Ms. Showalter's follow up to last year's ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND is a smashing success. As with the first book, THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS is action-packed, fast-paced, and the romance sizzles. This time, though, Ali is facing an inner demon that threatens both her survival and the survival of everyone she loves, and Cole is being a hard-headed idiot when it comes to matters of the heart, so the stakes were raised for the characters we've grown to know and love. Just like the first book, the sequel is compulsively readable.
Once more, the characters shine. The entire cast of characters each feel fully realized with distinct voices and agendas, while also still sounding like the teenagers that they are. I enjoyed the new additions to the cast, and was pleasantly surprised at the character growth some of the original characters displayed. Ali's own growth is phenomenal, and readers will love seeing the smart, outspoken, loyal heroine come fully into her own under great duress.
What Left Me Wanting More:
The conspiracy theories from book one seem to multiply in this book, and while I love a good conspiracy, there were a few times when I felt a bit overwhelmed or lost by all the many players. Readers may also want to smack Cole in the head with a shoe for the first half of the book as his alpha male tendencies do him no favors in his relationship with Ali. Rest assured, however, that he does redeem himself by the end and proves that even seriously hard-headed alpha males can learn their lessons.
Action, heartbreak, swoony times and plenty of twists--this book has it all. Impossible to put down.