I saw this on Bookmark Your Thoughts and knew I had to do it. Because, you know, taking characters from some of my favourite books and subjecting them to a zombie apocalypse sounds just like the thing to do on Friday afternoon before term break. No regrets.
- Choose 5 books!
- Randomly set up your books in order.
- Flip to a random page in the book and write the first two names you see.
- Put the names in the categories listed below in the order you saw them!
- Cry at how screwed you are…
My Books (in order)
- The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid
- This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada
- One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
- S.T.A.G.S. by M.A. Bennett
- Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones
The first person to die: Neveni Sagnau, The Diabolic. Ugh, no way. There are way worse people on this list that should kick the bucket before Neveni. Plus, girl’s a survivor through and through, and one without most of the moral restraints that prevent other heroes from staying alive.
The person you trip to escape the zombies: Salivar Domitrian, The Diabolic. Wow, a good one. I have no issues whatsoever doing this, nope, none. Most of us would gladly trip this pedo rapist any day of the week and hope he got his brains eaten by zombies while at it.
The person that trips you to get away from the zombies: Catarina Agatta, This Mortal Coil. On one hand, I’d feel betrayed by one of my all-time favourite characters in YA, but on the other, she’s probably one of the smartest people to have ever walked the earth, and the planet’s best hope at eradicating the zombie virus. In fact, that’s basically the plot of This Mortal Coil. So…go for it, Cat? I guess I’ll take one for the team. Some sacrifices have to be made.
The first person to turn into a zombie: Lachlan Agatta, This Mortal Coil. Well, Lachlan sucks, so he deserves everything he’s getting if he gets zombified. His intelligence better not transfer over to zombie form, though, or else we’d all be kind of screwed.
The team idiot: TJ Forrester, One of Us Is Lying. I had next to no recollection of who TJ is or what he does before I went back and checked, so I can’t say I have many objections to this. He’s a high school student who makes typical high school mistakes, so team idiot can’t be too far a stretch.
The brains of the group: Jake Riordan, One of Us Is Lying. The good side–he is a psychopathic asshole who’s good at manipulating people, so he has some brains. The bad side–he is a psychopathic asshole who’s good at manipulating people, so reaaaally not sure this is the guy I want masterminding my band of survivors.
The team medic: Esme Dawson, S.T.A.G.S. Very similar to Jake, actually. Sure, she’s smart and beautiful and would be a great doctor if she wanted, but she’s also stunningly evil in the Riot Club/Russian oligarch heiress kind of way. Were she the team medic, she’d likely arrange cheeky “accidents” for the people she didn’t like (read: the filthy poor ones). Better not get injured, cause there’s no way I’d want my life in her hands.
The weapons expert: Henry Cookson, S.T.A.G.S. Has rich-boy firearms experience, check. Will happily shoot to kill, check. Overinflated ego, check. Like Esme, Cookson’s certainly qualified for his job, but you never know if he’s going to shoot the zombies or shoot you. This is the third villain in a row; what’s with my luck today? My squad is going to be pretty starved on the ethics.
The brawler: Käthe Vogler, Shadowsong. I don’t see this at all, honestly, but I’m down to see Käthe surprise me. Who knew she had a hidden wild side?
The team leader: Josef Vogler, Shadowsong. Lol. We’re screwed. Josef is in a…rather poor state during this book, dealing with enough baggage for an entire cargo plane. He’s in no shape to manage his own career, let alone the lives of a whole bunch of people running from death in the form of nasty, flesh-eating undead. At risk of sounding dark, half of my list are evil and/or morally corrupt, so one of them would probably depose Josef and take control before the first day’s done. On second thought, though, that’s hardly an improvement. Oh well, at least the new leader will be coldheartedly decisive.
How Long do I Survive?
Looking at my squad, there are some fairly hopeful additions like Catarina and Esme/Cookson if they don’t try to kill me first. But there are also quite a few, namely Käthe and Josef, that can’t possibly be suited to their roles. Amongst the competent team members, the only one I’d really trust with my safety is Cat because she’s not completely evil, but she did just trip me, so…
Yeah, I’m pretty screwed. Considering my companions and my personal lack of survival skills, I’d give myself three days at maximum–hopefully Jake or Cookson puts a bullet in my brain before the zombies get to me.