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Zombies vs. Unicorns
Zombies vs Unicorns
Author: Holly Black (Editor), Justine Larbalestier (Editor)
It is a question that has long been debated (well, since 2007): Which is better, the zombie or the unicorn?  Strong arguments are made for both sides.  Finally, this argument will be decided.  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 zombi...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781416989547
ISBN-10: 1416989544
Publication Date: 4/3/2012
Pages: 432
Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.

4.4 stars, based on 5 ratings
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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dukesangel002 avatar reviewed Zombies vs. Unicorns on + 91 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
A hilarious, action-packed, fun-filled read from the introduction until the end. I really loved almost all of the stories in this anthology. There was only 1 that just didn't do it for me, a couple that were only ok, but the majority of the stories were absolutely fabulous. My favorites?

Favorite Zombie Story: The Children of the Revolution by Maureen Johnson. This story was hilarious, snarky, and all together wonderful. I was laughing the whole time I was reading it.

Favorite Unicorn Story: The Care and Feeding of Your Baby Killer Unicorn by Diana Peterfreund. I've been wanting to start this killer unicorn series after raves from Lori and Candace, and this just makes me want to read it even more. Scary, action-packed, and wonderful.

My favorite thing in the book had to be the back and forth banter between Holly and Justine before each story. They would each state their case, unicorn or zombie, and do a little argument about the upcoming story and the merits to their side of the war. These were so funny that I kept my husband up late the night I was reading it just to read each one of them to

So, I guess the part we're all wondering is....where do I fall after reading this book?
Team Zombie or Team Unicorn
Since I love both types of stories I had to do a little work to really figure out which side of the fence that I fall on....
So, I rated each story as I went and added them up to see who would come out in the lead.
So, the part you've all been waiting for....
The score:

Unicorn - 21/30 stars
Zombie - 26/30 stars

Looks like I fall solidly into Team Zombie (sorry Holly, I really do love you and your rainbow-farting unicorns too!)
ophelia99 avatar reviewed Zombies vs. Unicorns on + 2527 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
When I saw that an anothology was being released called Zombies vs. Unicorns I had to read it. I am a big fan of both and wanted to see which lent itself to the better stories. I got an Advanced Reading Copy of this book through Book It Forward ARC Tours. It is a very fun and creative premise for an anthology and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

There is a short preamble before each story in which the editors (Larbalestier and Black) take sides on debating the positives and negatives of each mythological (can you call zombies mythological?) creature. These little mini-debates are hilarious and had me laughing out loud. There are six zombie stories and six unicorn stories. They are labeled with a unicorn or zombie on the top corner of the page so that haters of either creature can skip the offensive stories if they want too. I have to say that overall based on the stories team unicorn won this one. There are a ton of creative unicorn stories in here. There are also a couple very creative zombie stories, but most of the zombie stories tend toward the classic small group of isolated humans fighting against a mass of zombie with limited resources.

The biggest highlight for me in the zombie arena was "Love Will Tear Us Apart" by Alaya Dawn Johnson. Loved this story it was creative and well-written. The biggest highlights in the unicorn arena were "The Highest Justice" by Garth Nix (a very solid fantasy), "Purity Test" by Naomi Novik (unicorn story with a bit of an urban fantasy twist to it), "The Care and Feeding of Your Baby Killer Unicorn" by Diana Peterfreund (love this world and the dangerous unicorns), and "Princess Prettypants" by Meg Carbot (very ironic and fun).

I struggle a bit with this being a young adult anthology. There is a ton of swearing in a couple of the stories and some bestiality in one of them (implied not explicit).

Overall though I really enjoyed it and found myself tearing through these stories at a fast clip. An above average collection of stories and I loved the way the book was put together, it was just so much fun. The only thing lacking was a brief bio on each author at the end of the story to let us know what other books/stories they had written. See below for a brief review/description of each story included.

- The Highest Justice by Garth Nix (4.5/5)
Great fantasy story about a young girl who gets the help of a unicorn to avenge her mother's death. I liked it a lot.

- Love Will Tear Us Apart by Alaya Dawn Johnson (5/5)
Very funny story about a part zombie who falls in love with a zombie hunter and can't decide whether to eat him or love him. This was hilarious and very well done.

- Purity Test by Naomi Novik (5/5 stars)
A story about a unicorn who takes an uncoventional approach to getting a young girl to help him solve the crime of some missing unicorn babies. Again another very funny story filled with irony.

- Bougainvillea by Carrie Ryan (3/5 stars)
A more conventional zombie story about a young woman whose father is dictator of a Zombie-free island. Personally I found it to be a bit too serious and a little boring. The main character is okay but the story is fairly typical.

- A Thousand Flowers by Margo Lanagan (4/5 stars)
This was an interesting story about a Princess who is found ravished on the shore. When a man is wrongly blamed for her condition, what we find out about the Princess's lover is disturbing to say the least. This is mainly a fantasy story and overall it was well-written and I enjoyed it.

- The Children of Revolution by Maureen Johnson (4/5 stars)
This was also a somewhat disturbing story about a college student who is hired to take care of some...well...rather mentally strange children. Kind of funny and a lot creepy, I enjoyed this story and the style it was written in.

- The Care and Feeing of Your Baby Killer Unicorn by Diana Peterfreund (5/5 stars)
Loved this story. Those of your who haven't read her book Rampant should because it is awesome. This story takes place in the same world and involves a young woman learning how to take care of a killer baby unicorn. Very well done, lots of fun, and a great story. This is one to tide you over until you can read Ascendent, the next book by Peterfreund about killer unicorns.

- Inoculata by Scott Westerfeld (4/5 stars)
Another story about your typical man-eating zombies and a small group of humans surviving in the wilderness. This story has a bit of a twist to is that makes it a bit more interesting. Overall very readable and I enjoyed it.

- Princess Prettypants by Meg Carbot (5/5 stars)
This was a very fun story about a cloned pretty-princess-type unicorn who is given to the main character for her birthday. Well, the unicorn ends up being more than just another pretty face. This story was very readable, funny, and I enjoyed it a ton.

- Cold Hands by Cassandra Clare (4/5 stars)
This was a story about a town where the dead come back to life. The main character is determined to follow through on her relationship with her boyfriend even though he is killed and comes back...cold. I didn't like the characters much and the story was pretty serious, but the concept was kind of neat and it was overall a good read.

- The Third Virgin by Kathleen Duey (4/5 stars)
This was a disturbing unicorn story about a unicorn who grows addicted to sucking years of life from the people he heals. It takes meeting the right virgin for him to give everything another go. An interesting look at unicorns as a sympathetic villain of sorts. I enjoyed it.

- Prom Night by Libba Bray (3/5 stars)
Another story about an isolated group of people trying to survive world zombie infestation. The only difference is that this time only teens survived and it's prom night. This was okay, but not all that different from a lot of other "zombies taking over the world" stories that I have read.
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