Despite its semi-gruesome title, this is a highly entertaining and often funny account of how screen addiction goes one step further in a small NZ town. The book is easy to read and has great Kiwi details that will be recognisable to every reader.
The main protagonist Seb is great, despite the fact that it is him that unleashes the apocalypse on his town. Caring for his little sister while trying to save the world makes for some entertaining moments. I especially enjoyed the bath in the blow-up paddling pool. There are a lot of young men who will recognise his fascination with online gaming. I did think one of his sidekicks – Thalia, the prettiest girl in school- was a bit of a cliché but she certainly holds her own in the mayhem of Seb’s apocalypse.
This is a book that a lot of boys would enjoy, as would many girls. The plot line is straight forward but has enough detail to keep it interesting. It is the sort of book I would recommend to my semi-reluctant readers in Yrs 9/10 – probably mainly the boys but some of the girls too. There are some good lessons to be had from it too especially regarding internet safety and screen time restrictions.
Title : Dawn of the Zombie Apocalypse
Author: Lee Murray
Publisher: IFWG Publishing Australia
ISBN: 13; 978-1-925956-10-8
Format: paperback (and also ebook)
Date of publication: October 2019
Ages: Years 7-10
Reviewer: Judith Hartstone, HOF English, James Cook High School, Auckland
How are you recommending this book? Highly recommended
Opening sentence: “I shovelled the last of my spag bol into my mouth as Jason’s phone buzzed.”
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