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Zombie-saurus Rex Paperback – March 1, 2015
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About the Author
Author Mark Souza has always been a storyteller, whether explaining who filched the ice cream, or what happened to the cat’s tail. He learned most of life’s lessons from the business end of a wooden spoon, and the rest from public schools spanning the breadth of North America, all of which were overjoyed to be rid of him. He became an author of short stories and novels in the horror, mystery, thriller, and young adult genres later in life, after time and a desk job had softened his edges, transforming him into the round, doughy shape Big-&-Not-So-Tall shops crave. Mark was the proud recipient of the 2013 Indie Reader Award for Best Science Fiction for his debut novel Robyn’s Egg. He now resides in Western Washington with his wife (also an author), two daughters, and their dog of questionable heritage, Tater. Visit his website; http://www.marksouza,com. There you’ll find a multitude of ways to make contact. Mark enjoys cordial correspondence and will write back. He’s always on the lookout for that next victim reader.
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I love the way the author used an extreme case, zombie-ism, to point out how badly we humans fail at acceptance a large part of the time. The author was spot-on with the behavior of the bullies in this story, whether they were fellow classmates of Rex's or military men. It's that whole dynamic of the human tendency to turn on and destroy anything we find to be different from ourselves. But I liked how some of the characters could change their minds and see things differently. Sometimes there is a scarcity of books where one gets to see the bully become more enlightened.
The characters I found to be very well-developed. Howie was funny, Rex endearing, Ariella brave, and Rex's mother, Celia, was all that a mother should be, caring for her son in a situation many might find too difficult to handle. All stayed true to form too and were believable. One thing I did wonder about was the state of Rex's body. He didn't seem to be deteriorating or rotting much and could be easily fixed. I wondered if the zombies remained frozen and just undead without decomposing further. It was fresh to see zombies who were just like other people as long as they were well-fed. It was an interesting twist.
As I said before, the book is very well-written and does a great job with exploring the reaction of humanity when faced with the unknown. It isn't meant to be a high action book (not all of them are) but does a great job, I think, of including just enough of that element without ruining the emotional impact of the book.
Highly entertaining and would love to see a sequel. There is a lot that could be done to continue the story. I give it 4.8 stars!
A YA hero or heroine should tackle important questions like who am I, who do I want to be—it’s often about making life-impacting choices. Themes that are paramount in high school such as being popular, not being popular, being loved, being smart, being pretty, being a nerd, being a bully, being poor, being rich, dealing with authority figures/adults, are front and center. Being a teenager is all about learning how to handle life situations that you will encounter, again and again, but never quite as, traumatically, as that very first time… Your first love, your first kiss, your first fight, your first best friend, first real enemy, and the first time that your trust is abused or rewarded…
Mark Souza’s Zombie-saurus Rex captures all of this and more. He presents an entertaining mash-up of Romeo and Juliet, Carrie, and every zombie movie ever filmed, then, spins all our plot and character assumptions around, giving us a fun, thrilling, joy-ride of a novel.
Rex Morton is the new kid at his high school. He was unfortunate enough to become infected with the Z-virus, which, while it is still fatal--you are dead--it is manageable, in that periodic servings of calf brains will keep you from munching on human brains. Like any contagious terminal condition, there is fear of the unknown, which is not assisted by looking different. This has resulted in several relocations and several new high schools, a routine that is beginning to wear on Rex. Being a teenager isn’t easy. Being a teenage zombie, well, you can imagine the challenges.
A scene that captures how well Souza’s novel explores YA themes is seen in Rex’s interaction with a school bully, who taunts him with the name ‘Zombie-saurus Rex.’ Rex keeps his cool and is able to turn the situation around, so that the bully is now in his debt (read the scene in the free sample posted on Amazon).
The heroine is Ariella Klopenstein, a girl who is already bucking the accepted social norms by wearing all black. She befriends this strange new boy, because, like him, she’s an outsider and can sympathize with his situation. Her role in this tale is as important as Rex’s as her courage inspires others and she goes from being a misfit to a leader of her peer group.
The novel provides the reader all the classic elements of a YA novel, the first romance, the epic football game, the rebellion against authority and ends with an outstanding homecoming dance, but these scenes are tweaked with the unexpected originality and sense of humor that only Souza can supply. Zombie fans will enjoy another take on the mythology of zombies without breaking the boundaries of content that is still suitable for young adults. It made me recall such classic 1980’s teenage films as ‘Breakfast Club,’ ‘Footloose’ and ‘Valley Girl.’ Don’t hesitate—buy this novel for yourself and any young adults in your life!
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Zombie-saurus Rex was a really cool zombie story. Full of originality and fun, I cared about Rex.Read more