I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.All Togther Now by Robert Kent
Published by Middle Grade Ninja Press on September 2013
Genres: Horror, Young Adult
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Yea though we perish, yea though we die, we'll all be together in the sweet by and by...
Fifteen-year-old Ricky Genero is writing a journal of the zombie apocalypse. His high school has burned to the ground, his friends are all either dead or shambling corpses roaming the earth in search of human flesh, and his best friend died saving his six-year-old brother Chuck from a zombie horde. When Chuck is bitten and infected with the zombie virus, Ricky must travel among the walking dead in search of a cure.
This YOUNG ADULT novel is mean and nasty and intended for a mature audience. It is absolutely not appropriate for younger readers. All Together Now: A Zombie Story is a gruesome, repugnant tale featuring horrific acts of violence sure to warp young minds.
They moaned in unison, the sound of each harmonizing with the moans of the others so I couldn't tell if the moans were coming from three zombies, or five, or ten. All I knew for sure is they were on the other side of the door.
At first I thought it was the sound of a gun, but then it happened again, just above me.
"Sh—" Michelle slapped a hand to Levi's mouth before he could say more.
A corpse's palm smacked against the window glass, fell away, and smacked again.
A second hand smacked the glass, closer to the entrance. Then a third hand started on the other side of the door, so all three hands were smacking in unison.
Michelle bit the fingers on her left hand, but in her right hand our one gun was trained on the glass.
I tightened my grip on my bat.
WHAM!!! WHAM!!! WHAM!!! WHAM!!!
The glass wavered, rippling with each smack, but didn't break.
WHAM!!! WHAM!!! WHAM!!! WHAM!!!
As my family looks on and just shakes their head, I was reading this, on Christmas Day. I have to say it was a fabulous read and especially when everyone else was tired and I wasn’t quite ready for my nap!
So… the upsides! This definitely has some horrific parts in it! It has guts everywhere, zombies eating everything they can get their hands and teeth on, and the blood just doesn’t stop gushing.
The characters were also quite fun. I really enjoyed reading about their plight and the fact that this is all in a journal so of course I was never sure how it was going to end. Ricky surprisingly lives through a lot of disaster at the beginning when all hell is breaking loose. But it seems that it just continues throughout the story, although, Robert Kent does a great job of balancing the drama with some slow moments.
How about a baseball chapter? Raise your hand if you think it’s a good idea.
The plot was very interesting and I have to say, my favorite was the ending! I just loved how this ended! It’s not your normal ok everyone is going to live out the zombie apocalypse now, NOPE! Totally fantastic ending that I honestly didn’t see coming.
The downside is that this goes back and forth between times. Ricky shows what has happened prior to the zombie invasion and sometimes that can get very confusing. I always got it together after a few sentences but it can be confusing when it’s right at a chapter that is seriously intense and I’m waiting to see what happens just to be taken back when there isn’t even any zombies! But there were times when I had to just laugh out loud…
Thank you Molly Hale and sluts everywhere for your years of public service.
But even with that, the story line is seriously fun, really easy to read, and the characters were easy to cheer for. And there are some fabulous one liners in this, seriously… for a zombie book I think I laughed much more than I cringed! Well, maybe a bit, maybe not more…
Dad motioned behind us to where the police officer dove his head into the guts of the collapsed manager as though he were feeding at a trough. “The law’s busy.”
And my all time fav; when stories actually have something to say that makes you think!
Wherever you are, if you have family or friends, love them. If you’ve got food, enjoy it. If you’re alive, live.