Publisher: Saga Press (Simon & Schuster)
Release Date: September 21st, 2010
Format: Paperback, 415 pages
Summary Via GoodReads
My Rating: ★★★
It's a question as old as time itself: which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? 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. Contributors include many bestselling teen authors, including Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Meg Cabot, Scott Westerfeld, and Margo Lanagan. This anthology will have everyone asking: Team Zombie or Team Unicorn?
So...I have to admit I am Team Zombie! I mean of course I am! This shouldn't have been such a surprise to me. I just found the zombie stories in this collection way more interesting than the unicorn stories. I will admit, that I was never the little girl that liked unicorns and pink, so maybe this was just me. I just didn't really care that much about the unicorn stories. I did like Garth Nix's story, but I think he misunderstood the prompt because it seemed like he wrote a story about both zombies and unicorns. I kind of liked Meg Cabot's unicorn story but that might have just been because she is my favorite author. I'll be the first to admit I have some author blindlove sometimes.
One of the things this anthology did that I haven't really seen before was use editorial commentary. Before each story Editors Holly Black (Team Unicorn) and Justine Larbalestier (Team Zombie) would have commentary about the story you were about to read. Often it was Justine trying to tell the readers that Zombies were more superior. I thought this was interesting at first, but towards the end of it I found it really annoying. So just keep that in mind, and if it annoys you too you can skip these without it affecting your impression on the stories themselves.
So I definitely just found the Zombie stories more interesting, because they were about survival and the human condition, and they all went about them in different ways. So I thought that was clever. I didn't find any of them sounding too similar, they all had a unique way about them. I think that Carrie Ryan's Bougainvillea and Maureen Johnson's Children of the Revolution were my favorite stories in the collection. I did find all of the Zombie stories amazing, but I felt they just left more of an impression on me.
I think if you like the Walking Dead or zombies in general this will be an interesting book to read. Not so sure if this one is for Unicorn fans. I did enjoy reading this, but I think I just had really high expectations for it. Not that it was bad, I think I just wanted more out of it.