Dormitory of the Dead by Kelly Lougheed
Publisher: Mundania Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (142 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 12+
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Peppermint
Blood coming out of the bathroom faucets of Charity Hooper’s Hawthorn School dormitory doesn’t just mean Charity can’t wash her face to maintain her porcelain (well, kind of) complexion–it means there’s a dead body from 1923 buried in the plumbing, astonishingly well-preserved by the wet sewage conditions.
Well-preserved enough, in fact, for the dead girl’s vampire boyfriend to reanimate her as a zombie so they can live happily ever after, massacring innocent Hawthorn students side-by-side.
Faced with such homicidal creatures, Charity would ordinarily consult her English teacher, Ms. Van Tessel, whose knowledge of zombie extermination rivals only her knowledge of British literature. But Ms. Van Tessel has gone mysteriously missing. Can Charity track down her teacher before the annual midnight Capture the Flag tournament, which will be nothing more than an all-you-can-eat buffet for the vampire-zombie tag team?
Charity cannot be bothered with the mundane tasks of studying for a math test when she has things like vampires, ghosts and zombies trying to maim her and her friends. So while her roommate Louise and the other girls in her dorm focus on homework and study groups, Charity is trying to save their lives.
Charity’s character is certainly entertaining and comical to the point that I could picture her as one of my middle school/high school friends. She certainly has a certain outlook on life that’s infectious and makes you want to read more. Whether it be hiding from her teachers so they do not realize that her C average takes little to no effort, or imagining her classmates getting their brains sucked out, she just seems to enjoy life no matter the circumstances. This was a character who I’m sure many young adults would find entertaining.
Louise is the complete opposite of her roommate Charity. It may be one of the reasons their friendship works so well. Louise is the book smart level headed one who tries to see reason and logic even when trying to figure out how to save their ghost teacher, and avoid other vindictive ghosts who seem to be intent of bothering the girls. Louise’s personally was one that I could relate to myself. Because of the extreme polar opposite of these girls personality I am sure everyone can find someone they relate to in this book.
While the characters where entertaining in themselves this does not mean that the plot was not just as enchanting if not more so. These teens seem to really get everything possible thrown at them from real problems to paranormal entities. How they do it while still attending school, and avoiding explaining their bizarre behavior to their teachers is beyond me.
This is a story I can definitely see me reading with my daughter, which is always a plus. The author keeps it light and amusing without making a story that was too “adult” for teens and pre-teens. It can sometimes be difficult to find a story that can be entertaining for both kids and adults, and Dormitory of The Dead certainly fits the bill.