This story centers around a town, called Wakefield, that was hit by a monster apocalypse -- yes, there really is such a thing! The main character, Jack, is an orphan whose foster family took off without him. He is staying alive in his treehouse, getting by on Oreo cookies and Mountain Dew. Jack gets the help of his best friend Quint and Dirk, an oversized kid who used to pick on him, to try and save June del Torro, a girl who's stuck in the local school. It's an action-packed book with lots of zombies and monster. With his friends, Jack learns to defend the only house he really calls home, his treehouse, and discovers you don't need a family to find loyalty and support. Even if you're not usually drawn to books about monsters and zombies, I think you'll like this one. The illustrations are great, and the characters are kids you'd actually like to have as friends.