Friday, October 17, 2014

Zom-B Circus

Title: Zom-B Circus
Author: Darren Shan
Series: Zom-B, Book 7.5
Number of Pages: 70
Date Read: 10/17/14
Genre: Zombies, Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic, Horror

Synopsis (Found on

Cat Ward believes that the world punishes the weak. As a high school teacher, she has witnessed the way people exploit every vulnerability, which is why she steels herself against her class of indifferent, disruptive students-none more despicable than B Smith. Cat's philosophy is put to the test when zombies overtake the school and the rest of London, and she must do whatever it takes to survive. But her decisions may come back to haunt when Cat encounters a nightmarish mutant clown named Mr. Dowling and the terrors that await beneath his circus big top

My Review:

This was a creepy short novella in the Zom-B series by Darren Shan. There is no B Smith in this book except at the very beginning. This story focuses on one of the teachers in the school, Cat Ward. The story starts out with her teaching a class and we get a bit of background on her. Then the story moves into how Cat escaped from the school the day the zombies attacked and how she survived all those weeks. Then she gets lured by Mr. Dowling and his mutants to his circus tent where the story gets more gory and gruesome. 

Cat is a horrible person. To escape the zombies she throws her students to the zombies so she can run away. Not only that but she also knocks a few down to daze them so the zombies will eat them and she can stay ahead of the zombies. She also did this when she was out in the world. Whenever she met someone and zombies attacked she threw other people to the zombies so she can escape. She was brutal and ruthless. I get that people want to do anything to survive but come on. And the worst part was that she wasn't sorry and she didn't feel guilty for killing those people. She basically felt like those people should die if they aren't quick on their feet to throw someone else in front of them. She said she also gave false directions/information to other groups of people to lead them to zombie infested areas of London. A full zombie is one less she has to worry about. I hate her and had no sympathy for her. I was wishing her death throughout the whole story. 

The mutants were nasty as usual and Mr. Dowling was so creepy. That clown really creeps me out whenever he makes appearances in the books. His description is the stuff of nightmares. 

This story doesn't have any real ties to the series except to show Mr.Dowling's interest in B. But it was still and entertaining read.


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