Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? Review
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After years of watching my share of zombie movies—everything from Zombieland to 28 Weeks Later—I like to think that I know a thing or two about the undead. Not only that, but I’ve seen enough clueless characters as they met an untimely and gruesome end that I think I know what not to do in the case of a zombie attack. And now, thanks to Max Brallier’s hilarious zombie adventure, Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? I’ve been able to test my zombie survival skills.

Zombie Apocalypse is a quirky choose-your-own-adventure novel. As the story opens, you’re just another twenty-something corporate drone who’s trying to look interested during another Monday morning meeting. But then the news breaks that zombies have taken over the city—and you’re left to figure out how to handle the situation and (you hope) stay alive.

From there, it’s all up to you. You can try to hail a cab, run for the subway, or hunker down in your tiny studio apartment, surviving on beer and whatever else you can scrounge up. You never know where you might end up—and you never know what you might be forced to do to survive. You could join the Hell’s Angels or meet up with a costumed band of zombie enthusiasts. Or you could end up sacrificed to the undead by an angry construction worker.

If you’ve got a thing for zombie movies, you’ll love this ever-changing undead adventure even more than you used to love reading Choose Your Own Adventure books when you were a kid. It’s loaded with tough choices and quirky storylines—most of which would make great zom-coms.

It’s an addictive read, too—and just when you reach one grisly end, you’ll find that you just have to go back and try again (and again...and again). You’ll enjoy every hilariously gruesome page—and, before you know it, you’ll realize that you’ve just spent hours battling zombies over and over again.

Brallier has definitely done his research—and, by that, I mean that he’s watched a heck of a lot of zombie movies. Throughout the book, you’ll find references from just about every zombie movie imaginable (even—to my surprise and delight—Fido)—and the constant references and gags only add to the geeky zombie fun.

So if you’ve ever imagined yourself as Shaun, Ash, or Columbus and Tallahassee, taking on swarms of the undead, you won’t want to miss this kooky novel. Be sure to keep it handy—because you’ll find yourself reaching for it time and time again.

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