Friday, February 8, 2013

Wanted: Dead or Undead (Book 1) by Angela Scott - 2012 SWBA Runner Up: Young adult

From the Sharp Writ Book Awards judges:

  • Loved it!! I thought the concept would be a hard sell but it worked perfectly. The author has seamlessly created a totally plausible picture of what a zombie plague could have looked like in pioneering times. The book has some great twists and turns - I read the whole thing in one sitting. 
  • This book was great!  Hooked me from the start and kept me reading.  I will definitely read the next in the series.  
  •  This is a terrific zombie tale, with a sense of humor, imaginative twist, and nice set up. I couldn't really put it down. There's a certain amount of clich√© and predictability, shall we say, but it's quite well thought through.  Three things kept me from giving it a perfect score: 1) the author's virtual inability to use the pluperfect, which was very necessary, given all the flashbacks; 2) the ending needed to be written out a little bit more;  3) It clearly is the first of a series, as not everything is wrapped up.  It's a cross between Older YA and regular grown up genre fiction, in my opinion.

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