Book Review Zombies Vs. Unicorns


Zombies Vs. Unicorns edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier is an anthology of short stories about, you guessed it, Zombies and Unicorns.  

Let me tell you how, I, as a non-zombie and a non-unicorn person, ended up reading this book.  I was challenged to read books that are outside of my comfort zone.  I was given a list of possible recommendations of awards and types of books to help me select books to read for the semester.  I went through those lists early in the semester and requested books from our library.  The books came in at strange times and although I knew I had requested them, I didn’t necessarily remember (or look back to check) what genre or why I had selected these particular books.  

I give you this background because it may help you see the shift in my thinking about this book.  When I initially started reading this book I thought the approach was unique.  Black and Larbalestier both have a “side” and their views are sprinkled throughout the book in a blog format.  As I began reading, I thought, these people have WAY too much time on their hands.  Seriously, who talks about this stuff?  

Not being a “zombie lover” from the get-go (I don’t like scary things!), I thought that I’d be a Unicorn lover. I mean they’re white and cute and sparkly, right?  NOT these unicorns!  Apparently, I am not well-read on unicorn lore because these unicorns actually KILL people. (Granted, they are usually bad people, but still!)  

So, as I continued to question my selection of this book, I realized I had selected it as a Book Club book, so I HAD to finish it.  My angst was apparent, but I decided to look back at my notes and see why I selected it (other than reading outside of my comfort zone).  Ah, it is a collection of short stories (not something I would normally select), well, now it makes perfect sense!  The bantering between Black and Larbalestier is the glue that holds it together.  The stories are vivid and written by well-known authors.  (Some of these authors I never would have expected to write about either zombies or unicorns.)
So, if you are looking for something that might be outside of your comfort zone on a current popular teen topic, check out Zombies Vs. Unicorns.  


4 thoughts on “Book Review Zombies Vs. Unicorns

  1. Wow, I had no idea that something like this existed. I also had no idea that unicorns could be murderous. This sounds very much like a boys teen book. Thanks for the review!


  2. I was team Unicorn before and after reading this book. I absolutely loved it and when my friend finished reading her copy I basically stole it out of her hands because I was so pumped to read it. For me it was just one of those fun books that doesn’t really have to have a purpose or meaning, it just exists so we can read stories about zombies and unicorns.


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