Breakfast Club meets The Walking Dead as a group of unlikely allies tries to survive a deadly outbreak.
Brian and his friends are not part of the cool crowd. They’re the misfits and the troublemakers—the ones who jump their high school’s fence to skip class regularly. So when a deadly virus breaks out, they’re the only ones with a chance of surviving.
The virus turns Brian’s classmates and teachers into bloodthirsty attackers who don’t die easily. The whole school goes on lockdown, but Brian and his best friend, Chad, are safe (and stuck) in the theater department—far from Brian’s sister, Kenzie, and his ex-girlfriend with a panic attack problem, Laura. Brian and Chad, along with some of the theater kids Brian had never given the time of day before, decide to find the girls and bring them to the safety of the theater. But it won’t be easy, and it will test everything they thought they knew about themselves and their classmates.
I was offered a copy of this book from the fab team at Abrahams and Chronicle UK to review and to tie in with their charity Zombie Walk to raise money for St Mungos. I was happy to give it a read, mainly because the idea of The Breakfast Club meets Walking Dead sounded bloody amazing, if it pulled it off.
The story is told by Brian and his bunch of mismatched survivors as the school turns from a nightmare to a horror show with hungry zombie on the rampage. Brian and his best mate Chad bunk off school and when they sneak back in for afternoon class they find themselves trapped in the drama department with friends and foes, united against a common enemy. He doesn't know where his sister is or if she's safe as well as his ex, Laura, who he still loves. They have to fight to survive against the hungry outside and the danger within. They want to escape but Brian also clings to the hopes that his sister and Laura are safe and can be rescued too. It's blood and gore and doesn't hold back.
SICK is actually quite a good read but if I'm honest, I'm not sure if it is ground-breaking enough to make a huge impact on the zombie genre. It's a good read for the gore and swears alone and the characters are believable. At first they seemed a bit stereotyped but they really grew on me and they all had their own individual personalities. I don't have a weak stomach but some scenes and the details made my tummy wobble. Sign of a good zombie book, in my opinion.
I was fairly impressed with this book and though some elements were predictable and you could see the plot before it happened, it was a fun ride. I can imagine this easily being picked up as a teen horror movie. I'd say, if you like your horror, then you'll be happy enough with this read and impressed that it has a good and interesting take on the zombies but I don't know how much of an impression it'll leave with everyone that reads it.
Good Halloween fair and excellent cover that jumps off the shelf.
Published by ACKids UK and is available here and bookshops now.