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02 July 2011 @ 05:34 am

(From novella introduction)

Dearest Reader,
This is a bad zombie apocalypse novella. It was written in a hurry. It is riddled with inconsistencies. And it never quite arrives at whatever point it sought to make. But remember: The $25 you donated to charity in exchange for this steaming mess of prose will help our species shuffle along, and I hope you’ll feel warmed by your good deed as you read. Thank you for decreasing the overall worldwide level of suck, and as they say in my hometown: Don’t forget to be awesome.

Best wishes!
John Green

Before I actually get into the talking about the book, I need to explain this note above a bit. This novella was originally a prize won in an auction, the money going to a charity...which I can't remember the name of at the moment. It was during the Project for Awesome 2010 on YouTube (for more info on the P4A, if you don't know what it is, feel free to ask in the comments, or Google it). However, anyone who bid on it got a copy, if I remember. It was released to everyone else for free download shortly after the auction and I just finally got around to reading it now, haha.

So, the books is a zombie apocalypse novella, as mentioned in the author's note. However, it's rather different from your typical zombie novel. The infection, believe it or not, was spread through corn. The zombies, or "Z's" as they are called, not only feast on human flesh, but they also seem to worship corn. Any time not spent on finding and eating living humans (or animals) is spent planting and tending to the corn.
The main character, Mia, is a teen. The novella is written as her memoir of the whole situation basically. She's been through quite a bit as she is writing it and most of the chapters are set as flashbacks as she remembers and writes down the more important things that have happened to her and her dog since the virus spread. Now, I'm a huge fan of zombies and zombie related books, movies, etc. and I especially love ones like this. It's not about the blood and guts or even as much about killing the zombies. It's deep and it makes you think. I adore that and I adore John Green's books for this reason. He's a fantastic author-he writes interesting characters and his style is great... I know he says that this is a poor bit of writing, but I love it. I'll likely read it again someday.
If you enjoy zombie novels, and not just for the shooting at these living dead creatures, I recommend this to you for certain. It's only around 40 pages long, so it takes little time to read, but it's worth it.

(Look at that...I thought it'd take me longer to write about a book...Perhaps it should have. I apologize for the suckiness of this "review". I'm still learning how to do these and how to get better at it.)