Zom-B Mission by Darren Shan

12 07 2014

It has been a few months since B’s encounter on the HMS Belfast and the Board and she is losing patience and becoming bored. After the death of her artist friend Jonathan from the hordes of London’s undead, B took on the task of keeping his artwork safe and sorting them out. But she wants more from her role as an Angel. She often wonders if there is more or is Dr. Oystein trusting enough of her to give her more of a role.

During a soccer match between herself and fellow Angels, suddenly herself and her fellow room mates are called on for their first Angel mission. To escort some humans to a compound or a community for the living.

The mission and travelling through the treacherous streets of London seems to go off smoothly but soon they meet up with some more survivors in Hammersmith looking to make their way to the compound as well. As well as B meeting up with an old friend and her first interaction with someone from her past life.

Travelling to the compound, the group encounters what other dangers could be out there apart from zombies. Like wildlife.

When they finally arrive to the compound, they are welcomed with caution but allowed to be given a tour. While being walked around they encounter racist and bigoted people, bring B back to the days of her abusive father. The Angels are also told that the people in the compound are not the only ones out there, that there are bigoted people out there, waiting for their revolution and re-build the world to suit their ways.

The Angels mission suddenly turns into a rescue mission. One that is extremely personal for B and could open up old mental wounds but maybe the killer inside her is perfect for their new mission.

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I liked book seven particularly for the fact that we change location. Being in City Hall and exploring the ruins of London is fascinating because you can’t imagine London other than busy and full of activity, not in ruins. But when we are taken out of the London bubble and out into the countryside then we see how exactly the survivors are trying to survive.

The scene where the bird comes and encounters one of the children is probably a frightening scene for me but it makes the struggle of the survivors seem more real, that they are so exposed at all times, no matter what they do or how safe they think they are.

And the fact that once again, the racism card comes into a major play, which includes one of the biggest racist cult of all time makes it more real. That just because we are in the zombie apocalypse, doesn’t mean that everyday things and people’s disgusting attitudes evaporate. What is meant to be surviving together for a better day, still becomes the so called survival of the fittest among the living.

Again, Darren Shan just doesn’t fail to entice and en-capture his readers. Not only is he weaving the story and filling in gaps regarding the survivors but he is giving this group of Angels more confidence in themselves to complete missions but know that their missions don’t just end when the orders are finished but when they feel they have done their parts asĀ Angels.

 

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