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Review: Children Stand Up During ‘Zombie Youth: Playground Politics’

What will the survivors do when every one over the age of twenty suddenly dies in a viral outbreak? Worse yet, what will they do when the dead refuse stay that way?


I’ve read quite a few zombie novels as of late – some have been delightfully entertaining and suspenseful, others have been painful endeavors to sit through due to some discomforting and poorly written scenes.

However, this Zombie Youth: Playground Politics is a breath of fresh air that is much needed in the genre.

In true zombie fashion, a plague has spread across the world and turned adults into flesh-craving zombies while everyone else becomes lunch. That is save for a handful of students at Montville Regional School Complex who are not going down without a fight. Even with ravenous zombies and psychotic zealots knocking at their gates, our heroes intend to press on and show the world that humanity’s time is not yet over.

For a zombie novel, the story of Zombie Youth: Playground Politics is as uplifting and optimistic as it is exciting. Trapped in a world where any healthy adult may turn into a zombie at any time, Sam Maxwell and his friends are forced to rebuild society from what shattered civilization remnants they can gather with little support from their adult allies.

Even in this Armageddon, there is a message of hope for the future spoken of by the adults as they look on, hoping to do their part to keep the children safe so they may one day rule the world and shape it into something better. In a time where most zombie novels tend to focus on the end of days, this novel treats the zombies more as a reset button, hoping this time we can raise above that which we have been into something greater. H.E. Goodhue, congrats on a well-written a novel .