Release Date: August 26, 2014
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
"Welcome To Zomburbia."
My name is Courtney Hart, and I'm here to tell you about things that suck. Being born in a podunk town like Salem, Oregon, for one. Living in a world infested with zombies? That, too. And the meat heads I go to school with? I think I'd actually take the undead over them most days. But I have a plan to get out of here and move to New York. I just have to keep selling Vitamin Z along with your fries at The Bully Burger. The secret ingredient? Zombie brains.
I've noticed things are getting even worse lately, if that's even possible. The zombies seem to be getting smarter and faster. If I can avoid being arrested, eaten by shufflers, or catching the eye of some stupid boy, I should be able to make it through finals week still breathing...
Just a disclaimer, I DISLIKE tagging and writing DNF posts for obvious reasons but there are instances where I feel compelled to explain why I'm rating the book as such. And this is how I feel regarding Adam J. Gallardo's ZOMBURBIA.
First of all, ZOMBURBIA is my first ever zombie book. After watching The Walking Dead and enjoying the blood, gore, and decay of these undead, I felt like I'm finally ready to read books about them. Alas things didn't pan out that way here. I stopped at 40% and continued to skim until the end for the sake of closure.
It's not all bad though, I love the idea behind ZOMBURBIA. The zombie apocalypse happened a long time ago, it was bad but people managed to survive, adapt, and rebuild. There are still walkers loitering around and the world is still not a safe place but the uninfected, like Courtney Hart, placed systems to keep them out and the remaining healthy populace safe. I imagined things to be similar to Warm Bodies minus the humor and likable characters. Another interesting twist is the healthy people found a new drug in zombie brains and Courtney is a dealer, selling this disgusting drug on the d/l so she can save enough money to move out, live in a different city, and go to college to pursue her dreams of becoming a doctor and finding a cure for the disease.
What didn't work for me is Courtney Hart herself. As the story is told in her POV and she's basically driving the story, it was difficult to be objective and focus on the plot per se. Here's why Courtney and I didn't get along: SHE ANNOYED THE BEJEEZUS OUT OF ME. At first I was loving Courtney's sarcasm, snark is my favorite characteristic in a heroine and Courtney has an abundance of that. But as the story kept moving along, she quickly crossed the line from cute to bratty, condescending, and ungrateful. Even her friends are complaining about her attitude and how she takes them for granted and makes them feel like they're beneath her.
One thing you should know about Courtney is she's not one of the popular kids, she's one of the "outcasts" and takes pride in being one. Until she caught the eye of one of the jocks, Brandon Ikaros, then things turned for the worst for her friends. Slowly but surely, Courtney was sucked in to the clique she allegedly despises, blowing off her friends so she can hang with Brandon, lying to them about things, etc. What grated on my nerves even more is after committing offenses that betrayed their friendship, and Coutney's clearly in the wrong, she refused to apologize which annoyed me even more. I mean I've met a LOT of snarky heroines but their redeeming quality lie in that they are kindhearted and are wise enough to know what matters and what doesn't. Courtney didn't demonstrate any redeeming qualities in the first half of the book, the redemption happened after she lost her friends because of her selfishness.
Of course I'm just one reader so DON'T TAKE MY WORD FOR IT! I'm sure your experience will be different from mine and you'll probably end up loving ZOMBURBIA. So please, read it and let me know what you think.