If you’re my age, you often sit around fondly remembering the “Choose Your Own Adventure” book series that entertained us so much when we were young. And if you love zombies as much as I do, you’ve probably asked yourself, “Why weren’t there any zombie ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ books?” Well, ask yourself no longer, because Chooseomatic books has brought us Zombocalypse Now, a totally sweet and surprisingly thick book written in the “Choose Your Own Adventure” style that is, quite simply, a fantastic zombie book.
Each page of Zombocalypse Now offers you the results of your previous decisions, and (hopefully) gives you a set of actions for you to choose from – creating a large and complex web of storylines that navigate their way through the book. At almost 300 pages, “Zombocalypse Now” puts you in the role of the protagonist, a stuffed bunny who quickly discovers that his internet date isn’t going as well as he hoped it would when his date begins to crave brains. From those beginnings, you navigate your way through a slew of close calls, hard decisions and surprise plot twists in your quest to find an ending that doesn’t actually result in you dying. (The book advertises that out of 112 possible endings, there are at least seven in which you don’t die.) During the first half hour of my reading, I:
- Drank myself to the point of madness and was eaten by zombies while attempting to mix more drinks,
- Was eaten by a flock of zombie seagulls,
- Was shot by rescuers who mistook my filthy madness for zombification.
And that’s just the beginning. The great thing about Zombocalypse Now is the fact that you can pick it up, read it for five or ten minutes, savor your inevitable and likely hilarious death, and put it down again – and everytime you pick it up, it’s different; there are dozens of different primary threads leading to hundreds of possible endings.
When it comes to Christmas and holiday zombie gifts for the zombiephile in your life, Zombocalypse Now is definitely worth your attention. Youngmark’s writing shines in the Chooseomatic format; his voice is constantly humorous and you’ll quickly grow attached to his stuffed protagonist; the book is truly fun to read and is as thick as a novel, packed with action, humor, and plenty of gore – just like any good zombie story should be.
Although he has yet to successfully navigate myself to a solution in which I don’t die, this Zombiephile is going to keep trying, in preparation for the inevitable and imminent zombie apocalypse. Surely if I can’t even navigate a stuffed bunny through the zombie outbreak, I’m not prepared to lead the post-zombie new world order – so Zombocalypse Now is going to sit on my bedside table until I survive the zombocalypse.