Blue Moon by James Ponti: Fans of DEAD CITY Will Not Be Disappointed

Molly is ready for more nonstop, undead action in this follow-up to Dead City, which Kirkus Reviews described as “a fast-paced read for those who like their zombies with just a little fright.”
When Molly Bigelow discovered that zombies shared New York with humans, she didn’t think life could get more shocking. Then she learned that her mother was once one of the greatest zombie killers ever—and she discovered that her dead mother is not technically dead at all (although she isn’t alive, either).

Molly’s efforts to keep these secrets and to help her Omega team track down the identity of the original thirteen zombies will take her from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade to New Year’s Eve in Times Square. Her loyalties to friends and family will be put to the test. And her life will be changed in ways she never could have imagined.

“I, Molly Bigelow, resolve to stay alive.”

That’s it.

Right from the start, I can see James Ponti’s signature voice in Molly and through her. I love the humor in her narration and I really liked the way Ponti addressed the issues of the first book, such as the ending where Molly meets a certain someone. I thought that was really important, like the way Robert Downey Jr’s IRON MAN 3 had to address the trauma that he had from the ending of the AVENGERS movie. And Ponti pulled it off. I really admired the realistic portrayal of what Molly went through and felt when all of these things happened to her and she found herself and her team, once again, on a case.

The detective work is really great here. As with DEAD CITY, there’s great themes of adventure and mystery to make sure the reader is never bored even when the pacing slows down. Everything really came together in BLUE MOON, the mythology surrounding the zombies was believable and fun. I almost wish there was more fighting scenes here like there was in DEAD CITY, but I did enjoy the deeper look into why the zombies are the way that they are and how the city comes together to shape the very world of how BLUE MOON is set. Overall, this is an impressive follow-up to Ponti’s first book in this series and fans of the first book will not be disappointed. 4 stars.

pg count for the hardback: 336

Series: Dead City

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