Book Review: ZOM-B GLADIATOR

PrintE-mail Written by Scott Varnham

Zom-B Gladiator Review

Review: ZOM-B Gladiator / Author: Darren Shan / Publisher: Simon & Schuster / Release Date: Out Now

Pretty much everything you need to know about Zom-B Gladiator is in the name, which conjures up images of fighting your own kind while depraved individuals watch and bay for blood. B faces this situation in this, the midpoint of the ZOM-B series. It’s just a shame that it takes half the book to get there.

Fortunately, one thing that makes this easier to deal with is that B is starting to become likeable and it’s about bloody time. Especially when one considers that likeable characters are in short supply in this volume; it’s difficult to root for The Board but only because they feel like caricatures for the reader to get angry at. Scads of money? Check. Child murderer? Check.

Of course, telegraphed plot twists (which always make it hard to invest anything in the ongoing story) mean that it comes as no surprise to the reader that at least one of them escapes. We’re sure that they will menace B in some capacity in a future book.

The bottom line is that if you’re outside of the book’s target audience, you are a lot more likely to notice the cracks in the storytelling. We’re sure that 9-12s will love the superficial aspects such as the zombie killings and the mayhem, but anyone older than that won’t really take a lot away from the book. It’s telling that when each new book arrives in the Starburst mailbox, we’ve forgotten everything that came before even though there’s only about three months between books. Shouldn’t a book, no matter what its target audience is, leave some kind of impact?



Suggested Articles:
From the author of the Revelation Space series comes a tale of interstellar war from the perspective
This Young Monster explores the world of some of modern culture's most beloved monsters, taking a lo
In case you hadn’t realised, it’s 70 years since the death of HG Wells, which means (in the UK a
Macmillan Collector’s Library now gives us the complete and unabridged edition of this classic mil
scroll back to top

Add comment

Security code
Refresh

Other articles in Book Reviews

SLOW BULLETS 18 February 2017

THE NINTH RAIN 14 February 2017

THIS YOUNG MONSTER 14 February 2017

THE TIME MACHINE 13 February 2017

THE WAR OF THE WORLDS 12 February 2017

HEARTLESS 10 February 2017

WINTER OF THE GODS 09 February 2017

EYES LIKE MINE 09 February 2017

THE ART OF THE BOSS BABY 08 February 2017

UFO FAQ: ALL THAT’S LEFT TO KNOW ABOUT ROSWELL, ALIENS, WHIRLING DISCS AND FLYING SAUCERS 06 February 2017

- Entire Category -

Sign up today!
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner