I first discovered the wonderful graphic novels of Faith Erin Hicks when I read The War at Ellsmere. I loved that one so much that I immediately picked up Friends with Boys - another excellent read. So I was especially looking forward to this one, Zombies Calling, because, you know, zombies rock! And I was definitely not disappointed.
Our heroine is Joss, a college student who is perpetually worried about her student loans, not to mention her grades, her exams, and her future in general. Her favorite escape from these concerns is watching zombie movies. Zombie movies have clear-cut rules, at least - unlike life. When her university is suddenly beset by zombie hordes, no one believes her at first. But soon it becomes clear to her that her unique knowledge of zombie movies - especially the rules - is the clear-cut answer to getting her and her friends out of their dorm alive.
This was such a delightful read! Anyone who is a fan of zombie movies has got to read this book. It is funny, suspenseful, never takes itself too seriously - but at the same time it gives you fun and interesting characters to care about and root for. It's clever and sweet - and did I mention it is laugh-out-loud funny?
When the zombie apocalypse comes, I sure would love to have Joss on my side. She knows just what to do:
"They're zombies, and we have to fight. We're the survivors. The survivors fight the zombies. That's a rule."Are we clear?
Zombies Calling by Faith Erin Hicks (SLG Publishing, 2009)