Darren Shan, in an interview, said he set out to write a different kind of zombie novel. One that isn’t just attacks and brain eating. And that’s what he does. B’s father is a racist, and quite loud about it. B struggles with, not only the threat of zombies, but also whether or not to follow in his father’s footsteps. We think we know who B is, but in true Darren Shan fashion, what we think we know may not actually be true.
While I think B’s struggle between accepting and rejecting the racist ideology is a real struggle that people contend with, I feel like the conversation about it presented the issue in a heavy-handed manner, which was kind of a turn off for me as a reader. I haven’t read any other Darren Shan, but many students in my school have gone through the entire Cirque Du Freak series and loved it, so I am curious to see how he handles other issues.