Author: Christopher Krovatin
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publishing Date: September 11th 2012
Genre: MG Suspense/Thriller
Series: Gravediggers #1
Groups of middle school kids go a trip with the school to get close to nature, meet new friends, and well learn. Three sixth graders take a little trip off the beaten path and end up lost in a forest full of zombies. They must stay together and work together to stay alive with little food, no shelter, and no knowledge of zombies, well except for what’s been seen in the horror movies.
A really fun story, well written, full of excitement and the book had everything needed for a great zombie book intended for a younger crowd. There isn’t much you can do with a zombie story, but this story read like its own with a bit of old school zombie fun. There were some gory parts, a bit of scares, and of course some tension between the characters.
The characters start of as your stereotypical pre- teens. I found this to fit right into the story. The ages of the kids are 11-12, and at that age kids are trying to fit in and be who they think everyone else thinks they should be. The two boys are your jerk of a jock, Ian, and what seems as the dork of the grade, PJ. They have been friends for a very long time but as they age, Ian becomes popular and feels that he is outgrowing PJ. PJ is your typical geek that is into horror movies. He knows he is being left behind and is trying to hold on to their friendship. We throw in a smart, antisocial, brainy girl into the mix and everything goes haywire. The mix seemed to be just right for being lost in the woods trying to survive zombie fighting team. They all grow up quite a bit and realize that they all have something needed to survive the crazy woods and find that the other is so much more than they show on the outside and a friendship is saved, and new ones made.
The story is more about the characters then the actual zombies and I really enjoyed the character building. I think the only thing really missing for me is romance; however I am glad it was not in this story, it didn’t really fit.
I was really satisfied at the end of the story, I felt I got my fill of adventure, thrills, and friendship and I will definitely read more from the story.