Wednesday, October 26, 2011

ARC Review: ZOMBIE TAG

The Book: ZOMBIE TAG
The Author: Hannah Moskowitz
The Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
The Genre: Middle Grade
Expected Release Date: December 20, 2011 (perfect addition to the old holiday shopping list. I'm just saying)

Summary: (as taken from Amazon)
Wil is desperate for his older brother to come back from the dead. But the thing about zombies is . . they don’t exactly make the best siblings.

Thirteen-year-old Wil Lowenstein copes with his brother’s death by focusing on Zombie Tag, a mafia/
capture the flag hybrid game where he and his friends fight off brain-eating zombies with their mothers’ spatulas. What Wil doesn’t tell anybody is that if he could bring his dead brother back as a zombie, he would in a heartbeat. But when Wil finds a way to summon all the dead within five miles, he’s surprised to discover that his back-from-the-dead brother is emotionless and distant.

My Thoughts:
I have to say that lately, I've fallen in love with MG, and with ZOMBIE TAG, I've fallen hard.  This book has everything you want in a good story.  There's the lovable, slightly damaged main character, the family ravaged by tragedy, the friends who want to help, those who the MC betrayed. 

And, of course, there are zombies. 

Wil is the kind of main character you want to get behind.  He idolized his brother, and hasn't quite been the same since Graham's untimely death.  He'd give anything to bring him back, but everyone knows that zombies are no more.  The last time they walked the earth was close to thirty years ago, and after they all abruptly died the second time, none have come back.  They're gone.  It's a fact, one that Wil wishes wasn't true, because how great would it be to see his brother again? 

Then, his family would be whole again.  They'd be normal, real people, and not the broken, hollowed-out shells they've all become.  So, when Wil learns that the one instrument capable of raising the dead is within reach, he jumps at the chance.  All he has to do is steal it...from his best friend's dad.

The dead rise, and Graham comes home. One problem: While Graham may not have turned into the mindless, flesh-starved undead creature everyone expects, he's also not the brother Wil knew.

So, get your spatula's ready, kids, for the ultimate undead fighting game out there, ZOMBIE TAG.  Can you make it out alive?