Do not read past this if you do not want to know spoilers in The NecroDancer by Joanne Boyd!
Upon first look of The NecroDancer by Joanne Boyd, I thought it was a children’s book. Sure, Ella is 15 and sure, there are zombie ballerinas in cute pink tutus. However, I was pleasantly surprised that it’s not quite a “children’s book” for there are no fairy tale happy endings where everyone lives happily ever after.
Ella isn’t your average teenager. She’s a medium, and one of the very few left in the world-or so she’s been told by her Gran. She can see the dead and although that would scare most of us adults, it’s something she tackles bravely because she has a responsibility to help the dead. And the ballerinas? Well, that all happened after her Gran took her to the ballet.
This is a very well written short story about a brave girl named Ella who is vulnerable in her own ways. She’s not superhuman. She has no magical powers (except being a medium which doesn’t give her that much of an advantage in physical reality). She does the best she can with what she’s got.
There were moments of hilarious humor (Ella apologizing to the zombie ballerinas as she smacks them in the face with a shovel, all except for the tutu fiend), and moments of normal reality (Ella meeting the cute boy) although reality centers around her being a medium (the cute boy being a dead ballerina with a girlfriend).
All in all, I very much enjoyed this short story. I’d like to read more about Ella and her Gran and seeing as this is the first book in a series, I can’t wait for the second one to come out!
For my dear friend Joanne, I give her story 5 stars out of 5 stars for The NecroDancer being well written with interesting characters, an exciting plot, and most important of all, realism in the sense that yes, there are probably people like Albertino in the world and what’s scary is that there are probably far crazier people than Albertino in the world. The NecroDancer is a fun and well written read. I’d recommend it for anyone who is a fan of zombies, who have read the Ramona series (who hasn’t?), and for everyone who loves a good bit of humor in their stories.
Thanks, Joanne, for The NecroDancer!