Release Date: September 21, 2010
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Amazon & Publisher
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
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?
I have never reviewed an anthology, so I really don’t know where to begin. I guess I will start off by saying that I usually do not like short stories, or reading a book of short stories all at one time. I usually grow bored with them. I like to have lots of character development and plot building and you just can’t do that in short stories, but I am happy to say that I did not grown bored with Zombies vs. Unicorns.
Every single author in the book is fantastic and their stories were fantastic as well. I was planning on naming my favorite zombie story and my favorite unicorns story, but as I look back through them, I just can’t pick! I’ll try to touch on a few of my favorites.
I think my favorite was definitely Cold Hands by Cassandra Clare. This story was amazing! I want it to be the start of a new series! Forget about the Mortal Instruments, this was more awesome than those. (Yes I did just say that!) The world she creates in this story has endless possibilities and I wish we could explore them all. The characters were fantastic and Cassandra really made you feel their love for each other even though it was short. If you read one story in this anthology make it this one!
Inoculata by Scott Weterfeld was also fantastic. It’s another one that I wish was the beginning of a new series or book. I loved the idea of his ‘cure’ and the ending left you wanting more.
I have never read anything by Meg Cabot so I didn’t know what to expect when it came time to read Princess Prettypants. The name alone is terrifying, but the story was great! How can you go wrong with a unicorn that farts rainbows?
I also love The Children of the Revolution by Maureen Johnson. It was funny and eerie at the same time. It was a lot of fun.
I, of course, loved The Care and Feeding of Your Baby Killer Unicorn by Diana Peterfreund. I’m a huge fan of the Killer Unicorn series, so I was excited to read this one, and I was happy to see that it was about the back story of the new character that shows up in Ascendant. I can’t wait to learn more about her!
Those are only my favorites. All the stories were good. Another thing that made the book awesome were the introductions (a.k.a. arguments) between Holly and Justine! They made me laugh many times. And have you saw this book in person? Its amazing! The artwork and design are so detailed!
I highly suggest that you read Zombies vs. Unicorns! Especially if you are a fan of any of these authors. But what you really want to know is which team, right? Going into this book I was team unicorn, but now I’m not so sure. Do I have to pick?