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Wednesday, June 15, 2011
The question on everyone's mind these days: Which is better, Zombies or Unicorns? This unique short story collection pits the walking dead against magic glitter in a grudge match unlike any other. Edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier, this collection features some of the best teen authors writing today, including Libba Bray, Garth Nix, and Cassandra Clare.
While some stories stand alone, others give readers a great introduction to a regular series. "The Care and Feeding of your Baby Killer Unicorn" introduces readers to Diana Peterfreund's Killer Unicorn series, while Carrie Ryan's "Bougainvillea" brings us back to the Forest of Hands and Teeth. My two favorites of the collection are by Scott Westerfeld and Meg Cabot. Westerfeld's "inoculata" shows us a world long after the zombie apocalypse and what can happen when you have bored teenagers and a chance mutation. In one of the funnier stories, Meg Cabot's "Princess Prettypants" shows readers how useful a unicorn can be when dealing with ex-boyfriends and a friend in need.
The only real negative of the collection, for me, was the commentary by the editors as they debate which is better, Zombies or Unicorns. Intended as snarky or witty, their back and forth comments felt flat. The book is intended for high school teens, but many adults will also want to get in on the debate and I highly recommend the collection for both.
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