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A lot of time of this short book is spent in the pre apocalypse stage of the story where we get to know Emma and the fuzzy happy life she is about to lose. Before she knows it, zombies are breaking into her house and she has to flee, again and again. Whats left of the military is a force for good and a good amount of time is spent on a boat. I think a boat would be my plan when the apocalypse arrives.
The big "twist" in this story compared to other zombie stories is that it is told from a girls perspective. I think our heroine portrays how a, pretty authentic, regular girl would behave during a zombie apocalypse. She isn't hard, tough, or has a ton of "issues" or even particularly heroine like, she does a little of everything. She learns to bash and shoot zombies and I found out what its like to be a powerless girl all tied up and having to get rescued. It was interesting to see a females perspective when her husband mans up and gets all decisive and how uncomfortable and frustrating that felt for a girl. Its like any other (good) zombie book, but now I know whats it like to be the supporting girl and not the leading man.
There was a degree of embellishment for decidedly girly elements in the story which was weird for me to read but I let it pass. It was worth it to find out what girls think is interesting to read about. At first I wanted to give this story 3 stars, but once I got past my initial male resistance, this was a really good story. The worse part is that it was too short, really wanted more.
Narration was top notch, really liked Sarah's story telling.
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This was fan- freakin- tastic!!! I loved everything about it.
Emma was such an awesome heroine. She is fun loving, smart and snarky as hell. She goes from being a trainee nurse to surviving the Zombie apocalypse in the matter of days but she keeps her sense of self and does everything in her power to keep herself, her dog and her husband safe. I really loved her strength!
We have a lot of amazing secondary characters too. We have Emmas' husband Jake. When the Zombies start coming, he enters military mode and makes the hard decisions, though they may not always be for the best. Along the way to finding safety, both encounter plenty of people, all of whom add something extra to the story and then we have Daphne, Emmas dog. Emma does all she can to keep the dog safe, despite what Jake thinks! There is a certain scene that had me crying when Jake does what he does to Daphne!! My heart was in my mouth. Every single character was well written and developed, even those we only meet for a short time!
We are basically thrown straight into the action and it's pretty much non stop from there. The outbreak happens in a matter of days and it spreads so quickly that it seems only a handful of people survive. The author isn't afraid of gore but it's not overly gory so even the most squeamish will enjoy it!
This book will absolutely break your heart! The author is in no way afraid of writing people off. She isn't afraid to take chances and make bad things happen to good people! SO many times I was left gasping at the deaths that were happening and in the way they happened. Im not going to say too much more in case I spoil something so all I'll say is be prepared with plenty of tissues because this book will make you cry.
Anyway, in all, this is a fantastic Zombie Apocalypse book. It's well written, fast paced and has lovable characters. This book will grab you from the very first page and not let you go. So many times I was crying and yet so many times I was laughing out loud too. The authors ability to wrench your heart out in one scene and yet make you laugh in another was phenomenal. Emmas wit was astounding and added much needed levity to the story.
I listened to the audio of this, and let me tell you that it was fantastic. The narrator, Sarah Tancer, did an amazing job of Emma. She portrayed her snarkiness and wit perfectly. She knew how to ramp up the tension when needed and had me biting my nails so many times. I'd highly recommend the audio because it really brings you into the story.
An amazing book and one I can't recommend enough. I can not wait to read the next one!!
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What made the experience of listening to Time of Death: Induction (A Zombie Tale) the most enjoyable?
I liked most of the characters in the book, and the humour at times made me laugh out loud. The action scenes were good, though at times I did question how likely they would be to happen like that in reality. Still, they kept a good pace to the book.
Would you recommend Time of Death: Induction (A Zombie Tale) to your friends? Why or why not?
It is a good enough beginning. I've certainly seen far worse tales in this sub-genre of horror. Is it the best out there? No, but good enough that it's worth reading if you like this brand of horror.
What does Sarah Tancer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Nothing. A narrator can only make an experience worse than reading in my opinion by grating against how you see the story yourself. Not the case here. She voiced the story well in both narrative and dialogue. Her character voices were done well enough too.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
It isn't overly long, so certainly can be done in one or two sittings without it being boring.
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My only major issues with this book were two-fold. Firstly I found that men seemed to cry way to often. Happens a lot in books written by women, and I can only assume they know the few men in the world that cry a lot or like to assume that men cry as much as women do. We don't. Sure, with grief or similar I'll buy it, but not over some of the stuff men cried over in this book. Or many American men cry a lot - I don't know.
Secondly, I felt that some of the action scenes were not that likely to happen. I don't believe that one infected person could take down several hundred survivors when most are military. First screams and gun shots and that outbreak would be over. First days of an outbreak and civilians then sure okay, but otherwise I'm not a believer. Likewise with another scene that had similar happen. Small groups of infected taking down armed camps of tried and tested survivors is not that likely. People would not die quietly enough for it to happen. Have you ever been bitten?
The narration of this Audible edition is excellent - I've both read and listened to ToD now, and largely prefer the Audible edition, primarily because the narrator absolutely nails Emma's characterisation.
I tried desperately to find a flaw in this book. Really, I did. Not so I could be nit-picky in my review, but so I could turn around and give a reason, any reason, for me to not say “I wish I’d written it”.
don’t waste time – pick up your copy now
This is the book many post-apoc authors wish they’d written.
Keep in mind, folks, this is a debut novel.
Author Shana Festa is well known in the horror circuit for her excellent work on the Bookie Monster, as well as blogging and being a good egg in general. Given the amount she reads, it’s perhaps not surprising that she’d be able to turn her hand to the written word, and to zombie fiction in particular.
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of strong female lead characters. Forgive me, then, for being predisposed towards Emma, Time of Death’s protagonist and all-round buttock-thwacker.
She is a refreshing lead in a genre where the trope is for women to be weak, mere bit-part players in an alpha male hip-thrusting competition to zombie glory. Don’t get me wrong; Emma has her weak moments. This makes her more real to the imagination, and makes her eminently more readable than a battle-hardened post-Middle East war veteran that just happens to be on home soil when the world explodes. Emma cries (a lot) and relies heavily on her husband Jake for mental and physical stability. But where a man is lacking, her pet dog Daphne steps up to the mark (and God help anyone that tries to hurt the dog).
The story in ToD flows well. We’re straight in to the action (well, right after a Code Brown, which made me want to bring up a little bit of dinner). Festa’s prose is second to none. There is a lot less dialogue in this book than I see in many books of zombie fiction. This is perhaps accurate; who’s going to want to gossip when the world ends. She also avoids needless filler; where there needs to be a passage of time, it is there. We don’t get a fortnight of laundry and horizon-spotting.
The gore is there – in spades. It’s close to the bone, and more than once I had to close my eyes to shake off the pictures being put in to my brain. There is skill in the action crafted in ToD and I didn’t want to put this book down. It has a neat balance between civilian and military conflict, and I wasn’t overloaded with military jargon, which I feel happens in some similar books. I read it in two swift sittings, though the book perhaps deserves more time and effort – so I got it on Audible, too.
Well worth the buy and read AND a listen – consider me a fan.
I can’t wait to see where Emma and her group head to next.
How is it possible for a novel to make me laugh out loud AND cry my eyes out at the same time?? This novel had me so enthralled in the characters, so emotionally involved, that all the sadness they felt, I felt. And the author wrote such humour into the characters and the situations with finesse - I mean, who laughs at zombie horror, and death, sadness and grief??
Well, I did. And it was awesome.
Just bought the second book - and cannot wait to read it (listen to it) too!!!!!!