Again, this isn’t really a Halloween book, but I think you get the point by now. Split Screen: Attack of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies by Brent Hartinger (HarperCollines, $6.99 ebook) is the third volume of books that, while not a trilogy exactly, focus on a core group of characters. In The Geography Club, Russell and friends start a gay-straight alliance under the guise of a ‘boring’ geography club. The adventures and misadventures continue in The Order of the Poison Oak, when Russell (with his friends, of course) becomes a camp counselor for the summer. In Split Screen, the narrative is divided into two books, Attack of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies and Bride of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies. One book narrated by Russell, the other by one of his best friends, Min. The two of them — plus assorted friends, boyfriends, girlfriends, and potentials — sign up to be extras in a zombie movie that is being filmed in their high school. Unlike other popular YA novels, this book doesn’t alternate between the two narrators, but instead presents two distinct perspectives of the same events to be read separately. First, read Russell’s story from the front, then flip the book over and read Min’s story starting from the back. voilà! Double feature! (does anyone else now have the Rocky Horror Picture Show opening song playing in your head? ) The similarities between zombies and high-school students are not lost on either Russell or Min. Both struggle to find ways of staying themselves even when everyone around them seems just a little bit mindless. This isn’t a horror story at all, but fans of the genre will recognize and appreciate the tropes that infuse this unique and engaging narrative.

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