Teen Book Review

Northeast Library

Teen Book Review

Vampires. Werewolves. Fairies. As much as some of us would like to deny it, the paranormal creatures have taken control of teen literature. But these three groups of supernatural creatures aren’t the only ones getting a piece of the action. In this delightful anthology that just came out,  Zombie vs. Unicorn, two popular teen authors bring some other creatures to our attention. If you’re willing to be skewered on a unicorn’s horn or join the zombie army, read the review below.

When Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier began a debate on Justine’s blog over whether zombies or unicorns were the cooler creature, they didn’t realize they would start a phenomenon. But one by one, their fellow young adult authors and librarians weighed in and took sides. To fuel the fire, the two asked for short stories and created this anthology. In addition to some great fantasy stories that run the gamut from humor to coming-of-age to horror, the two editors surround each story with the banter of their hilarious debate. But the question remains, will the zombie end up on the unicorn’s horn, or will the zombie devour the brains of the silly horse before the anthology ends?

This book could be read for the humorous commentary alone. It can also be used as an example of the power online communication has to affect the real world. The editors did an excellent job in selecting the place for each of their stories in the anthology, starting it with the dual zombie/unicorn story “The Highest Justice” by Garth Nix, and ending it with the bleak apocalyptic story “Prom Night” by Libba Bray.  While each story has its relative merits and will appeal to different readers, this reader’s favorite tales were the unicorn satire and coming-of-age “Princess Prettypants” by Meg Cabot and the zombie love story “Love Will Tear Us Apart” by Alaya Dawn Johnson.

Zombie vs. Unicorn is recommended for mid- to late-teen readers, especially fans of fantasy, science fiction and post-apocalyptic stories. Check it out at Northeast Library or any DC Public Library today.
--by Brandon Digwood