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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
Zombies, Frat Boys, Monster Flash Mobs & Other Terrifying Things I Saw at the Gates of Hell Cotillion by Ted Neill is a socially relevant epic tale that is part of an interconnected world within the Snog Team Six series. Liam is a loner on the outskirts of society with his only companion being his AI named Eiann. Everything turns upside down when he receives a visit from a quirky demon called Gerald who tells of frat boys that opened up a gateway and that a demon army was waiting to venture through. Liam doesn't know the first thing about working with actual people until he joins forces with a group of social outcasts. Several end of the world situations fall into Liam's lap and he has to work with his new partners for help in closing the opening to hell and the threat of an underworld demigod. The group must learn to work together if they stand a chance at saving the world as they go up against zombies, frat boys, devils, demigods, and other threats.
The story is a unique and timely read that gives a voice to social justice and human rights by weaving these themes into a quirky plot. Ted Neill explores various elements through the eyes of a teenage character that's slowly understanding the world around him. Liam has an innocent, genuine, and often naive perspective which stems from his life as an outsider. Various supernatural and science fiction aspects are blended into the world with technology and inventions seen in Liam's genius creations and his life living and working within the university workshop. The characters are unique with each providing an important voice for the story, calling out social injustices, human rights violations, and other commentaries. A few of the characters are truly unique though nothing about their presence is out of the ordinary with the AI and the demon both providing Liam with friendship and supportive roles.
The story weaves together metaphoric and literal commentary using a blend of supernatural elements and real-life situations to call attention to today's climate. Humor is woven throughout with clever and well-timed dialogue which often finds Liam naive in understanding pop culture and the world. Zombies, Frat Boys, Monster Flash Mobs is a true original and a clever read that weaves social justice and human rights into a fun, quirky, and humorous plot with important themes prevalent in today's teenage life.