ARC Review: Donna of the Dead

Donna of the Dead
Donna of the Dead by Alison Kemper
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Release date: March 4, 2014

Donna Pierce might hear voices, but that doesn’t mean she’s crazy. Probably.

The voices do serve their purpose, though—whenever Donna hears them, she knows she’s in danger. So when they start yelling at the top of their proverbial lungs, it’s no surprise she and her best friend, Deke, end up narrowly escaping a zombie horde. Alone without their families, they take refuge at their high school with the super-helpful nerds, the bossy class president, and—best of all?—Liam, hottie extraordinaire and Donna’s long-time crush. When Liam is around, it’s easy to forget about the moaning zombies, her dad’s plight to reach them, and how weird Deke is suddenly acting toward her.

But as the teens’ numbers dwindle and their escape plans fall apart, Donna has to listen to the secrets those voices in her head have been hiding. It seems not all the zombies are shuffling idiots, and the half-undead aren’t really down with kids like Donna…

Donna of the Dead started off good. I thought it would be a little different from the typical zombie fare, considering Donna had these mysterious voices in her head that guided her to stay safe. Once the zombie apocalypse struck (how did that start, by the way?) it reverted back to the same old Zombieland script. You know – hitting zombies, somehow managing to escape being bitten, etc etc. They reach a safe haven but the conditions are bleak and there is a mysterious super-zombie stalking them. The plot got pretty much ludicrous after that point. Between the plot holes as to how CDC even knew already about immune genes to a zombie plague they knew nothing about, to why the half-dead zombies were like that, I pretty much gave up on it being deep. It was more like a zombie movie – akin to the Resident Evil series (it shared a lot of similarities, if you ask me) and more like light reading. The only saving grace was Donna’s snark, though as a character she is quite wimpy and useless, until the end when she finally becomes brave. The love triangle was a bit unusual but not unpredictable. The kids at school were cool too – just not much depth to their characters. I thought there was something that might come from Lara but that one just went over the roof, so there. The writing and pace were good, but the plot pretty much ruined the book. An okay read, but standard zombie fare.
P.S. Awful cover, BTW. It matches the story, though – considering there is a romance against a backdrop of zombies, but it is an eyesore.

Received a copy from Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review

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