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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
Peter Green and the Unliving Academy: This Book is Full of Dead People by Angelina Allsop is the first book in The Unliving Chronicles. Peter knows only one thing: he's dead. Peter doesn't remember anything before he found himself in the AfterLife, not his family or even how he died. He especially can't remember why he's wearing pajamas and a tie. As he makes new friends, he enters into a night society, unlocks undead abilities, and discovers what lurks in the AfterLife. As he gets used to life at his new school, he can't get rid of this nagging feeling that he left someone important behind, but he can't remember who or why it's so important for him to remember. All he knows is he's running out of time.
Angelina Allsop delivers a fun adventure set in the AfterLife with spunky characters, eerie details, a vivid supernatural world, and a complex mystery. This school has plenty of secrets and, as the new kid, everything is explored through his eyes with a slow introduction to different facets as he uncovers more. Allsop builds around a coming of age story but this isn't an ordinary teenager's journey as Peter's dead. All of these characters are dead. So, everything they learn and discover about themselves is through a lens of death, which puts a unique twist on what death means.
The AfterLife is, oddly, a rather alive place with everything you'd find in life but twisted with eeriness. The school is the main location and encompasses several typical things found in high school settings such as bullies, intimidating teachers, and strong friendships but Allsop adds various situations that are just part of daily life such as facing off against werewolves, dealing with giant snakes, and training to harness the best of his undead abilities. His forgotten memories add a touch of mystery as the presence of another life haunts him and drives him to discover the truth about his living life. Peter Green and the Unliving Academy is filled with adventures and a coming of age journey which Allsop weaves into an exploration of death while putting a fun spin on supernatural beings and incorporating a mystery that slowly unfolds as Peter's adventures become more chaotic.