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By JD on 07-13-17
This book stays with you long after you finish.
I never would have labeled myself as a reader of zombie-fiction. The Walking Dead makes me roll my eyes, and I haven’t caught an episode since the end of the first season. But here I am, reading ANOTHER zombie book, and this one… this one was incredible. I’m not used to caring about characters in stories. Call me a unempathetic, or perhaps I read enough fiction that I usually see through the standard manipulation techniques. The thing is- the characters in this book feel REAL. They have flaws, they could be people I know. They could be ME. For once, I found myself absorbed in their lives rather than pondering where the author was taking me.
Good grief, I sound like a sap. People, I am no Oprah's Book Club subscriber. Do I need to remind y’all that this is a freaking ZOMBIE book?? There’s action and gore and an apocalypse. And freaking outstanding characters. Just get it.
For reference, other zombie books/ series I’ve read and enjoyed:
* Zombie Fallout series by Mark Tufo - These books are hilarious. And gross. And hilarious. Also gory. Also, also hilarious.
* Black Tide Rising Series by John Ringo - This series had me strategizing about what to do in a zombie apocalypse. (and enjoying the musical references) Preppers and thrill-ride lovers will both enjoy this one.
* White Trash Zombie series by Diana Rowland - This series is a bit “fluffier” than your average zombie novels. The narrator is outstanding, and there’s humor. If you usually prefer Urban Fantasy over Zombie-fic, you might want to check this out.
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By AudioBook Reviewer on 03-16-16
a different take on the "zombie apocalypse"
Three people, three different stories of the apocalypse. This is their stories told by them through messages and journals. Follow along as they attempt to survive this new and scary world.
The narration for this was done by three different narrators, Doug Tisdale Jr., Guy Williams, Mare Trevathan, one for each character. They all did a wonderful job, and it really helped moved the story along that each one was done by someone new. I didn't have any issues or problems with the production or sound quality.
So, three different stories of the same event told by three different people. The thing that made this different is that they weren't back and forth like a lot of stories like this can be. There were three stories told separately. Three stories that all related in one way or another, but different and unique in their own ways.
The first story I really had a hard time getting into her characters mind. Don't get me wrong, the writing was well done, but the way that the author wrote her personality really rubbed me the wrong way. But, perhaps that was done on purpose. I can never tell if someone is meant to be abrasive, or if that specific character just rubs me personally the wrong way.
The second story within was really well done. The back and forth between what he saw and had to do to survive was a really nice touch and added a lot to his character building. The relations between the other characters was something different too. I didn't catch it right away, but after I did I was like "woah!'"
The third (an incredibly short) story included had a crazy ending. A wonderful way to end the entire novel.
Overall, the book was a different take on the "zombie apocalypse" compared to some of the other books I've read. It takes a new spin and makes it much more personal. The "recordings" or journals made this feel like you were actually following along with the logs of people who really live through this.
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