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title: North of Forks
author: Shana Hammaker
series: Twelve Terrifying Tales for 2011 #2
published: 4 February 2011
buy/shelve it: Amazon | Goodreads
Twenty-year-old Washington native Sara Cullen had a vampire problem.
And before you even ask, NO she's not one of THOSE Cullens. But try telling that to the legions of lost bloodsuckers who wandered into her hometown of Beaver because they missed the exit for Forks. Vampires can be so stupid.
But soon another monster came to town that made the star struck vampires look like cute defenseless puppies. I'm talking about zombies. The zombie plague swept into, and quickly overwhelmed, Sara’s small town. Within days normal life ended. Within weeks there were more ghouls than humans. Finally, a mere three months after the start of the plague, Sara and her friend Jessie Sparks were the only live people left in their corner of Washington.
Or so they thought. But then a handsome stranger wandered into town, and everything Sara and Jessie thought they knew about life in post-zombie-apocalypse Beaver turned upside down.
The second in her Twelve Terrifying Tales for 2011 series, North of Forks was not at all what I expected when I saw the title and began reading the first page. I expected a Twilight spin-off, or a parody, and this was not really either of those things. Instead, Hammaker used the Twilight references in a very creative way, as a piece of pop culture based on vampires that were real within the reality of North of Forks. And vampires weren’t even the main focus of the story line, but rather zombies. The zombies were a cute twist on the usual post-apocalyptic stories, which I liked. I was surprised at how well-developed and textured the story was, considering that it was a short story and there were only three active characters: Sara, Jessie, and Keelan. But what made the story a “4 mug” for me was the unexpected events at the end of the story, especially very end. I think this would have been great as a full-length novel as well!