“I love a good, solid, middle-grade action book, and James Ponti has definitely upped the ante for the books out there with this gem of a novel. Molly Bigelow is a fun, quirky, and definitely brave young girl who enjoys hanging out in the morgue - but even more so, she's fearless when it comes to stepping in and taking up the reins of an Omega. To be honest, I wasn't sure if this was going to be a novel I'd enjoy - I've had about enough of zombies and out of all the paranormal creatures out there, they tend to be the least enjoyable to think about. I mean, rotting flesh, gross teeth, all that dirt from being underground, not exactly your typical fresh-smelling sort of date, you know?
But zombies aren't just normal zombies in this book. There's an added twist - they can actually think and speak, depending on the level of the zombie. There's emotion in there as well - and that's where Molly Bigelow comes in. She and her friends are there to be the wall of separation should a wayward zombie decide to attack the living.
I laughed out loud many times throughout this book, and found Dead City to be a fascinating look at no only what being brave can do for a young person, but also a lesson in consequences when rules are disobeyed. Molly was a flawed character and that is a good thing. I enjoyed the story arc so much I was willing to overlook most of the inconsistencies I found (of which there were a few) - but the one I did struggle with, I admit, was the idea that Molly as a warm-blooded person, could be mistaken for a zombie when touched by another zombie. However, that didn't occur all that often and the rest, as I said, were easy to overlook for the sake of the story as a whole.
I very much look forward to the next installment of this exciting series and am glad that James Ponti is writing a story that combines strong male and female characters. It's about time we saw something of equal strength on both sides of the equation!”