BOOKS: ‘Zom-B’ by Darren Shan on shelves October 16

The master of teen horror and international bestseller, Darren Shan, is back with a bang. ‘ZOM-B’ is a twelve book series about B. Smith, a teenager who must struggle to find a place in a world of racism, zombies, and darkness.

When news reports start appearing of a zombie outbreak in Ireland, B’s racist father thinks it’s a joke. B doesn’t fully buy into Dad’s racism, but figures it’s easier to go along with it than to risk the fights and abuse that will surely follow sticking up for Muslims, blacks, or immigrants. And when dodging his fists doesn’t work, B doesn’t hesitate to take the piss out of kids at school with a few slaps or cruel remarks. That is, until zombies attack. B is forced on a mad dash through the serpentine corridors of high school, making allegiances with anyone with enough gall to fight off their pursuers.

Each installment in the twelve-book series will confront challenging issues of racism, the politics of fear and survivalism, martial law, religion, and more as B. navigates the initial attack and the consequences it brings.

Darren Shan is the New York Times bestselling author of Cirque Du Freak, The Demonata, and the Saga of Larten Crepsley series. He lives in Ireland.

The first installment, ‘ZOM-B’, will go on sale October 16.

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