On Saturday I attended a bloggers' event held by the lovely people at Simon and Schuster. The event was arranged so that they could showcase some of their forthcoming 2012 and 2013 titles. As we were taken through the new releases, month by month, it was very clear that many of their YA books scheduled for the remainder of this year are more suitable for girls than boys (this is in no way a criticism - girls are just as important). However, if I'm brutally honest there was only one title that I wanted to hear more about, and that was Darren Shan's Zom-B.
I have already mentioned in a blog post how much I was looking forward to reading this, and I was incredibly excited to come away from that event with a proof copy of the first book in the Zom-B series. Not only this, but we were also shown a finished hardcover copy (with dustwrapper) of the book, and I can report that it looks stunning. The end papers are illustrated by Warren Pleece, as are a number of pages throughout the book, and these images will really add to the story. I managed to read all but the last three chapters of Zom-B on the train home from London and it is everything I had hoped for and more. Watch this space as my review will appear nearer its September publication date.
We were also given a very sneak preview of the cover for the second book in the series, Zom-B Underground, and as Darren has now tweeted it and added it to his website I thought I would pop it on here for you guys to see. I am guessing it has been created by Cliff Neilson as I believe he was the illustrator responsible for the cover of the first book. As with the first, I think it is a brilliant cover, and this series of twelve books is going to look fantastic as a complete collection.
Make sure to visit Darren Shan's own website regularly for more Zom-B info as it is released.