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I skimmed the reviews. I had full warning. The book is 9 hours 38 minutes long. I really enjoyed the first 9 hours. I thought, "these reviewers don't know what they're talking about! This is a fine book and quiet enjoyable." Then came the 38 minutes that completely, 100%, ruined the entire book. So much so, that I'm thinking about getting my credit back for a bad experience. It's as if someone tapped the author on the shoulder, said "um, this has gone on long enough. You need to wrap this up now." Instead of writing anymore about the love triangle, the author kills all of them! WHAT?!?!?! At exactly 9 hours, it was like "we went out on another clearing today. He died. Sorry." I thought my audio had skipped a few chapters or something! Then minutes later, the 2 little girls finally came walking/running up and in order to wrap up the other side of the love triangle, let's kill both of them off too. "They ran, he was bitten. She tried to save him, she was bitten." That's how much time was spent on it! All of the likable characters were killed off with absolutely no time spent. As I stated, it's like the author was in a hurry to end it and she most certainly did. And the only reason Ashley, the least competent one of the college kids, was allowed to live, was because Skeeter needed a love interest. Really? She's a teenager and he's like mid 30s. REALLY? Oh, and even better.....at the ending, after the city is bombed and it's poured ash from the sky for 6 straight days, a black helicopter lands in the front yard, black ops soldiers jump out and knock on the door. "We're looking for Skeeter." The lady from the church told them to look here for Skeeter. WHAT? Skeeter only came here after he found out Nate was there, well after the church scene. Yah, the ash parted in the sky and a black chopter lands in the yard, with black ops jumping from it. So unbelievable stupid!!!!
Either the author lost all interest in this book at hour 9 or she just handed it off to her assistant to finish. It was the oddest, snap of a finger, change I've ever seen in a writing style.
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When I set eyes on this cover and realized that EMMA GALVIN teamed up to narrate another of McGUIRE’s works, I had to give it a listen. The combination of McGUIRE, GALVIN, and Zombies is so up my alley that friend Felicia @ The Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog was going to send me the audio to review. But alas, I had already cashed in an Audible credit and marked it “Read.”
You’ll spend a little over half of the book with our three narrators on the run toward RED HILL. Though I could totally feel their anxiety and fear, I had a hard time connecting with the characters and their storylines. But I knew once they all hit RED HILL, things would happen. And they do. Their lives start to intertwine and complicate. I guess messy and complicated should be expected when a zombie apocalypse is thrust upon you. The relationships I enjoyed the most were those of the college kids. They rewarded you with loyal and sweet to uncomfortable and questioning.
Scarlet, Scarlet, Scarlet. I think you caused me the greatest pain. I felt your actions were overly selfish and reckless. They diminished my views towards RED HILL and toward your badassness.
EMMA GALVIN is always a favorite and she doesn’t disappoint here. She captures the youthful hopefulness of our college characters. She made me care about Miranda and the things that burdened her heart plus want to protect those that were important to her. ZACHARY WEBBER‘s stiff, calculated resolve made Nathan hard to connect with on the run. But at RED HILL, it fit what his character needed to be. He had to keep calm for the sake of the children and hold down the fort. JANUARY LAVOY’s Scarlet was hard to read. She was kind of stoic. But in hindsight, it was really one of those creepy calms that has something unhinged bubbling underneath. She was protective and courageous, but it twists into something I couldn’t resolve myself to appreciate in the end.
It is one of those books that makes wonder if the lives lost were worth the ones saved.
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