I checked out this book because I am a fine, upstanding parental figure and I wanted to make sure the contents were appropriate for my daughter before I let her read it. That is absolutely the reason I chose to read this book. Yep. Ah-huh. Definitely.
Flying Mutant Zombie Rats. Flying. Mutant. Zombie. Rats. Who in Cthulhu’s name can walk away from a book with a title like Flying Mutant Zombie Rats? No self-respecting horror-reading bookworm, that’s for sure! Flying rats? Nah. Zombie Rats? Possibly. Mutant Rats? Maybe. Flying Mutant Zombie Rats? Shut up and take my money.
So, er, now to talk about something more than the title of the book, yeah?
Flying Mutant Zombie Rats was a fun read. The main characters are a bunch of BMXing seventh grade boys starting their summer vacation. They’re good (albeit rowdy) kids, obsessed with their bikes, a solid group of friends, and they’re going to save the city with nothing more than their wits and bikes. Right? Well, almost. See, there’s not only Flying Mutant Zombie Rats, there’s something else as well. (You’ll have to read to find out.)
This is definitely a kids book, and unless you’re well in touch with your inner child, it’s not going to appeal to adults. It moves along quickly, there’s some icky stuff, some training sequences, some heroic attempts at self-sacrifice, and lots of action. And given the title of the book, hopefully you don’t go into it expecting realism in any area, because other than the biking scenes, there isn’t any.
Flying Mutant Zombie Rats is a great book to engage a reluctant reader who is interested in the gross and icky side of things. Especially so if they like BMX biking. I’d definitely recommend checking it out.