Zombies vs. Unicorns
Editors: Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier
Authors: Alaya Dawn Johnson, Maureen Johnson, Carrie Ryan [also wrote The Forest of Hands and Teeth], Scott Westerfeld [also wrote Leviathan], Meg Cabot [also wrote Avalon High], Garth Nix, Kathleen Duey, Margo Lanagan, Naomi Novik, Diana Peterfreund, Libba Bray, and Cassandra Clare
Pages [hardcover]: 415
Favorite Stories: Prom Night, Princess Prettypants
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?
Wow. How many great authors can you pack into one collection? This book had stories with romance, horror stories, random snatches of people’s lives. So many different, fantastic stories . . . I often didn’t want to go on, to read the next story, because I was still caught up with the characters in the last one. That’s the only thing about anthologies I dislike: Once you get close to the characters, it’s time to say your good-byes. But I also love them, because if you dislike one story, you may turn out to love the next.
I didn’t dislike any story. Sure, there were some that seemed to drag a bit, and I prompty forgot about them once I turned the page, yet others left more of an impact on me. The diversity was great, and I especially loved the little banter between Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier before every story. Holly was the editor for Team Unicorn, Justine for Team Zombie.
I loved Unicorn and Zombie stories alike. Some had killer unicorns or brain-munching zombies, others featured unicorns with healing powers or zombies that could still love, though their heart stopped beating long before.
I have to say, though, I am definitely on Team Unicorn! (: When you can heal whoever you want to, while also threaten anyone you don’t like (hey, a large and sharp horn on your pet’s forehead has to be there for a reason..), what’s not to love?
I give Zombies vs. Unicorns 5/5 stars. It was funny, sweet, horrifying, and delightful, all wrapped up in an awesomely covered anthology.