Saturday, January 6, 2018

"State of Emergency" by Mary Hallberg!

Hiya guys and dolls! New review today, perfect for zombie and horror fans! It's a fairly new release, but seems to be a fan favorite already! Check it out, and let me know what you think in the comments below!

State of Emergency

 State of Emergency
~Author: Mary Hallberg

~Released: September 26th 2017

~Length: 158 Pages

~Genres: Horror, Suspense, Young Adult

17-year-old Dallas Langdon is fighting off zombies with a pizza cutter.

Dallas has always loved zombie movies. But when she catches a real live (erm, dead) musician eating a man’s intestines backstage after the show, she knows her movies have become a reality. And what do characters in zombie movies do? Seek shelter. Fortunately, Dallas's eccentric uncle owns a farmhouse in Chattanooga, an eight hour drive from New Orleans. It’s on top of a steep mountain, surrounded by electric fences, and cut off from the worlds of the living and the dead.

Dallas’s parents, still safe at home, laugh at her idea over the phone. Her friends only agree to join her because it’s fall break and they could use a mini vacation anyway.

But then Dallas’s best friend is killed by a zombie horde when they’re attracted to her ringing cell phone. Civilians think their reanimated loved ones simply have the flu, leaving them alive (well, undead) and rapidly increasing the zombies ranks. And since minors can’t buy guns, Dallas’s only weapon is a giant industrial pizza cutter she swipes from a gas station. George A. Romero never mentioned anything like this. With one friend dead and no zombie survival guides to help her, Dallas and her friends must get to Chattanooga before joining the ranks of the undead themselves.

So much changed in so little time.

Fans of zombie films and novels will be some of the best prepared citizens of the world, should a true zombie situation ever occur. In this novel, that's exactly what happens for Dallas, a lover of all things horror, especially zombies. She sees the signs early, and while no one believes her at first, she is determined to make sure she and her friends are safe, before things get really bad.

This novel is quick paced, making it an easy afternoon read. Filled with adventure, modern culture references and stereotypes, and humor, there isn't much to stumble on. Set up as days, this story only covers a week - what a week that was. In a matter of days, the future goes from mundane and ordinary, to the stuff of nightmares, complete with the death of a close friend.

I loved the fact this book ended well, and gave room for hope, in an otherwise grim situation. It seems set up to have a sequel follow easily, although it isn't a cliffhanger at all, and would be a solid sand-alone read. I am thankful to the author for the chance to have read it, and would recommend it to any zombie fan.

*I was given a complimentary eCopy of this book, from the author, to read in exchange for an honest review.

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