Zombie City

Dead City by James Ponti


First Look:

Perfect for the book: city setting, zombie hands, dynamic junior high girl in fighting stance.

Jacket Copy:

The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins says this paranormal action-adventure “breathes new life into the zombie genre” and has “a terrific twist of an ending.”Most kids have enough to deal with between school, homework, extracurricular activities, and friends, but Molly Bigelow has something else on her list: hunting zombies. By day, Molly attends MIST—the Metropolitan Institute of Science and Technology—but outside the classroom she’s busy dealing with the undead. Because not only do zombies exist, they’re everywhere, and it’s her job to help police them and keep the peace. Sure, she’d like to be a regular kid, but given that her mother was the most revered (or feared, depending on your perspective) zombie hunter in the history of New York City, “regular” just isn’t possible. Molly’s got some legendary footsteps to follow—and some undeadly consequences if she fails.


Yes. Sequel is due out in October.

Worth Reading?


It was fun.  I’m certainly not going to put it on my “best-ever” list, but I liked it.

Notable Things:


Zombies!  There are different kinds of zombies in Molly’s world–and it may make the difference between just nodding and walking away, or staying to fight for her life!


Great mom!  Even though Molly’s mom is seen in retrospect, she was clearly pretty awesome, and Molly’s hero.


Determined heroine!  Molly is super motivated and determined to do what needs to be done.


I thought that Molly was an engaging heroine, and I wanted her to reach her goal of becoming a full-fledged zombie hunter.  It was an entertaining read, but maybe it’s just that it was unexpectedly a series debut (yes, another one of those) that made me have a little bit of a bad attitude about it.  I can’t really point to another thing that was bad, except for that surprise.  And not that I think the worldbuilding doesn’t allow for sequels–it totally does!–but I also think it would have been okay as a standalone.  And some books need to be standalones, dammit!



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