Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Review: Zombies VS Unicorns Anthology edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier

In this anthology, edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (unicorn and zombie, respectively), strong arguments are made for both sides in the form of short stories. Half of the stories portray the strengths –for good and evil –of unicorns and half show the good (and really, really bad-ass) side of zombies. This anthology will have everyone asking: Team Zombie or Team Unicorn? (summary from Publisher's website)

Oh boy. I don't even know where to begin. I had to have this book as soon as I heard about it. Zombies versus Unicorns. ZOMBIES. VERSUS. UNICORNS. I mean, REALLY. Could it get any better?! So not long after it was released I had it on my Kindle...and I've been reading it for months. No, seriously. MONTHS. Don't be mistaken - it's not a long book at all. I just...saved it. And savoured it. I saved it for whenever I was travelling by train (which, ok, isn't that often) or had only a short time to read. I read a story here. Then another story there. Until I finally finished it this past weekend. And continued to stare at the last page for a few minutes taking it all in.

This review isn't going to be very long. And possibly it will be a little incoherent. It is this: WOW. Just, WOW. I loved it. I highly recommend you read it if you haven't yet.

I contemplated saying something about every story, but decided to just stick to the basics. Each story is exceptional it its own way. I had moments where I drew eyes on the train because I cracked up laughing. I snickered quietly to myself like a crazy person. I screwed up my nose in disgust. I was horrified and terrified and so caught up in what I was reading that I was glad no one ever bumped me. I might have squealed. I had these moments for both the zombie AND unicorn stories. With stories by the likes of Meg Cabot, Kathleen Duey, Margo Lanagan, Garth Nix, Naomi Novik, Diana Peterfreund, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Maureen Johnson, Carrie Ryan, and Scott Westerfeld, it's not surprising.

When I first heard about Zombies Vs Unicorns, I thought I'd be Team Unicorn for sure. I'm one of those girls who grew up loving unicorns. I had this book with actual photos of unicorns (um, horses with fake horns), so I honestly believed (possibly, still believe...) they were real. BUT. My favourite story of the anthology happens to be a Team Zombie story (Love Will Tear Us Apart by Alaya Dawn Johnson). So. I'm a fence sitter, ok? Until one or the other carts me off to possibly do things I don't want to wonder about. Really, they were most often that scary. Maybe I'm just too afraid to pick a team...

Honestly, my absolute favourite thing about this anthology was Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier's bickering at the beginning of each story. Classic. If I ever have the honour of having these two ladies in the same room, I will purposely start a Zombies Vs Unicorns debate just to hear them bicker. HILARIOUS!

I'll say it again. Whether you think you'll be Team Unicorn or Team this book.


Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date Published: September 2010
Format: Kindle Edition


  1. It's really fantastic! Everything and more you'd expect from such an anthology.

    I only have it on Kindle!! :-( I saw it when we were browsing Borders, and I thought about getting it but didn't. I so should've!!