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Day by Day is simply the best Zombie book I have read. All the negative reviews that accuse this book of lack of character development and straying from the Novel Format are completely missing the point of this book. It’s a “Day by Day” account of one guys journey through surviving the Zombie outbreak. Unlike other novels that start out as a journal then morph the reader into the scene to over hear conversations and thoughts of the characters, this book stays in true Journal format – so there are no conversations between characters we get to experience… there are no side plots… there are no other points of view - from the first page to the last page, this is a documentation of survival.
As if the reader were to find this “Journal” in an old desk, we get a glimpse – a snap shot of this guys life. What he sees, what he thinks, who he meets, how he reacts… I was not so sure a book like this would keep me invested – but honestly, I have never had a book grab hold of me so hard and so fast – literally by the 3rd page I was hooked. In spite of the limitations the author gave himself in picking this writing style, he still manages to make us care about our hero - and care about the things he cares about (other characters). We feel his fear right along with him. We feel his frustration, his denial, and his determination. All this – without any character development at all. (Now that’s a great writer in my book!).
I highly recommend this book! And take my suggestion, if you do purchase this book, have your Google Maps ready – you will find yourself wanting to follow along with the character. :)
The narrator is excellent! He does a good job at sounding like he’s talking to himself… fits in very well the feel of the book.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Make sure you start with Book 1 "Day by Day Armagedon" then sit back and enjoy Beyond Exile. I love J.L. Bourne's writing style and the Narrator Jay Snyder, has the perfect voice for this part. I enjoy a good Zombie story and or movie, some more then others, and this is rated right up there with my #1 picks. Please keep the stories coming Mr. Bourne !!
10 of 11 people found this review helpful
Well I loved the first book, and could not wait for this one to come on-line. It started o.k, although I felt it was more of the same from book 1. How wrong I was ! The story takes you down different avenues and leaves you wanting more. One point I think you should know, this is a follow up from book 1 and if you have not read that one first you may not fully get what's going on or who's who. This book talks about alot of what went on in the first. Enjoy, it's Great.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I am a great fan of the first book in this series, it literally picks up the moment the first book ends and continues in a similar vein. After the first quarter or so of the story it moves of in different directions, our band of survivors from the first book become somewhat secondary to another developing storyline, for me this was a problem as I wasn't really interested enough in the new paths the story takes and (as John states in his review) once the "shark has been jumped" our hero is no longer the lone survivalist but apart of a bigger story line....there is a big section about 2/3rds of the way through where we get right back back to basics tho' which was enjoyable....you will know what I mean when you get to it!
Reviews are very personal and subjective but this did not reach the heights of the first book, I had really got involved in the characters and their stories and could not wait to see what happened next for them all but this second book did not fully satisfy my expectations. That said I still enjoyed it, just not as much!
The story ends with a terrific senario for a third installment....I can't wait for it to be written and narrated.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful