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Choose Your Doom Zombie Apocalypse (Volume 1) Perfect Paperback – November 26, 2010
The Daughter of Union County
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A clever and entertaining read every time you dig in you never know quite where the ride will end, but it's always a trip! ----David Dunwoody, author of EMPIRE
Choose Your Doom: Zombie Apocalypse is goofy, gruesome retro fun! ----Richard Lee Byers, author of Dissolution and The Captive Flame
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Your mom is the owner of a restaurant. While she stepped out, the town is completely overrun by fast moving zombies. You do what you can to survive, but there are too many of them. You get a phone call from your girlfriend to meet at the bank. Now it's entirely up to you on how you want to die!
Zombie Apocalypse! had me a bit confused at the beginning. I have a hard time reading books where I'm the main character. I pushed through and died very quickly. That was fun. I started reading again and this time I made it a bit further before I was infected and died. I read through it a few more times until I finally got the story where I was a zombie throughout most of it. I figured out how the infection started and how it ended. Well, for me that is.
If you're into the type of books where you get to control the story, then this is the book for you. Just keep in mind, each time I read through the book I died. The writing and storyline was pretty good, some of the ideas were a bit of a stretch, but somewhat believable. I will have to give Zombie Apocalypse!, 4 Undead Heads out of 5.
The writing style and tone of the novel are light-hearted and deliberately evocative of the interactive books I remember so well. As a young teenager, I was an absolute fiend for those titles; I remember fondly the Time Machine series in which readers walked among dinosaurs and samurai warriors, the Choose Your Own Adventure books (I particularly liked one about a "supercomputer" that achieves artificial intelligence and befriends is owner), and the Zork fantasy "what-do-I-do-now" tales. At a time when "interactive" computer games were simply text on a screen, such books offered a truly immersive experience to the young reader.
Choose Your Doom: Zombie Apocalypse does this for adults, proving that both the genre itself and this particular offering hold up today despite two and a half decades of cultural and technological evolution. I was hooked from the first pages, immediately drawn into the events in a small town suddenly (and violently) beset by zombies. Also from the first pages, it is obvious this is not a book for children; noses are bitten off and skulls are broken open with grudging but self-aware glee by the book's characters.
One thing the novel does not do is take itself too seriously, nor should you expect it to be deep literature. The protagonist grasps the problem more or less from the outset (as do his buddies and girlfriend).Read more ›
1. Are the story bits good?
2. Are the decision points fair?
3. Do the resulting tales work?
Both of these element are important. The many-pathed tale has to actually read well (well enough that, if you give up trying to explore the branches and just read through it, it's still fun), and when you get to each branching point, you can't be furiously shouting that your obvious choice isn't even listed -- "I'm not going to run down the corridor, or hit them with the shovel -- I still have the shotgun I picked up three flips ago! Plus, what about that ladder I just passed?" Or, worse, "No, no way I'm going on there, I'm not that stupid, I'll just wait for my friends to catch up and -- wait, I can either go in carrying the gun or the shovel? Those are my only choices? What the -?"
The authors of "CYD: Zombie Apocalypse!" hit all three of these elements well. The writing is clean and witty but carries the story along, too. The story itself is more than a simple "Zombies!" survival tale -- the various settings, characters, and hints at the explanation for the zombie rising keep things moving along at a brisk and interesting pace. Until, of course, something eats your face, or infects and turns you ... at which point you furiously flip back a decision point or two, and try again.
The decision points are reasonable, and it's amazing how quickly you can go wrong doing the "right" thing when your very survival is on the line (I fear I will not last long during the Zombie Rising -- I have a tendency to run over and help people).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So many ways to die. This book reminds me of those choose your own adventures books I read as a kid, but much, much deadlier. Read morePublished on April 10, 2011 by LoveBooks
This novel is fun. That's all I have to say. Reading it is like watching half a dozen zombie movies except you don't have to put up with dumb as dirt protagonists making the... Read morePublished on January 20, 2011 by Math_Camel
This is an excellent book for burning 30-60 minutes on a lazy afternoon. I laugh aloud to myself every time I try my luck, which is ultimately unlucky. Read morePublished on January 18, 2011 by Brian
Zombie Apocalypse is a throwback to the Choose Your Own Adventure books I grew up with. Instead of simply reading the story, you are given choices at certain intervals that allow... Read morePublished on December 8, 2010 by M.T. Murphy
Mini-Review from The G.O.R.E. Score: When it's all said and done, the book is a fun read, and since it's currently the only one of its kind out there, you really can't get... Read morePublished on November 23, 2010 by Tony Schaab