The emphasis is on revenge rather than romance for teenage zombies struggling to keep the living part of living dead.
Following the final battle of Zombies Don’t Cry (2011), protagonist Maddy runs away from her hometown with fellow zombies (and love interests) serious Dane and ex-jock Stamp, hoping to avoid capture by the Sentinels, who enforce the zombie laws. They settle in Orlando, blending into the human world while earning their livings as monsters in a cheesy horror stage show. In the few, off-page weeks between novels, Maddy and Stamp break up—so for this story installment, the love triangle is replaced by Maddy and Dane’s will-they-won’t-they. As for Stamp, he seems to have moved on well and dates a long line of living girls, although he has to keep it casual in order to maintain their secret and avoid accidentally turning one of the girls undead. But when Stamp ends up getting serious with a girlfriend, Maddy and Dane pick up on serious red flags. The more they investigate the mysterious Val, the more they suspect there is something seriously wrong with her. Maddy and Dane find themselves in the cross hairs of a revenge plot while the Sentinels close in—until Maddy launches a daring revenge scheme of her own. The occasionally sloppy continuity doesn’t detract from the fast plot and unexpected twists.
Popcorn fun for the brain-munching set. (Horror. 14 & up)