Publisher: Aladdin (October 2, 2012)
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Most kids have enough to deal with between school, homework, extracurricular activities, and friends, but Molly Bigelow has something else on her list: hunting zombies. By day, Molly attends MIST—the Metropolitan Institute of Science and Technology—but outside the classroom she’s busy dealing with the undead. Because not only do zombies exist, they’re everywhere, and it’s her job to help police them and keep the peace. Sure, she’d like to be a regular kid, but given that her mother was the most revered (or feared, depending on your perspective) zombie hunter in the history of New York City, “regular” just isn't possible. Molly’s got some legendary footsteps to follow—and some undeadly consequences if she fails.
To be quite honest, I did not read this book because I thought it looked good. I read it because it looked to be something quick that I could get through without to much pain. Obviously aimed towards a middle-school aged audience, Dead City appears at first glance to be a cliche, young-girl-fights-crime (Something along the lines of Nancy Drew) with a zombie twist. Upon reading, I was surprised to note that this book contains an entertaining, if somewhat predictable, plot-line; a few well-developed characters; a sinister and mysterious villain; and a very unique take on popular mythical beings, zombies. In this book, there are three types of zombies. Type number one can mostly pass for a human being, alive and well. In fact, most Tier One zombies live secretly among the normal population of Manhattan. Tier Two zombies are basically the same as Tier One except they have now morals, no way off telling right from wrong. Tier Three is much more like what everybody assumes a zombie would be like: Rotting skin, low brain functions, bad hygiene, the works. These zombies mainly live underground, in sewers and the like. You won't find any flesh-eating in this book, but the zombies do have a certain amount of maliciousness about them. Molly Bigelow's job, along with three of her friends, is to both police zombies and make sure that Tier One and some Tier Two zombies have the opportunity of living a normal life. This makes for a very interesting story, one that surprised me in going past what I would normally expect from the average middle-grade book. I recommend this to any young readers as they will no-doubt be both entertained and engrossed in the unique world of Molly Bigelow.