December 12, 2011

How to Kill a Zombie • Super Zombie Juice Mega Bomb

Super Zombie Juice Mega Bomb book cover
Super Zombie Juice Mega Bomb by M.J.A. Ware
Publisher: Self-published
Publication Date: September 5, 2011
Source/Format: Author (Thanks!) || e-book
[I received this book from the author. This in no way affects my review.]

After a failed attempt at running away, best friends Nathan and Misty return home expecting to face angry parents. Instead, they discover the military has destroyed the bridges out of their rural town and everyone's fled--except a small horde of the living dead. 

Even with the help of the town geek and lemonade-powered Super-Soakers, there's not enough time to squeeze their way out of this sticky mess. Unless the trio eradicates the zombie infestation, while avoiding the deadly zombie snot, the military will blow the town, and them, to pulp. Their only shot is something with a lot more punch. Something like the Super Zombie Juice Mega Bomb. But even if their friendship survives, there's another problem: Someone has to lure the undead into the trap.

The first thought that comes to mind when I think of Super Zombie Juice Mega Bomb is that it is insane. I mean this, of course, in a good way - the book is so insane that I don't know exactly how to think or feel about it, though I will try to express myself properly in this review.

When the author contacted me about reviewing the book, he sent me a sample chapter and I was immediately hooked by the writing style. There's a nice flow and rhythm to the words, plus an air of sarcasm and subtle wit about the characters and their dialogue. This method of telling the story carried on throughout the entire novel, which definitely catered to my personal taste for irony, sarcasm and wittiness.

I thought that the premise of Super Zombie Juice Mega Bomb was familiar, what with the whole puny band of humans versus an immeasurable number of zombies in an abandoned town (and you better believe it reminded me of Zombieland!). But what cracked me up was the fact that lemonade neutralized the zombie threat. There's interesting logic behind this in the novel, but the idea of squirting lemonade at zombies to get rid of them just amused me to no end (and at least now, I have that to fall back on should a zombie invasion occur).

The characters were interesting in their own way, though I didn't particular care for either Nathan or Misty. I felt like they could have been better developed on the whole, though we do learn a lot about them through their attempts to neutralize the zombie threat.

Overall, Super Zombie Juice Mega Bomb was a quick, funny read, filled with hilarious moments, underlying sarcasm and the thrill of reading about an incredibly extreme situation. It's definitely one entertaining read!


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