From School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-Theodor Weiss, an emotionally injured scientist, was recruited by the German government to study a mutation of a deadly bubonic plague that has developed in Manchuria. Unknowingly, he brings a victim back to his mountain hideaway and tries to uncover the cause of the plague, seeking a cure. Once he has obtained the deadly Toxic from the victim, he flees the scene as he realizes that the German government wants to use it as a biological weapon. Arriving at the Southampton dock, he finds the world's largest ocean liner-the Titanic. When the Toxic is violently stolen, it begins to affect thousands of passengers, turning them into malicious, horrid zombies. With the help of Captain Edward Smith, Weiss and his team are forced into a Victorian massacre of the undead during the final hours of the legendary, ill-fated ocean liner as it speeds toward a deadly, disastrous iceberg. This fast-paced thriller reenacts the historical events of the tragic voyage through the lens of zombie anarchy. Plot-driven and told from multiple points of view, the novel will keep teens intrigued with gore and action. Readers will find that fiction and reality are a bit blurred as they continually try to guess which is which. A spine-chilling, nail-biting page-turner.-Krista Welz, The North Bergen Public Library, NJα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Here’s an unusual premise: the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 accidentally saved the world from a zombie apocalypse. The story begins in Germany, where a scientist discovers that a virulent new plague might hold the key to curingmany deadly diseases. Fearing the German military will pervert it for a weapon, the scientist sneaks aboard the Titanic, hoping to take the virus to America, but he’s pursued by a German agent who steals the virus and unwittingly unleashes a plague of zombies. A small group of brave souls, led by Captain Smith of the Titanic, fight to kill the undead before they take over the ship. The authors do an excellent job of making this high-concept idea seem plausible (if you accept the zombies, of course). The descriptions of zombified mayhem are suitably scary, the language is period-appropriate, and fans of Titanic lore will enjoy seeing how the authors reconcile their made-up story with known events: Captain Smith’s reported absence from the bridge after the ship hit the iceberg, for example, is explained by the fact that he was below decks fighting zombies. An imaginative, very well told horror tale. --David Pitt