Title: State of Emergency
Author: Mary Hallberg
Published Date: September 26th 2017
***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
17-year-old Dallas Langdon is fighting off zombies with a pizza cutter.
Dallas has always loved zombie movies. But when she catches a real live (erm, dead) musician eating a man’s intestines backstage after the show, she knows her movies have become a reality. And what do characters in zombie movies do? Seek shelter. Fortunately, Dallas’s eccentric uncle owns a farmhouse in Chattanooga, an eight hour drive from New Orleans. It’s on top of a steep mountain, surrounded by electric fences, and cut off from the worlds of the living and the dead.
Dallas’s parents, still safe at home, laugh at her idea over the phone. Her friends only agree to join her because it’s fall break and they could use a mini vacation anyway.
But then Dallas’s best friend is killed by a zombie horde when they’re attracted to her ringing cell phone. Civilians think their reanimated loved ones simply have the flu, leaving them alive (well, undead) and rapidly increasing the zombies ranks. And since minors can’t buy guns, Dallas’s only weapon is a giant industrial pizza cutter she swipes from a gas station. George A. Romero never mentioned anything like this. With one friend dead and no zombie survival guides to help her, Dallas and her friends must get to Chattanooga before joining the ranks of the undead themselves.
The water will give you a deadly virus that kills you or puts you into a coma and when you come back to life, well let’s just say that you are not you anymore. You crave flesh, organs and will do anything to get it. People are in denial and thinks it is all a joke. But Dallas and her friend Sam, watched Tatum eat her manager and go after them. It’s no joke!
Knowing getting out of town is the best thing, the friends head to Dallas Uncle’s house high up in the Tennessee mountains. The story tells how they survive, fight off the living dead and how friends are lost. It tells how the virus spreads and how fast. They figure out facts about zombies along the way, but when one of them becomes one, that is all thrown out the window. Can they make it to Dallas’s Uncles alive?
I enjoyed this story a lot. It was a fun read and I think teens would enjoy it. This author, Mary Hallberg is a new to me and I wouldn’t mind exploring some of her other work sometime.
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