Z Children: The Surge by Eli Constant and B.V. Barr

Z Children: The Surge

By: Eli Constant
Genres: Horror
Pages: 225
Series: Z Children #2
Published on: July 5, 2016
Z Children: The Surge by Eli Constant and B.V. Barr

The forecast for tomorrow?

Z Children 2: The Surge is action-packed from start to finish. Focusing on JW & Virginia's group, the story captures the true ugliness and sacrifice that goes along with survival.

Buckle up as a rescue mission is brimming with spine-tingling terror. An armored truck becomes the new Alamo. And there's a wedding which is anything but ‘a happily ever after’.

JW's group has made camp in a hotel overlooking a Dallas hospital where someone is trapped. Bonnie and Ranger, the now inseparable duo, have faith that JW can, not only stay alive, but also save this person from an otherwise certain death. JW, however, isn't so sure. He’s faced enemies before, but nothing as unsettling as the innocent death masks these Z children wear.

The ex-special forces drifter used to believe he’d seen the worst the world had to offer.
He was wrong.

Also by this author: Dead Trees 2, Dead Trees, Z Children

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Eli Constant and B.V. Barr are some seriously twisted individuals. Z Children: The Surge is full of great zombie action and some very…creative….scenes. It’s a great continuation of the first book and we get a peek at what everyone has been up to since the last book.


There is one point in this book where all I have written down for my notes is…”oh fuck no”. It’s probably in the top 3 for the most disturbing scenes from a zombie book that I have ever read. Of those top 3 places, Constant and Barr hold spots 2 and 3, with only one of Claire C. Riley’s scenes from her Odium series ahead of them. And there is definitely not a huge margin in between them. They could probably be interchangeable given the day and my mood. This scene is at the airport, and I think it would be disturbing enough with just one aspect of it, but it’s multi-faceted disturbing. There are multiple elements of sickness in this scene. You’ll know it when you see it. You can’t NOT know it.


I seriously hate the character Chris. I want to either punch her in the throat or feed her to the zombies. All she does is run off at the mouth and piss everyone off. Her personality sucks. It’s a character flaw btw, not the writing. Constant and Barr have done a great job of developing a character that is worth hating. Just when you think the crap that comes out of her mouth couldn’t be any more condescending, she opens it again.


I really did enjoy this book immensely. I actually think I liked this book even better than the first book, Z Children: Awakening. If you like zombie books, and aren’t squeamish (which if you are reading zombie books, I certainly hope not), this is a great book to make you cringe in a good way. I highly recommend this series to anyone looking for something different from your run of the mill zombie book.


5 fangs

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About Eli Constant


Eli attended USC-L, Columbia College, Texas A&M, & George Mason University. She studied everything from Mariculture to Differential Equations. Settling on Biology, Eli participated in research fellowships in Texas and at NIH, worked a few random jobs, and finally settled into a Virginia lab where she focused on mastering diagnosis procedures and implementations of histology and pathology. Choosing to be a dedicated homemaker after the birth of her first child, Eli rediscovered her passion for writing. She's never regretted the decision; not only are her kids the most amazing creatures, but writing fulfills her soul in a way science never did.

Eli calls herself an author of speculative, mind-bending fiction. She adores all things quirky and nerdy and she once thought she’d marry Martin Short… until she discovered Alan Rickman. #Always. She also writes as Eli Grace & Eliza Grace. She is the author of The Dead Trees Series, The Shadow Forest Series, DRAG.N, The Tears of Chios, The Water is Sweeter and more. Her books are available in eBook, paperback, & audio formats.

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