Monday, 5 December 2011

Play Dead - Book Review

Play Dead by Ryan Brown

What is it about:
For the first time in Killington High School history, the Jackrabbits football team is one win away from the district championship where it will face its most vicious rival, the Elmwood Heights Badgers. On the way to the game, the Jackrabbits’s bus plunges into a river, killing every player except for bad-boy quarterback Cole Logan who is certain the crash was no accident—given that Cole himself was severely injured in a brutal attack by three ski-masked men earlier that day. Bent on payback, Cole turns to a mysterious fan skilled in black magic to resurrect his teammates. But unless the undead Jackrabbits defeat their murderous rival on the field, the team is destined for hell. In a desperate race against time, with only his coach’s clever daughter, Savannah Hickman, to assist him, Cole must lead his zombie team to victory. . . in a final showdown where the stakes aren’t just life or death—but damnation or salvation.

What did I think of it:
This book might have zombies,but it's more of a horror-thriller than a zombie book.

Not that I hold that against it:
This is a really cool read.

The writing is very good and the way the story builds up in tension is really well done. Even though I knew what would happen, because the blurb gives a lot of the story away, I couldn't put this book down and had to keep reading. Brown does a really good job at luring the reader into the story. And there still are a couple of really cool zombie mayhem scenes to please any zombie fan.

The characters were also very well written and if I had to name one negative thing it's that there were a few minor characters that I wished had played a bigger part in the story.

Otherwise this is a captivating tale and I will keep my eyes out for other books by Brown.

Why should you read it:
It's a cool horror-thriller with zombies.

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Danielle said...

I really liked this book! Even though I know nothing about American football, I still loved it!

titania86 said...

Oooh. I haven't heard of this zombie book. Sounds interesting. I would even put aside my dislike of football to read it. Great review!

Sullivan McPig said...

@Danielle: I don't know anything about American football either, but that does indeed not matter at all.

M.A.D. said...

Oooh, sounds like a good one, Sully!! And I just loves that cover :D