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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Zom-B
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (July 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316214140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316214148
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

Praise for Zom-B:
"Shan packs in the bites, and he rips out enough entrails for even the most jaded zombie fan; the cliffhanger ending...closes on just the right note to leave the audience gnawing for more...A series opener to sink your teeth into."
Kirkus Reviews

"A raw and deeply observant tale of a morally questionable kid trying, and usually failing, to move beyond the ingrained racism instilled by B's father. It is a brave move by Shan to posit such a bigoted hooligan as our protagonist."
Booklist

"Character development is impressive...and Shan executes the transition from normalcy to wholesale terror masterfully."
Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Darren Shan is the bestselling author of Cirque Du Freak, The Demonata, and the Saga of Larten Crepsley, as well as the stand-alone book The Thin Executioner. Shan's books are sold on almost every continent and in thirty-one languages, and have been bestsellers in countries including the US, Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Hungary, Japan, Taiwan, and the UAE. In total, they have sold over 25 million copies worldwide. Shan divides his time between his homes in Ireland and London.

More About the Author

Darren Shan's real name is Darren O'Shaughnessy (pronounced O-Shock-Nessy, though it can also be pronounced O-Shawn-Essy_. Although he is Irish, he was born on July 2, 1972, in St. Thomas' Hospital, London -- directly across the river from the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, which may explain his fascination with evil bloodsuckers! He lived in South East London, near the Elephant & Castle. He started school at the early age of three (he was such a wild child, no pre-school facility would have him!), in English Martyrs. At the age of six, he moved to Limerick in Ireland, with his parents and younger brother, and has lived there ever since.


Shan went to primary school in Askeaton, where his mother was a teacher, then to secondary school in Copsewood College in Pallaskenry. Later, he went back to London to study Sociology and English at Roehampton University. He then worked for a cable television company in Limerick for a couple of years, before setting up as a full-time writer at the age of 23.


Although Shan always wanted to be a writer, it was only in his teenage years that he began writing in his spare time for fun (before that, he only wrote stories if they were for homework). He bought his first typewriter when he was 14, and never looked back, knocking out loads of short stories and comic scripts, and making false starts on several books, which he never completed. He enjoyed his first taste of literary success at age 15, as a runner-up in a television script-writing competition for RTE in Ireland, with a dark comedy script titled A Day in the Morgue (he was morbid even then!).


Shan was 17 when he finished his first novel. Although it was never published, he relished the writing experience, and found himself focusing more on novels in the coming years, leaving behind the short-story format. For the next several years, sandwiched between university and work, he wrote an average of one book a year, experimenting with different ideas, genres, lengths and styles. When he started writing full-time, his output shot up to 5 to 6 books per year! But that has dropped back to 2 to 3 recently, due to all the travelling around he's been doing to promote sales of his books.

All of these early books were adult-oriented. Although Shan quite liked the idea of writing a children's book one day, he considered himself an adult writer first and foremost. In fact, Shan's initial breakthrough was with an adult book, in 1999, titled Ayuamarca (since re-released in the UK as Procession Of The Dead, and coming to the USA in 2010).


In January 2000, his first children's book, Cirque du Freak, which he'd written as a fun side-project, was published. The first book in a series titled The Saga of Darren Shan (or Cirque du Freak, as it's known in America), it attracted rave reviews and an ever-growing army of fans hungry to learn more about vampires which were quite unlike any that anyone had ever seen before!


Shan loved writing for children so much, that for the next several years he focused exclusively on his books for younger readers. First, he wrote a total of 12 books about vampires. He quickly followed up his vampiric saga with The Demonata, a series about demons. Running to ten books in total, The Demonata cemented Shan's place in the UK as the Master Of Children's Horror, and saw him score his first UK #1 bestseller. He also wrote a one-off short book, called Koyasan, for Wold Book Day in the UK.

There was a very successful manga adaptation of Shan's vampire series, drawn by the Japanese artist, Takahiro Arai. It was originally serialized in Japan, but collected volumes are now on sale in the USA, UK and other countries.

In addition to writing for children, Shan has now returned to his first love and is once again writing for adults as well. He has had two adult books published in the UK, Procession Of The Dead and Hell's Horizon. They have been released in a number of other countries too, and are due to hit the USA in 2010. A third, City of the Snakes, goes on sale in the UK in March 2010. His first adult books were released under the name of D B Shan, but they are being reprinted under the name of Darren Shan in March 2010, and City of the Snakes will be released under the Darren Shan name.

By the start of 2010, Shan's books were on sale in every continent, in 39 countries, in 31 languages, and have been children's bestsellers in America, Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and other countries. The books have topped adult bestseller charts in Hungary, Japan and Taiwan. In total, Shan's books have sold close to 15 million copies worldwide!!!!

