Friday 28 January 2022

Zombies Vs the Illuminati

Zombies Vs the Illuminati by John Larkin (Ford Street Publishing) RRP $17.99 ISBN 9781925804867

Reviewed by Wendy Haynes

Can Nicholas and his friends save the world from the Zombie Apocalypse? This page turning story first has 12-year-old Nicholas and his nerdy funny friends Josh and Callum holed up in Nicholas’ treehouse hiding from Zombies. The whole country is in lockdown but Nickel-ass as he is also known and his friends have been planning for an event like this.

The usually quiet town of Serenity is under attack and the only weapons they have to fight the Zombies is a lightsabre that doesn’t have any batteries, a sack of doorknobs, and a non-existent Pegasus.

Soon they are joined by Nicholas’ dog Shake who surprises everyone with his knowledge, and a sassy teenage girl Phoebe-Rose who wouldn’t normally be seen dead with nerds.

Before long they must flee the treehouse and are on a quest to save the world. They trek to Canberra to see the Prime Minster and deliver what they believe is an anecdote to save humanity.

The story for 9–12-year-olds is humorous, and the author sometimes jumps into the story to comment. The similes used throughout are unique, fun, and witty, and the play on words and situations will have you laughing in this fast-paced story.

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