So here’s the thing: I am not overly fond
of zombie books. Generally I find them mildly boring and/or vaguely
gross. This book however has me reconsidering my position on this undead
Molly is still recovering from her
encounter with Marek Blackwell, the Dead City’s mayor. While her broken
wrist is healing up nicely, Molly is still mentally reeling. The
discovery that her mother is a zombie is a lot to process. The more
pressing problem at the moment is the fact her Omega team (an Omega team
is made up of students from the Metropolitan Institute of Science and
Technology, who know zombies exist and are a sort of police force to
keep them in line and at peace with the living world) is on suspension
due to their unauthorized zombie hunting activities, ie Marek Blackwell.
Their reinstatement looks very shaky, and it isn’t until they are
invited to the Baker’s Dozen that things start to turn around.
What’s the Baker’s Dozen? Well, Molly and
her team have to figure it out fast, because Manhattan’s zombies have a
plan, Operation Blue Moon. A plan to consolidate their power in both
living and dead communities, plus a large dollop of revenge thrown in
for spice. It is up to Molly and her team to figure out who, what, when,
where, and how to stop this Operation, before it is too late.
This is a seriously fun read. James Ponti
does a great job in balancing all the plot lines within this book, each
one enhancing and adding to the other --- While never becoming jumbled
or garbling the story with irrelevant material. In doing so, the book
never drags, and you have to pay serious attention to each page, so you
don’t miss any pertinent information.
Plus the Molly and the Omega team are
really clever in how they uncover the zombies’ plans. Using resources
readily available to anyone, it makes their discoveries much more
plausible. Plus while they are all a bit above average in their
reasoning skills (and smarts) none of them are super geniuses. They have
to work together as a team to figure out a solution to the puzzles and
plots. Add the fact that each person in the book has their own flaws and
talents, this makes for great reading!
While this is a zombie book, and does
have the obligatory fight scenes and dismembered body parts, here again
Ponti does a great job in being graphic (to a point) without being full
out disgusting. Even these scenes hold important information needed to
further the plot along.
This is a zombie mystery filled with
clues, iffy allies and shady motives. I am highly recommending this book
to any female (or open minded male reader, as there are a number of
great guys in this book) reader age 9+ looking for a good urban
fantasy/zombie book. I would suggest you start with the first book in
the series, Dead City, as this second book relies heavily on knowledge from it. I would highly recommend this series