The movie rights to Cirque Du Freak were bought by Universal, and the first movie (which combines elements from the first three books in the series) was released on October 23rd, 2009, starring newcomer Chris Massoglia as Darren Shan, along with a wide array of established stars such as Josh Hutcherson, John C Reilly, Salma Hayek, Willem Defoe and Ken Watanabe. The movie was called Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant. It was released on DVD and Blu-Ray in February 2010.


A big film buff, with a collection of more than four thousand movies at home, Shan also reads lots of comics and books, and likes to study and collect original artwork, especially comic art and impressionist and post-impressionist art. He has recently started adding sculptures to his collection, making use of the large, empty field outside his back door. Other interests include long walks, watching football (he's a Tottenham Hotspur and Ireland fan), listening to pop and rock music, theatre, worldwide travel, sampling the delights of both gourmet cuisine and finger-licking junk food, and dreaming up new ways to terrify his readers!!!

Shan spends most of his time in Limerick, Ireland, with his girlfriend Bas. He has no pets, but a neighbourhood dog called Goldie joins him on his walks most days. He also feeds a variety of wild birds, and spots the occasional hare and pheasant strolling through his back yard. In addition to his main home in Ireland, Shan has an apartment in London, to which he escapes for a burst of high-speed living every so often, when he feels the need to get his juices flowing!! Shan rarely writes when in London or on the road, preferring to tie himself to his computer when at home in Limerick, where he can work away solidly without any distractions in the peace and quiet of the Irish countryside.

Customer Reviews

I am on pins and needles waiting for the next one.
Tyler S
Well written, the story moves the main character B along on her unusual journey as a zombie.
Deborah Thomas Lamb
My son has read every series by Darren Shan and has loved them all.
M. Novotny

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Thomas Lamb on August 8, 2013
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Another fast-paced segment in the Zom-B series. Darren Shan doesn't let down his readers in this one. Well written, the story moves the main character B along on her unusual journey as a zombie. Can't wait for the next one. Oh yeah, I'm old and I loved it. Didn't put it down from the first page to the last. Daughter is a teen and she loved it. Of course we own a copy of all Shan's works. He consistently hits home runs with his ability to write for the teen market.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. J. Neary on August 4, 2013
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Book #4 takes B out of isolated London and introduces her to Dr. Oystein and others like her. Dr. O's story and history have him in the forefront of finding ways to help the revitalized with a longer life (B hoped to live for a few months and now Dr. O guarantees much more) and he has named them "angels" and they fight and train daily to combat the evil forces of Mr. Dowling and his zombies. B is still as prickly as ever BUT she still has her reservations about Dr. O and Master Zhang even though all the other kids LOVE their life together. I am looking forward to the next book and what happens with B- will she stay or continue on her own journey???
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Harrington on July 18, 2013
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Another great chapter in this series the puzzle is starting to come together and a war is coming really looking forward to the next installment
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tyler S on July 11, 2013
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I have to say that Darren Shan is the coolest author around. Wonderfully creepy and intense. Shan always finds a way to take his storylines to the next level of awesomeness.
I am on pins and needles waiting for the next one.
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Format: Hardcover
Becky, or B, Smith is a zombie who has somehow managed to fight off turning into a zombie, despite being dead, and having had her heart ripped from her chest. B stumbles upon the Angels, revitalized zombies, and a mysterious Doctor who is intrigued by B and welcomes her openly into their sanctuary. When he tells her life expectancy isn’t a few years as she thought, but instead several thousand, B is beside herself with relief knowing her death isn’t around the corner, but then frightened as thousands of years is a very long time. This book was almost too quick of a read, under two hundred pages, and I am left wondering if these Zom-B books shouldn’t be combined instead of drawn out as they are. With that said, this book has it all: gore, fighting for your life, suspense, deceit, and shady characters that remind you that in uncertain times, nobody can be trusted. Nobody.

“We zombies are all freaks of nature, each a walking medical marvel, but one tends to forget that. This is a reminder of our ability to defy established laws. You are a remarkable individual, Becky Smith, and you should be proud of a great wound which you bear.”

Younger aged fans of the Walking Dead will find these books addicting, and I could see a Young Adult TV spin-off coming from these. While I highly recommend this book, I suggest starting with book one so the story will make more sense by the time you get to this one, book four.

*This book was provided in exchange for an honest review*
*This review can be found at Musing with Crayolakym*
*You can view the original review at San Francisco Book Review*
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Format: Paperback
the first three books of zom b series are quite good... unfortunately, in this one, mister shan starts with religion mambo-jumbo about a creator call god( as you well know, god is just an imaginary friend for stupids adults). every now and again, I found the same problem with good writers, which trying to pass thru their books his or hers delusional beliefs ...
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By austin bohland on April 14, 2014
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Its great i have read all them leading up to this one and they all are really great and everyone should read them
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