Review: The Living Dead Boy by Rhiannon Frater

April 10, 2014 Elyse's Reviews, young adult, zombies 0

Review: The Living Dead Boy by Rhiannon FraterThe Living Dead Boy by Rhiannon Frater
on December 18, 2013
Pages: 282
Source: the author
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Josh Rondell is twelve years old and known as the "living dead boy" due to his rampant love of all things zombie. As the head of the Zombie Hunters Club, he's obsessed with preparing for the zombocalypse.

Though no one around him really believes that zombies will one day rise to devour the living, Josh is convinced it just might happen.
When zombies do shamble into his schoolyard, Josh finds himself the leader of the dwindling band of zombie hunters, and he is charged with protecting them all. Josh's baby brother, his closest friends, and the love of his young life try to survive as the undead take over their town.

Trapped in his treehouse and surrounded by the dead, will Josh be able to save them all?

A gripping horror tale for zombie fans of all ages!

So I don’t normally randomly choose a book from my Kindle to read. I spend at least an hour thumbing through the pages, looking back at blurbs, and trying to decide what kind of mood I’m in. So Friday night when I turned on my Kindle I went back 2 pages and saw The Living Dead Boy, I decided this would be the book.

I snuggled in, turned out the lights, and started reading. By 3:20 in the morning I had to turn the light back on, quickly check the hallway for zombies, and close my bedroom door as quietly as I could – I even considered locking it, but decided a locked flimsy wood interior door wouldn’t stop them if they wanted in anyways. At that point I was too scared to go to sleep, so I did the only thing I could and kept reading. And at 6 AM before the sun came up I reached 100% and it was finally okay to leave the bedroom to pee.

When the story starts out you’re thrown right into the action, the Zombie Hunters are in Josh’s backyard battling the undead just as he cracks the bat the zombie squeals and cries out in pain. Wait. What? The group are practicing their tactics for when the dead begin to rise. Josh is obsessed with zombies, he knows everything there is to know about them. He takes notes from movies, follows the zombie forums online, and watches the news. But when the riots start happening and people are turning into the living dead he wants his Mom and Dad.

When reading this books it’s easy to forget that it was written for MG/YA. Rhiannon did such a superb job in making this book scary without using the excessive gore, language, or sexual content that most horror books or movies contain. None of that cheapens the story though when a group of school children have to endure the real hardships of a zombie apocalypse. Josh and his friends the Zombie Hunters are forced to make hard and fast decisions crucial to their survival, they are faced with having to kill those that they love and they haven’t even reached puberty. 

This book has to be one of the most underrated books on Amazon with less than 30 reviews! It’s easily one of the best books I’ve read in the last year. Fast paced, great characters, and unlike anything I’ve read before. I recommend this book for anyone who loves a good story, especially a good zombie story. 

And now my question for you is, how do you think the kids in your life would fare in the zombie apocalypse?


About Rhiannon Frater

Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of over a dozen books, including the As the World Dies zombie trilogy (Tor), as well as independent works such as The Last Bastion of the Living (declared the #1 Zombie Release of 2012 by Explorations Fantasy Blog and the #1 Zombie Novel of the Decade by B&N Book Blog), and other horror novels.

Her latest releases are In Darkness We Must Abide (self-published) The Mesmerized (Permuted Pres), and Dead Spots (Tor).

She was born and raised a Texan and presently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and furry children (a.k.a pets). She loves scary movies, sci-fi and horror shows, playing video games, cooking, dyeing her hair weird colors, and shopping for Betsey Johnson purses and shoes.

Contact her at rhiannonfrater at

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