The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and the Undead
by Mark Twain & Don Borchert
Cover Artist: Frank Stockton
Review by Harriet Klausner
Tor Books Trade Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765327291
Date: 03 August 2010 List Price $13.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
When Tom Sawyer was just a lad, a plague spread across the land turning the dead into mindless zombies who can only can be laid to their final rest by decapitation or a bullet into their brain. Like anything else, people got used to them; so for instance Tom and his Aunt Polly go about their normal everyday businesses, but remain vigilant and always prepared to kill a Zum (southernism for zombies). From official release/information:
From back of book: Tom Sawyer. Zombie Hunter. Or at least that's the plan. It's Tom Sawyer like you've never seen him before, in a swashbuckling, treasure-seeking adventure spiked with blood, gore, and zombie madness.
In this expanded and illustrated edition of Mark Twain's beloved tale of boyhood adventure. Tom's usual mishaps are injected with a taste of the macabre, in a world over-run by a zombie virus known in the South as "Zum". The United States is infected with a plague of rotting, yet spry, Zum searching for fresh meat.
In this world, there's no need to whitewash Aunt Polly's fence. Instead Tom cons his friends into sharpening the fence posts to stop a Zum attack. To escape the constraints of civilized life, Tom and his pal Huckleberry Finn don't have to fake their deaths, just pretend to be Zum. And instead of cowboys and Indians, Tom practices his fighting skill in a bloodthirsty game of "Us and Zum"--and he always wins.
When vicious, self-aware zombies emerge and threaten the town...how will Tom and Huck win, and live to tell their tale?
With all the comedy, romance, and adventure that readers expect form Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer now becomes a new breed of hero--a grade-A zombie hunter.
(Source: Tor Books)