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- Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
- Publication date: 10/1/2012
- Pages: 432
- Source: Copy provided by the publisher for review/tour
Twelve -year old Will Ritter and his rag-tag army of teenage resistance fighters may have triumphed over the Zombies last time, but that's the thing about the dead: they keep coming back.
A new Corpse leader has crossed the rift and taken command of the invasion: The Queen of the Dead is even more brilliant and ruthless than her predecessor, and her ambitions are even deadlier. Will and the crew must somehow rescue his mother, prevent an assassination, and show FBI Agent Ramirez the truth about the Corpses-and the danger the world faces.
But how do a bunch of kids prove to a grown-up that monsters are real?
This is a sequel and though you could read it without reading the first one, you will be missing a lot of information from the first. This was a very fun, action packed book. I enjoyed the characters and the storyline. Will is a tough kid, and The Queen of the Dead is one awesome villain. This book had me completely sucked in. With more danger and higher stakes, this was one heck of a ride!
Will is still getting used to things as an Undertaker. He really misses his family and is scared of what the future holds. He knows that The Corpses are trying to take over and that they need to try to stop it. He is somewhat of a legend being that his father was the one who founded the Undertakers. He was the only adult to have the Sight. He was also victim to them two years ago, and now Will is part of the fight. Will really grows in this one. He takes more chances and he is very selfless when it comes to others. He doesn't even give a second thought to putting himself at risk if it means saving someone else. For a thirteen year old boy he is facing a lot tougher things than most adults face and dealing with it all pretty well.
The other characters are just as great. I really loved Helene, Dave, Sharyn, and Tom. They are so great. There are plenty of others too and I really like that we get to know such a wide variety of characters. They all play a major role in things. Then there is Lilith Cavanaugh, who is the Cover that The Queen of the Dead takes on. That is one brutal and scary woman. She likes her corpses fresh so she actually has young women killed just so she can take over their body when the one she is using decomposes too much. She plans on taking over since Kenny Booth failed that mission when Will stopped him months ago.
This book is almost non-stop action from beginning to end. It's one battle after another, break-ins, recon missions, and the most important, stopping The Queen of the Dead from succeeding in her takeover. Now remember, the Undertakers are all kids and teenagers, but they are very smart, super dedicated, and most of all really brave. They don't let the fear rule them. They are dedicated to the cause and will keep fighting to stop The Corpses from taking over. I really connected with a lot of the characters even with them being so young. The writing is just so fabulous that I felt like I fell right into the story and I didn't want to climb back out. A solid second book in the series! I will be looking forward to the next one! 4 out of 5 stars
*Update 10/25/12 I have a guest post from Ty to add to this post.
Ty's Top Ten Scary Movies
“Night of the Living Dead” — George's Romero's 1968 classic is still incredibly scary. Unlike other horror films made in the period, this one's still edgy, still suspenseful, and still really gross!
“The Blair Witch Project” — Okay, yes it did have an amusing promotional campaign. How many of you went to the movie thinking it might actually be real? Come on. Admit it! But real or not, Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez' low budget masterpiece is frightening in the extreme.
“Silence of the Lambs” — Some folks will try to tell you this is a crime thriller, not a horror movie. But Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter, wearing that poor guard's face? That's way beyond anything Michael Myers or Jason Voorhees ever pulled.
“Psycho” — Alfred Hitchcock directed more than sixty movies, some of them great. But this remains his only true horror movie. Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh certainly redefined the term “shower scene”. Mrs. Bates is still one of the scariest villains ever crafted.
“Alien” — Ridley Scott reinvented the sci-fi horror film with this claustrophobic and elegant monster movie. Not until the last couple of minutes to we get a clear image of the thing itself. The movie made Sigourney Weaver a superstar, and didn't do any harm for the alien either. Five sequels and counting!
“Ringu” — Somewhere along the line, the Japanese got really good at scaring the crap of people! And, of that bunch of modern classics (many of which later got turned into mediocre American versions), Hideo Nakata's masterpiece reigns supreme. Watch a video and die in seven days. Jeez!
“The Exorcist” — William Friedkin's classic 1973 story of demonic possession made Linda Blair and pea soup household words. It's said that barf bags were actually provided when this one hit the theaters. I know it still make me a little queazy!
“Les Diaboliques” — This one's been remade a few times, but none of them comes close to the original 1955 french film by Henri-Georges Clouzot. This one may seem more like a Hitchcockian thriller than a horror film per se. But check out the ending!
“The Shining” — Stanley Kubrick set out to create the first “epic horror film” and he almost succeeded. More style than substance, this loose adaptation of Stephen King's masterpiece is atmospheric, brilliantly filmed, and genuinely terrifying.
“Jaws” — The monster movie of the second half of the twentieth century, Bruce of Shark did more than terrorize great actors in a brilliantly scary movie based on a best selling novel. It also defined Steven Spielberg as the most successful and commercial director of his generation.
Thanks so much for sharing with us TY!! I have not seen Les Diabloques, but I have seen all of the other ones numerous times and have to agree that they are awesome!!
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