Author: Alison Kemper
Release Date: 3/4/2014
Purchase Info: Amazon
Donna Pierce might hear voices, but that doesn’t mean she’s crazy. Probably.
The voices do serve their purpose, though—whenever Donna hears them, she knows she’s in danger. So when they start yelling at the top of their proverbial lungs, it’s no surprise she and her best friend, Deke, end up narrowly escaping a zombie horde. Alone without their families, they take refuge at their high school with the super-helpful nerds, the bossy class president, and—best of all?—Liam, hottie extraordinaire and Donna’s long-time crush. When Liam is around, it’s easy to forget about the moaning zombies, her dad’s plight to reach them, and how weird Deke is suddenly acting toward her.
But as the teens’ numbers dwindle and their escape plans fall apart, Donna has to listen to the secrets those voices in her head have been hiding. It seems not all the zombies are shuffling idiots, and the half-undead aren’t really down with kids like Donna…
There goes my zombie stereo type!
Have you ever gone into a book with preconceived notions about zombies and had them altered completely? Well that’s what Donna of the Dead did for me! Though I will never truly change from my automatic, “Every zombie is exactly like The Walking Dead”, scenario, but I was able to open my mind to a different type of zombie.
In Donna of the Dead the zombies very much reminded me of I Am Legend, they were crazed, light fearing savages. Having a zombie who doesn’t like the light is probably the one thing that made me slow down while reading this. It wasn’t; blood, guts, body part, repeat. It was more than that & I really appreciated having to take my time while reading.
With the main characters in this book there were things I loved about them, and then there were those moments when wanted to lock them out the high school and let them fend on their own! *cough, cough* Gretchen *cough, cough*
Donna of course was a great blend for me. She had wit, smarts and a little bit of kickass-ness without going over that post-apocalyptic badass line. You know, the one where the heroine obviously shouldn’t know how to use a sword that way without having some sort of Supernatural blood flowing through her veins…yeah. She’s just trying not to become zombie bait, while pining over the boys she’s liked forever. Is that so wrong?
Another thing that I loved was that the book started with Donna & Deke on a family cruise. It totally added a twist that made getting to shore safely a massive task within itself. Overcoming obstacles is probably one of my favorite parts of the book, this was a great one!
Now I must sit here and patiently wait for book #2, hurry up Alison, PLEASE!!