.

It never ceases to amaze me that however many zombie books get written, authors keep coming up with new spins to put on the genre: here, you get to learn all about the difference between Zerkers and zombies, why electricity is key and how to avoid pissing off the Elders and their henchmen the Sentinels over at zombie HQ. (And just how is that? Why, by reading and adhering to the rules laid out in The Guide to the Proper Care and Feeding of Zombies, 24th Edition, of course.)

Joining the zombie elite brings new friends, and Goth kids Chloe and Dane (hot zombie? ’fraid so, peeps) couldn’t be any more different to pink sugar dust coated Hazel. And new friends, as we know, can cause tensions in old friendships, so it isn’t long before poor Maddy finds herself stuck in the middle in more ways than one. It was great to read a book which, along with the zombie antics, included plenty of regular teen drama, and had its sad moments without getting too heavy. If you like it as much as I did, there’s the sequel: Zombies Don’t Forgive.

Thank you to Electric Monkey for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Fave quote:

‘If you ever get the chance to see a zombie dance, avoid it.’

Check out this awesome interview with the author/Maddy Swift.

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