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Cruise of the Undead Paperback – July 17, 2012
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About the Author
Laura A. Hansen is a cancer biologist, professor, and educator. She has been a professional writer throughout her adult life, although primarily as a scientific and technical writer. Cruise of the Undead, published in 2012, was her first young adult novel and will be followed by other books in the Zombies in Paradise series. Laura Hansen is the mother of two boys, who provided the inspiration for Cruise of the Undead. She started writing fiction when she wanted to capture the spirit of her kids in that brief and turbulent time between childhood and adulthood – their tween and teen years. The main characters in Cruise of the Undead draw heavily from the personalities of her sons, and various plot elements were inspired by experiences on happy, but zombie-free, family cruises. More information can be found at LauraAHansen.com, by contacting her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Goodreads.com.
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I'm guilty. I rarely read much less agree to review author's self-published novels. Generally because the books I promote are ones that I want my librarian/teacher friends to pick up and in order for them to spend school funds on a book, there has to be some buzz around the title. Well...buzz!
Cruise of the Undead was middle grade friendly, romantic enough to be interesting, and fast-paced enough to keep me up late to finish in one sitting. And I plan to pick up the second one!
Here are my thoughts on Cruise of the Undead:
*Charlie is a old soul in a fifteen-year-old's body. He was flawed and impatient but he was a self-sufficient go-getter that got things done!
*Favorite scene: Check out this kid as he locks his parents in their room on the ship. I'm talking NAILS THE DOOR SHUT. What teenager hasn't wanted to do this at one time or another?
*Jack, Charlie's younger brother, is witty and hilarious and having a little brother of my own I could totally relate Charlie feeling like Jack was always right under his feet.
*Having been on a cruise, this was a relevant depiction (thankfully minus the zombies). It was ALL about the food, and I, like Charlie, found myself a little nauseated most of the time.
*Zombies weren't overdone, making them believable enough to be creepy.
*Romance was clean enough for sixth graders but tense enough to keep high school readers intrigued.
*A few action sequences near the end left me feeling like I missed something.
*A toddler rescued by Charlie's love interest Savannah was mentioned once and then never again which was odd.
*Charlie learning to deal with his impatient "I don't have time for this" attitude made for a well-rounded novel.
*The ending didn't leave me dying for more but I will pick up the second one.
*I can't say it enough, THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH current YAs with male protags. Yay for adding this one to the genre!
*GREAT read for Halloween and perfect for grades 6-9.
* I only found 1 typo, I found many more than that in traditionally published novels!
Overall, Ms. Hansen has defied the stereotypes of the self-published novel. She sent this one to me for review and as I mentioned, I read it in one sitting. I have a toddler so this means sacrificing sleep = must have been pretty entertaining! A MUST READ for middle grade teachers looking to add unique zombie novel with male perspective!
I feel like Laura A. Hansen hit the nail on the head with these characters. Charlie was way too cool to be on a cruise with his parents and younger brother, I mean he is 15. Jack, his younger brother was still young enough to play with other kids on the ship, leading Charlie to be even moodier because he had no one to hang out with. That was until he spotted Savannah, the only other teenager. Did I mention she was a girl. Probably a hot little thing. They are grouped together and became quite the little zombie hunting team saving the adults from certain death.
I can't wait to read the second book in the series and see where they end up next. I hope that the same characters are in the next one. I would recommend this book for younger Ya readers, 15 and under, due to some of the simplicity of the story.
Thanks Laura A Hansen for the great read and a trophy book for the collection!!
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