Book Review: Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse?, Max Brallier (2011)

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Needs More Fedoras

two out of five stars

It’s Monday morning, and you’re suffering through yet another Dilbert-esque meeting while also nursing an epic hangover. Suddenly, Angela the receptionist bursts into the conference room and turns on the tv. Before you are scenes of your home – New York City; specifically, Manhattan – as you’re never seen it: overrun by the walking dead. A supposed riot at Mount Sinai soon gives way to a massacre as zombies swarm out of the building, attacking doctors, nurses, reporters, pedestrians – anyone and everyone in their path.

Do you: a) take a taxi out of the city; b) jog twelve blocks to the subway; or c) head home to your shoebox of an apartment?

Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? is a lot like those “Choose Your Own Adventure” books that were popular in the ‘80s and ‘90s (see also: “Which Way Books,” “Plot-Your-Own-Adventure Stories,” “Solve It Yourself,” etc.; I am still particularly fond of my A-TEAM and MAGNUM, P.I. mysteries) – but with more f-bombs. Written for the now-grown fans of these books, Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? features more adult situations and language – yet the writing remains painfully juvenile.

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