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Anna And The Apocalypse
Anna and The Apocalypse

Book Title: Anna And The Apocalypse

Book Description: Anna and the Apocalypse is a horror comedy about a teenager who faces down a zombie apocalypse with a little help from her friends. Anna Shepherd is a straight-A student with a lot going on under the surface: she's struggling with her mom's death, total friend drama, and the fallout from wasting her time on a very attractive boy. She's looking forward to skipping town after graduation--but then a zombie apocalypse majorly disrupts the holidays season. It's going to be very hard to graduate from high school without a brain.  To save the day, Anna, her friends, and her frenemies will have to journey straight to the heart of one of the most dangerous places ever known, a place famous for its horror, terror, and pain...high school.  This novel is inspired by the musical feature film, Anna and the Apocalypse.

Book Author: Katherine Turner and Barry Waldo

Book Format: EBook

Date published: October 23, 2018

Illustrator: 1250318807

ISBN: 272

  • Writing - 7/10
    7/10
  • Development - 6/10
    6/10
  • Conclusion - 6.5/10
    6.5/10
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Anna and the Apocalypse by Katherine Turner and Barry Waldo

 

Anna and the Apocalypse is a horror comedy about a bunch of teens trying to survive the zombie apocalypse.  Sounds pretty typical, right? Well, as it turns out there are quite a few twists to this novel, starting with the fact that the book is based on a movie of the same name.

Yes, you read that right. This is a book based on a movie, not the other way around. The movie released in 2017 with an R rating. It’s a typical zombie movie, with a couple of exceptions. For one thing, it’s a comedy. For another, it’s also a musical.

Writing

Anna and the Apocalypse doesn’t read like any other zombie novel that I’ve encountered. That is likely because it was based on a movie. A movie that included lots of singing and dancing from my understanding. Unfortunately, those elements didn’t translate quite right when moved to novel form. You can tell where those scenes were supposed to occur, but instead were just sort of…left there. It did actively feel like something was missing at times. I’m not sure I would have guessed it was music had I not known it was a movie originally.

There are a lot of classic zombie tropes in this novel, which could be good or bad depending on your opinion. I personally like to see a trope or two, because it ties back into the original genre better. Those tropes can also lend to humorous moments, so I’d actually expect to see more of them in a comedic version of the zombie apocalypse like this.

There are also a fair amount of tropes surrounding teenagers, schools, and small towns. Again all of these could lend very well to a more comedic take on the story. Some of them succeeded, but others ended up falling flat. I have a feeling that these moments, in particular, came off better in the movie version than in the book.

Anne is the main character of the novel, but she isn’t the only perspective shown throughout. The other perspectives did help to round out the story and show us events happening at the other side of town. They also tried really hard to develop relationships through the switching perspectives. I personally didn’t feel like it worked, but that could have been my lack of connection to specific characters.

Development

The introduction to the novel started off with a bang, almost literally. From there events progressed quite rapidly. This makes sense because zombies don’t exactly take time to nap or allow people to realize what’s happening.

You can tell that more effort was put into developing certain characters over others. Anna got the most attention, with her father probably being the second in line. Unless you want to count the surprise antagonist. But I would argue that the surprise antagonist was lacking development more than anything.

It would have been nice had there to be more of this novel at the end. Instead, it sort of felt like it just ended with no warning. One moment there were a bunch of teens fighting zombies, and the next I’m at the last page in the book.

Conclusion

There is a lot of potential to Anna and the Apocalypse. I strongly suspect that a lot of the really good parts got lost in translation from movie to novel. Without having seen the movie I can’t be certain though. I imagine fans of the movie would enjoy the novelization of it though.

There were plenty of comical scenes, and a lot of fun B-movie style gore and fight scenes. In short, it is perfect for a casual zombie read.

Have you read this? What did you think?


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