Library Journal Review
Gr 6 Up-Picking up shortly after Dead City (S & S, 2012) ends, Molly Bigelow and her Omega Team face new challenges while combating the undead in New York City. Now part of the elite Baker's Dozen, the group is charged with uncovering the present identities and tracking the whereabouts of the original 13 zombies. They must discover which zombie will replace Marek as leader, why certain creatures are turning up permanently dead, and what clues are hidden in subway stations and various landmarks. Stakes are high as the genius teen detectives race against time to piece together leads. Ponti weaves a complex plot full of suspense and intrigue. Through the super sleuthing of the talented agents, the history of Manhattan's undead is revealed. Especially intriguing are the flashbacks from the man responsible for an 1896 mining explosion, Milton Blackwell. Likable characters and a witty narrative, coupled with the themes of friendship, loyalty, and betrayal, make this page-turning adventure a must-have. A satisfying and engaging read that will leave fans wanting more.-Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
Finding, fighting, and even protecting zombies is serious extracurricular work for Molly Bigelow and her three Omega team pals from Dead City (2012). In this butt-kicking sequel, they join the Baker's Dozen project. Their assignment? Monitor the Unlucky 13, the Blackwell family men killed in an 1896 subway tunnel digging explosion. The Blackwells roam freely as undead with constantly changing names. Forced to rely on old-school deductive reasoning and methods, Molly and her friends unearth plans for the biggest undead event ever, scheduled for New Year's Eve in Times Square. Manhattan landmarks (the Flatiron Building, Grand Central Station, museums) roll history, science, and geography into the story. While this doesn't fully recap the first book, readers will catch up easily. Molly is an engaging narrator, and Ponti's writing is full of humor and action. Give this to fans of Suzanne Collins' Gregor the Overlander (2003) or J. Scott Savage's Case File 13 series.--Fredriksen, Jeanne Copyright 2010 Booklist