I must admit that I am a fan of Darren Shan, I've been reading his work on and off for many years. I also like a good zombie book. I didn't expect some of the elements that were in this book, mainly the abuse and the racism. I love a book to be hard hitting and thought provoking and I felt this book succeeded in both. I would not recommend this book for younger readers though as Darren Shan does not hold back in his descriptions. The ending in my opinion was a little bit weak, hence a four star rating instead of a five but I will have to read the next one to see how it continues. I thought the twist in it was very clever, good ol' sneaky Darren Shan. I had to re-read the page to check I actually read it right. You got me haha!