Reader Reviewed ZOM-B Gladiator by Darren Shan
  

ZOM-B Gladiator

Written by Darren Shan
Part of the ZOM-B Series

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Written in serial form, across twelve books, this is the sixth terrifying ZOM-B instalment from bestselling master of horror, Darren Shan with full page artwork throughout by acclaimed comic book artist, Warren Pleece.

Reader Reviews

Teens love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert review, some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review the first title in the series Zom-B.  You can read their reviews below.

  • Jake Brown, age 13 - 'Shan tackles taboo subjects like racism and domestic situations warts and all and is not afraid to do so...The first in a great new series. Read if you dare.' Read full review >
  • Jennifer Bridgeman - 'Zom-B was scary but amazing at the same time. It was really scary because the zombies could crack your skull open with there long fingers. I loved it.' Read full review >
  • Janet Gilliard - 'My son would recommend it...definitely a young adult novel!' Read full review >

Synopsis

ZOM-B Gladiator by Darren Shan

How can you prove yourself in a world of lost souls?

Who will triumph in a battle of the damned?

Where do the dead come to fight?

B Smith is about to enter the arena...

The books in the Zom-B series -

1. Zom-B

2. Zom-B Underground

3. Zom-B City

4. Zom-B Angels

5. Zom-B Baby

6. Zom-B Gladiator

7. Zom-B Mission

8. Zom-B Clans

9. Zom-B Family

10. Zom-B Bride

11. Zom-B Fugitive

12. Zom-B Goddess

For more Zom-B news & competitions visit www.darrenshan.com or join in the chat the Zom-B Facebook page. And there are competitions & giveways at www.zom-b.co.uk

Reviews

“It's a clever mix of horror, fantasy and realism - about the damaging 'virus' of racial hatred and social paranoia... The horror scenes are well choreographed and not without the useful escape valve of humour... you can bet that fans will be as hungry for the second instalment as a zombie for brains once they have read this gripping opener.”
The Telegraph

“Character development is impressive for a relatively short book, and Shan executes the transition from normalcy to wholesale terror masterfully.” Publishers Weekly

“This is a highly thought-provoking and hard-hitting read that will make young readers question the world around them, and should be shared and discussed at home and in classrooms.” Red House

“Once again, Shan has hit a home run and proved that he truly is the master of YA horror. I had exceedingly high hopes for Zom-B and I’m pleased to say that Shan completely outdid himself with this one... To be honest, it’s silly to try and even figure out the twists because they’re all absoluteblinders that I guarantee you will not see
coming... it was ridiculously smart and made me lookat everything in a completely different light. Well played, Mr Shan, well played indeed.” Writing From the Tub

“Took the traditional zombie narrative and turned it on its head.” Irish Examiner

“Zom-B offers a dark comedic edge to the traditional tale… With twists that will enthral and leave you wanting more.” Sorted

“Zom-B kicks ass and eats brains, and will definitely satisfy all those die-hard Darren Shan fans out there waiting on the edge of their seats for the new installment.” The Stardust Reader

“I really enjoyed the events in story and as usual Mr Darren Shan never fails to bring the awesome!” Fiction Fascination

“I’m really loving this series!” So Many Books, So Little Time

“Holy cow, Zom-B Underground is amazing…in a league of its own.” Empire of Books

“There’s plenty of gore and it all goes along at a rattling pace and I loved it.”The Bookbag

“I loved it, from beginning to end, and I guarantee that it is going to be massively popular with Shan fans around the world... One of [the plot] twists, which occurs a handful of chapters before the end, had my jaw hitting the ground with a thud... I wanted to hug and throttle Darren Shan at the same time for his sheer deviousness and audacity. ” BookZone for Boys

About the Author

Darren Shan

Darren Shan's real name is Darren O'Shaughnessy. Although he is Irish he was actually born at St. Thomas’ Hospital, London -- directly across the river from the Houses of Parliament in Westminster (which may explain his fascination with evil bloodsuckers ...).

He lived in SouthEast London until the age of six, when he moved to Limerick in Ireland, with his parents and younger brother, and has lived there ever since (but he never lost his London accent!).

He later returned to London to study Sociology and English at Roehampton University. He then worked for a cable television company in Limerick for a couple of years, before setting up as a full-time writer at the age of 23.

Although Shan always wanted to be a writer, it was only in his teenage years that he began writing in his spare time for fun (before that, he only wrote stories if they were for homework). He bought his first typewriter when he was 14, and never looked back, knocking out loads of short stories and comic scripts, and making false starts on several books, which he never completed. He enjoyed his first taste of literary success at age 15, as a runner-up in a television script-writing competition for RTE in Ireland, with a dark comedy script titled A Day in the Morgue (he was morbid even then!).

All of these early books were adult-oriented. Although Shan quite liked the idea of writing a children’s book one day, he considered himself an adult writer first and foremost. In fact, Shan’s initial breakthrough was with an adult book, in 1999.

In January 2000, his first children’s book, Cirque du Freak, which he’d written as a fun side-project, was published. The first book in a series titled The Saga of Darren Shan (or Cirque du Freak, as it’s known in America), it attracted rave reviews and an ever-growing army of fans hungry to learn more about vampires which were quite unlike any that anyone had ever seen before!

Shan loved writing for children so much, that for the next several years he focused almost exclusively on his books for younger readers. First, he wrote a total of 12 books about vampires. He quickly followed up his vampiric saga with The Demonata, a series about demons. Running to ten books in total, The Demonata cemented Shan’s place in the UK as the Master Of Children’s Horror, and saw him score his first UK #1 bestseller. He also wrote a one-off short book, called Koyasan, for World Book Day in the UK.

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Paperback
224 pages
Interest Age: From 12

Author

Darren Shan
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Author's Website

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Publisher

Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd

Publication date

3rd July 2014

ISBN

9780857077745

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