~ The Blurb ~
Maxine “Max” Compton is in detention when the outbreak starts; so are several other students when Max’s best friend Brie storms in – chomping on the thigh bone of their favorite Home Ec teacher, Ms. Watkins!
Brie is a zombie, and quickly starts biting everyone in the room—even her best friend, Max!
When the class realizes what happens, it’s too late; they are all zombies—and they’re no longer alone.
Now a thin gray man in a white lab coat is testing them; making them read, and once they can no longer read, the zombies are led from the room, never to be seen again.
One by one the zombies stop reading, all but a few of them, Max included. Oh, and that cute thug she’s been crushing on for years, Zander Cash!
That’s when Max learns that there are good zombies, and bad zombies. And if she’s to survive, she has to pick a side.
Who knew Detention could be this hard… or last forever?
~ My Thoughts ~
I always know that I am going to be in for a good laugh when I pick up anything written by Rusty Fischer and Detention of the Living Dead is certainly no exception. The action starts right away when Max’s detention is interrupted by a video announcement which features her principal screaming about a Zombie take over (while a few Zombies pass in front of the camera chomping on the limbs of administrators). At first the students think they are caught in the middle of a prank, but they quickly realize that 1) their school doesn’t have that kind of special effects budget and 2) this is no joke because Max’s best friend Brie storms into the detention room and starts biting people!
What follows is a ridiculous, hilarious and action filled novel that breathes new life into our favorite undead characters. What makes Rusty’s writing so refreshing and quick to read is his wit and the incredible way he turns a phrase.
“It’s like waiting for a stutterer to finish reading War & Peace, out loud,
In one sitting, while you kneel on a bed of nails, with water dripping on
Your head, sitting next to your distant cousin from Alabama, with her
Whispering in your ears about her favorite catfish casserole recipe.”
“It’s a kind of half-smile, half-groan, half I-wish-I-could-say-something-reallysmart-but-my-brain’s-stuck-in-neautral-righ-now-but-if-you-give-me-a-few-days-I’ll-have-a-snappy-comeback-ready-fo-you type of thing.”
I don’t think that I have ever read a poem, novel or short story by Rusty Fischer without constantly highlighting passages that I just have to share with all my bookish friends because they are so incredibly funny!
There was so much action happening in the way of these newly undead Zombies attempting to escape their school that it wasn’t until the end of the novel that I started to see the relationships coming out between the characters. I always love the human element that Rusty gives his Zombies and love nothing more than a little Zombie love story so I am crossing my fingers that Detention of the Living Dead is just the beginning!
Detention of the Living Dead is a super fun, action filled read that will have you laughing from cover to cover. If you haven’t read Rusty Fisher yet I have to ask what on earth are you waiting for? If you are looking for humor, fantastic writing and a bit of cheese-tastic gore look no further because Detention of the Living Dead has it all.
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I received an e-arc of Detention of the Living Dead via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.