June’s Blerd Book Club of the month was Everything I Know About Zombies, I learned in Kindergarten by Kevin Wayne Williams.
Recommend: Yes! The beginning was a bit rushed, which made it hard to relate to the characters, and in some cases it was hard to believe the character actions. However, the middle and the end more than made up for the rushed start.
Diversity: 5 for the broad spectrum of races and the age of the kids. There was also an older lady around 60 who showed up later.
Story: 5 I’m always tempted to take off points for zombies, but damn. A good book is a good book, and this was less about zombies and more about survival.
Lawd, This book was crazy.
My son saw this on my kindle and wanted to read it, but I told him he had to finish his other book first. I’m happy I said no because this was book would have given him nightmares. It’s definitely not for children or for the squeamish. It involves children in a zombie apocalypse, so I don’t think I’m giving too much away when I say kids die in this book. Still, I was surprised (and a bit mad) when it happened.
I wasn’t too impressed with the beginning, but it was a decent set up for the rest of the book, which was exceptionally good. I loved it, despite all of the bad things happening. Usually, a book starts out good and fizzles in the middle, so I shouldn’t complain too much about the beginning in this book.
Leticia, the heroine in Zombies, has been added to the list of bad-ass female heroines that can rock a zombie apocalypse. She successfully led a class full of kindergartners through the apocalypse by using her wit. I also related to Leticia character because she had a speech impediment. I was in speech and remedial classes as a kid (But Suck it stupid teachers because I’m an engineer now. Boom in your face. Remedial classes my arse.) Leticia is also called emotionless (and calculating and dangerous) by the adults she encounters later, and I’ve also been told that I was emotionless (and too literal). Seriously, my husband will prod me into arguments just so he can see me react “emotionally” to something. So yeah, me and Leticia are on the same spectrum.
If you would have told me I would have read four zombie books, I would have laughed in your face, but a good book is a good book, despite zombies. And of course, I cried twice. Damn. I’m such a sucker.
The author will be doing an interview with the Blerd Book Club on Sunday at 3pm on Twitter Via Google Hangouts. Y’all should come hang out.
The book is currently $2.99. Well worth the price to be impressed and grossed out.