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three and a half stars
the 1st hour or so chronicles the initial outbreak. joe is at work, and he and his coworkers watch a riot breaking out in new york city. they soon learn that the rioting is worldwide. joe decides to call his pregnant wife and finds out she's on her way to the hospital. he's horrified, knowing that's where all the infected are being taken so he leaves to meet her there. among the chaos and carnage, his son, aaron, is born. after barely escaping with a few other people, the story picks up 14 years later.
i enjoyed dead living b/c it was a little different than most of the zombie stories i've listened to. as the publisher's summary says, "the undead want nothing to do with him." this is an interesting plot point.
let me stop here for a second. now, i've read and listened to a lot of zombie stories, and never once have i actually found myself emotionally touched by a scene. yeah, i've laughed at the things mike talbot has said and listened intensely to jl bourne in day by day armageddon, but i've never been made to feel so sad and mad at the same time while listening to a zombie novel. geezzz...i'm almost embarrassed writing that! LOL this tragedy has a profound effect on aaron's outlook. that's all i'll say b/c i don't want to spoil it for anybody who decides too listen to it.
once aagain, there is a time slip. we find aaron living among the undead in baltimore. i liked the time slips b/c they offer the perspectives of those who have grown up after the zombie apocalypse has taken down the conveniences of modern society.
at this time, we're also introduced to band of survivors living at a high school. sam is aaron's age, but she never learned to read b/c learning to read was not a priority when it came to surviving day to day.
aaron saves sam when a salvage run goes bad. the author does a good job hashing out their different worldviews due to the way they grew up. aaron in a loving family. sam constantly fighting for her life. aaron's selfless acts have positive effects on the survivors at the high school. it's interesting to see how a disaster, in this vase a zombie apocalypse, has long negative impacts on the social compact.
trust plays a big role in this story. can you trust the people to have your back? can you trust people with your secrets?
ya fans will lke the sexual tension that slowly builds b/ween aaron and sam as she slowly comes out of her shell.
this book also has all of your other typical zombie fare- zombie fighting action, human slavers, and light gore.
overall, i enjoyed this story, mostly b/c of the differences this story has compared to the others i've listened to. a quick, fast-paced, fun listen.
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What did you love best about Dead Living?
I am out of breath....this story gained speed as it went. Loved the characters. Loved the fast pace. And loved the concept....so many zombie books/movies/tv shows....this the first I've seen or heard with this concept. I will read other titles by Glenn Bullion.
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What made the experience of listening to Dead Living the most enjoyable?
Just the story and the main characters attitude.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Hard to say, all the other character warm to the main guy. But it all makes sense in the end cause he is a solid genuine person.
Which character – as performed by Mark Nelson – was your favourite?
All flowed and where accented to give a real enjoyment to the story telling.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I loved the BAD people getting there comeuppance.
Any additional comments?
Great one off first story hope it leads to many a sequel.
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