On Zombicorns by John Green

I was trying to solve my recurring dilemma on what to read next when I stumbled upon Zombicorns on Goodreads. It is a very short post-apocalyptic re/accounting of human life in the form of what seems like a journal written by a girl named Mia. Contrary to what is expected, this novella doesn’t contain unicorns. The cover art is misleading. It is about the cornification of the lands of Chicago where Mia lives. People who eat a certain kind of corn become inflicted with a virus that makes them zombies. Thus, Zombicorns. As Mia, together with her only friend Caroline, struggles to complete the zombies, she also struggles with the morality of what she is doing.

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“Dogs know how to be dogs. But people do not know how to be people unless and until they learn from other people. Which got me to wondering whether it’s possible to learn how to be a person in a world where all the people are dead.”

The novella raises thought-provoking existential points. What are we here for? What makes humans different from animals or zombies? What or who are you surviving for? Are killing and looting acceptable when the reason for doing such things is self-preservation or survival? Would you also kill the ones you love because it is but necessary to kill them? Why would you still want to live without them? I thought about these questions within less than two hours of reading time – proof that it’s packed with wonderfulness despite its being short with only 75 pages or less.

It lacks conclusion which make it seem more like a long prologue to the series. I’m surprised at how I enjoyed reading it, though. I think it’s cool. And I’m excited to read Zombicorns #2!

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