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Stormi's Review: State of Emergency by Mary Hallberg


REVIEWER PURCHASE PUBLISHER: Mary Hallberg RELEASED: September 26, 2017 GENRE: YA, HORROR, ZOMBIES LENGTH: 158 pages FORMAT: EBOOK, PAPERBACK

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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. FIVE BOUNDLESS STARS

Dallas is at a concert with friends when the first zombie shows up. After all the movies she has seen, she decides to travel with her friends to her Uncle's place in Tennessee, just in case. The virus spreads, and soon Dallas and her friends are in a race to save themselves. I have to say that I have not read many books about zombies. I have seen the movies and the shows but just haven't read that much on the subject. I have to say this story was surprisingly good. It was fast paced and intense and kept me reading. I honestly hated to put it down. Dallas and her friends are in high school, and so they are young and on their own when the world falls apart. The characters were very relatable and fun to follow. It was packed full of teenage drama and being mixed with the "end of the world" stuff it was a roller coaster of a read. I have to say Dallas, and her pizza cutter turned weapon was great. This story also mentions my hometown and so hey, it got my vote! This story was written well. It kept me interested from page one. It was fast paced and a quick read. It was full of drama and had tons of action. Like I said before, I haven't read many stories about zombies, and so this one stood out for me. It was a crazy and wild ride from the start. I will say that I think this could be an excellent series.


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