Heroes and Villains

Tina from the publishers Chicken House sent me a copy of Undead and Unfed by Kirsty McKay to help celebrate Book Week 2012. I reviewed Undead on this blog in October last year and had no idea the sequel was due out. Unfed picks up the story a few weeks on from Bobby’s ordeal in the Scottish Highlands.

The zombies have reached the cities – Edinburgh is overrun. My colleagues from Glasgow did say, “No change there then” but I chose to ignore them as I know which city is better.

If you enjoyed the first – and I bet you think twice now about going on school trips and drinking veggie juice – then feast on this!

Check out the Chicken House website.

Publishers Weekly called Super Human by Michael Carroll a “novel-length superhero comic without illustrations” and that’s a pretty good description.

A mysterious sickness which only affects adults (that sounds familiar) has spread at an alarming rate across the whole world. Before long it becomes clear that the illness has been spread deliberately by a mysterious sect intent on bringing back the Fifth King, the first ever superhuman, to rule over the world. All that stands in their way is a handful of superhuman teenagers and Lance McKendrick who has no superpowers as such but can talk his way out of any situation – well, almost any situation.

In Metawars by Jeff Norton the real world is a bleak place which is why most people spend most of their time in the virtual world called the Metasphere.

However, the Metasphere itself is threatened by terrorists, the same terrorists who killed Jonah’s father.

When Jonah assumes his father’s avatar and is mistaken for him, he finds himself on the run in both the real and the virtual world. Jonah must quickly work out who to trust if he is to survive and learn the truth behind his father’s death.

A future real and cyber world collide in a fast-paced action adventure.

My favourite book for September was Earth Girl by Janet Edwards. Jarra who tells the story is Handicapped, an ape. She is forced to live all of her life on Earth because a flaw in her immune system means that she cannot use the interstellar portals that allow Norms (or exos) to travel from planet to planet.

Determined to prove herself as good as any exo, she enrols on a Pre-history Foundation course with an off-world university. (Pre-history refers to the period of human history before portal technology led to Earth being all but abandoned.)

New York City, ruined and dangerous, is now a huge archaeological dig site where the historians brave the crumbling ruins of the skyscrapers to unearth fragments of Earth’s history.

Jarra has to create a false past for herself so that she can pass herself as a Norm but she hadn’t planned on being made to confront her own prejudices – especially when she grows to like the other students on the course.

Finally, I’ve been recommending Darren Shan as an author ever since I read Cirque Du Freak (book 1 in The Saga of Darren Shan). When the publishers Simon and Schuster (thank you again) sent me some posters for Zom-B by Darren Shan for Book Week I went straight on to Amazon to find out more about the book only to find it wasn’t due out until last week.

The first book in a series of 12, it certainly hurtles along at great speed. I do not intend to give any spoilers except to say that B is a very interesting central character and the zombies are not the only monsters in B’s life.

Anyone who has ever been in one of my classes will no doubt laugh when they read the ending – you’ll see why!

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