Monday, 24 February 2014

Review: Home by Tommy Donbavand

Publisher: Badger Learning
Format: Paperback
Released: January, 2014
Rating: 8/10

Summary from author site:

How much would you miss your family if you were suddenly separated from them? What would you do to get back to where you belong? When 14 year old Danny loses his brother, Max, he’s amazed at just how far his twin will go to find his way home.


Home is published by Badger Learning as part of a series of books designed to make reluctant readers read. If this book doesn't do the trick, I'll eat my hat! I've read it twice already - it's a lot different to what Tommy Donbavand usually writes (there's less humour and it's darker) but it's just as good.

At just fifty-four pages, Home is a quick read, more like a short story you'd find in an anthology of zombie stories. I'm amazed at how much is packed into that short page count; I became attached to Danny and his family even though their page time is limited.

The gist of the story is simple but effective: there's a car crash and Danny's twin brother, Max, dies. But that isn't the last Danny sees of him. *insert sinister music here* What follows is a macabre few days, culminating in an emotional scene usually reserved for new episodes of The Walking Dead. It's surprisingly heart-wrenching!

If you are one or know of a teenager who struggles to read or find a book to hold their attention, please do recommend Home. It's fast, punchy, shocking and a bit gory, perfect for zombie mania that's been sweeping the nation over the last couple of years. It's a fantastic introduction to the world of YA fiction and isn't that far removed from Jonathan Maberry's Rot and Ruin series. Home is great fun - well, that's if you think rotting arms falling off are fun, like I do...

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