Zombies Vs. Unicorns
edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier
This collection of short stories attempts to answer the question: Which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? There’s really no question of course. Team zombie wins with stories like Alaya Dawn Johnson’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” in which a teenage boy infected with ZSE falls in love with a zombie hunter, and Scott Westerfeld’s “Inoculata,” which features four teenagers who find a way to live halfway between zombies and humans. Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, and Carrie Ryan also pitch in to secure the win.
While Team Unicorn was clearly outclassed, they did come through with some enjoyable stories. Meg Cabot’s “Princess Prettypants” even features a unicorn that actually farts rainbows! “The Care and Feeding of Your Baby Killer Unicorn” by Diana Peterfreund was creepy enough to almost make me want my own baby killer unicorn. Kathleen Duey, Garth Nix, Margo Lanagan, and Naomi Novik also pitch in.
Four fingers up.