Rusty Fischer delivers another fun-filled zombie romp with Detention of the Living Dead. More fun, silliness, teenage infatuation, and humor drips from the pages than the usual gore of a zombie-centered novel. I, for one, am very thankful for that. I’m not into gory stuff.
Maxine “Max” Compton is in detention (with Nikki, Bobby, Jaycee, and Cory) when a zombie infestation starts. What follows is their journey becoming a zombie. There’s a little bit too much vomiting in one case, but that’s the only thing that turned me off. I liked Max’s sense of humor and the way the other characters were explored. There was one case where I wanted to reach into the pages of my Kindle and slap Max for her behavior, but it was really understandable in a way. It also cemented her as a good person, who meant well, but just wasn’t fully aware of everything that was going on around her.
As usual, Rusty doesn’t portray his zombies as the stereotypical brain crazed, mindless, arms outreached with one leg limping slightly behind them zombie. After their complete turn the remaining surviving zombies can think and act just like humans – with the minor exceptions that they are living dead, crave brains, and their skins is now a whole lot paler.
Detention of the Living Dead is a well balanced mix of teenage angst, hormones, humor, and fantasy that should satisfy Rusty’s fan and gain attention of those who haven’t read anything by him yet. I’m always looking forward to what Rusty will deliver next to his fans.