Thursday, February 10, 2011

Can You Survive The Zombie Apocalypse? by Max Brallier

Plot Sketch:  This is a choose-your-own-adventure style book for adults wherein you are a 25-year old male professional working in Manhattan when all of the sudden Mount Sinai is all of the sudden bursting with flesh-eating, blood-spurting zombies and now you get to make choices in the reading to see where they take you.

Verdict:  This book is going to be fantastic for later-teens and adults who males.  But since it's true to its second-person narration - the only style that really works for this type of a novel - and I was a girl, trying to put myself into a male's head, it didn't really work so well for me.  I think the hardest part for me was the parts where I was supposedly getting mild erections.  Not really something I can relate to, seriously.  The other thing I would caution with this one is that there is a lot of strong very strong language.  You know going into it that because it's a zombie novel it's going to have violence, and you expect some of the language, but at least on the path that I took (that left me dying because I chose to fight zombies with a toy machine gun) it was excessive - for me.  If that's not going to bother you, then you're going to have a lot of fun with this one - especially if you're a guy!  My younger bro was here while I was reading it, so I read some of it aloud to him and he's all over it and wants it the second I'm done writing this review - so that tells you something, right?  What I would have loved to have seen was an initial choice of gender in the book.  Do you want to read it as a female character or as a male one?  Most of the pages could have overlapped, because there wasn't anything gender-specific, but it would have made me feel less alienated as a reader.

Location: Manhattan
Favorite Character: Well, on my particular path, I'd have to say that I was my favorite character, by far.  I made really stupid choices, yet it took me like 4 really dumb ones to finally die.  I rock like that.
Would Change: Girl POV option
Favorite Line:  n/a
Good for Monster? I'm not sure.  On one hand, I think he might like it, and on the other, I think he might think it's stupid.  But that's just my Monster.  17+ males are gonna be all over this one!
People Who Will Like This: 17+ males, Santa Claus, John Wayne, Elizabeth Bennett from Pride & Prejudice & Zombies
People Who Won't Like This: the female YA crowd (well, most of them), Elizabeth Bennett from Pride & Prejudice, Dalai Lama
Chapters: n/a
Author's Website
Acquire It:   Amazon    Book Depository    Changing Hands

Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Gallery
Publish Date: February 8, 2011
ISBN-10: 145160775X

The It's Not What You Read It's Where You Read It Challenge:
Twist Your House / Place of Commerce / Move / Nature / You Don't Call Home / Probably Shouldn't / In Pairs
I read this one for 25 minutes at the kitchen counter.  I hadn't read there yet, and it's not really a place I like to sit and read because it's not exactly comfy.  So that leaves me with 5 minutes left to read somewhere before I finish the first category in the challenge, Twist Your House. Heidenkind has finished that category - so check out her YouTube vid proving it.   I also read it for ten minutes to my little brother, while I was sitting on the couch, but I don't think that counts for anything since he wasn't reading, and yeah. 

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