A Darkness Shattered is a story of survival, coming-of-age, and, surprisingly, love, in the face of a zombie apocalypse. Michael is a nice boy whose parents are presumably dead due to an attack of zombies. Abby is an already-orphaned runaway who is used to survival on the run. The two meet up, accompanied by one of the most lovable pet characters I have read about in a long time, Herbie, a Newfoundland dog (if this book breaks out, and it should, everyone will want one). Although gory and somewhat sad in parts, author Bruce Clothier develops a realistic and credible account of what a national emergency could entail, whether by zombies, war, terrorism, or disease. His characters are believable and come alive in my mind, and their dialogue rings true. I highly recommend A Darkness Shattered to anyone who enjoys well-written action/adventure fiction.