Dead City

Dead City

4.26 (2,993 ratings by Goodreads)
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The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins says this paranormal action-adventure "breathes new life into the zombie genre" and has "a terrific twist of an ending." Most kids have enough to deal with between school, homework, extracurricular activities, and friends, but Molly Bigelow has something else on her list: hunting zombies. By day, Molly attends MIST--the Metropolitan Institute of Science and Technology--but outside the classroom she's busy dealing with the undead. Because not only do zombies exist, they're everywhere, and it's her job to help police them and keep the peace. Sure, she'd like to be a regular kid, but given that her mother was the most revered (or feared, depending on your perspective) zombie hunter in the history of New York City, "regular" just isn't possible. Molly's got some legendary footsteps to follow--and some undeadly consequences if she fails.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 277 pages
  • 141 x 224 x 24mm | 372g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 1442441291
  • 9781442441293
  • 2,013,850

Review quote

In Ponti's breezy and adventure-driven story, readers follow Molly and the Omegas as they connect the dots between the explosion, Little Women, the Dewey Decimal System and the Periodic Table of Elements. It works. Ponti incorporates New York City sights and gory zombie descriptions in a quick transit to an exciting finale with high-blown dramatics and a surprisingly tender moment. A fast-paced read for those who like their zombies with just a little fright.
- Kirkus Reviews, September 2012
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About James Ponti

James Ponti is the New York Times bestselling author of three middle grade book series: the all-new City Spies, about an unlikely squad of five kids from around the world who form an elite MI6 Spy Team; the Edgar Award-winning Framed! series, about a pair of tweens who solve mysteries in Washington, DC; and the Dead City trilogy, about a secret society that polices the undead living beneath Manhattan. His books have appeared on more than fifteen different state award lists and he is the founder of a writers group known as the Renegades of Middle Grade. James is also an Emmy-nominated television writer and producer who has worked for many networks including Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, PBS, History, and Spike TV, as well as NBC Sports. He lives with his family in Orlando, Florida. Find out more at
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Rating details

2,993 ratings
4.26 out of 5 stars
5 48% (1,447)
4 34% (1,016)
3 14% (421)
2 2% (70)
1 1% (39)

Our customer reviews

Dead City is a smart zombie read filled with sarcastic humor, my favorite! Molly, the main character is low on friends at the super smart school she attends - she doesn't quite fit in, which makes her both relatable and admirable at the same time - she doesn't give in to staying friends with those who don't deserve her friendship. We don't see her on her own for too long though as the storyline picks up quickly and she is recruited into a zombie hunting group. This is no ordinary zombie hunting groups and the zombies function at different levels, which makes this a unique story as well. It isn't just a sudden outbreak of zombies either and I loved this new take on them, where they live and why. It's a really easy book to read, so much fun that I wasn't paying attention to the time. The next book is one I'm keeping my eye out for too - I want to see where the story goes and how much further Molly's kick-butt skills can get her. Book Received: For free from publisher in exchange for an honest review ARC reviewed by Jessica for Book more
by Jessica
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