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Review: Zombies vs. Unicorns (anthology)

Zombies vs. Unicorns by Holly Black & Justine Larbalestier
Young Adult, Zombies, Unicorns
Hardcover $16.99 (432 pages, Margaret K. McElderry)
Ebook $9.99
Audiobook $24.99

Justine Larbalestier says that zombies are our own walking deaths. Funny, grim, and terrifying, they cannot be escaped. Unicorns are sparkly and pastel and fart rainbows. Holly Black says that unicorns are healers, arbiters of justice, and, occasionally, majestic man-killers. Zombies drool and shed and probably carry diseases. Some of today’s finest writers have chosen their side, creating dazzling stories about both creatures. So read on, and decide for yourself: Are you Team Zombie or Team Unicorn? TEAM UNICORN: edited by Holly Black Featuring authors Kathleen Duey, Meg Cabot, Garth Nix, Margo Lanagan, Naomi Novik, and Diana Peterfreund TEAM ZOMBIE: edited by Justine Larbalestier Featuring authors Libba Bray, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, Carrie Ryan, and Scott Westerfeld
Author Site: www.blackholly.com & justinelarbalestier.com

Must read if you love Unicorns or Zombies or both! (5 stars)

I usually break down a little nibble of each story in an anthology like this but since I "read" the audiobook version I honestly would find it a little difficult. Instead let me highlight my favorites and comment on the audio version itself. ;)

[A Thousand Flowers by Margo Lanagan] is one of my favorites and even one of the editors comments on it as gross. This one takes the unicorn/virgin thing and implies beastiality. Which IS gross. BUT, hear me out please, this story was so well told and so chilling with different perspectives that it had a certain beauty to it. It was shocking, horrifying and sad. The most controversial entry but in a good way.

[Cold Hands by Cassandra Clare] I am probably the only person who still hasn't read Clare's books (but fondly remember her hilarious LotRs secret diaries) but I am especially anxious to find the time after this story. I love zombie stories with romance and this one was the most romantic of the anthology in my opinion.

[Purity Test by Naomi Novik] manages to be pretty darned funny and will probably resonate with girls in the targeted age group for this one. There's sarcasm and wit here that anyone can enjoy.

[Prom Night by Libba Bray] is actually my favorite of the entire anthology. Imagine all the adults have been infected and kicked out of a community. Now the teens and tweens run everything. It's what would have been prom night and they're finding a way to make it happen even though the future might be short. I'm a huge fan of stories where teenagers get put into a place where they prove that there's a reason they're called young adults. This one was amusing and for some reason made me proud of the young characters.

[The Children of the Revolution by Maureen Johnson] was, in my opinion, the most hysterically funny story of the bunch. Poking fun at celebrities with trendy religions, adopting tons of foreign children and special diets. This is one zombie tale not to be missed.

On the whole I was surprised that overall I loved this anthology. I'm not usually one to recommend one for the work within it specifically, usually more of a "get this to try this author 'cause it's a decent sample" kind of girl. Zombies vs. Unicorns is exceptional, worth reading over and over because each story is just plain likable. There were a couple of stories that I just didn't care for but I am sure others loved.

As an audiobook I liked this one a lot. The talent chosen for this were very well selected and suited all but one of the stories as far as I can comment. Honestly, I would recommend the audio version over the book version just for the sake of having the dialog read in accents and such. I'm a sucker for that sort of thing.

Overall I would recommend this to fans of either or both Zombies and Unicorns. I'm a big fan of both and honestly would never choose a side in this debate. Why can't I just have a zombie unicorn eh? Enjoy!

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Notes: Review Copy Received via Amazon Vine.

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