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While I loved book 1 of this, I found this one to be so much better because we have more character development, which I loved.
This is told from 2 different groups, group one being the group we know and love from book 1 and group two being a new set of characters that have secured a shopping mall and are trying to survive any way they can.
At the end of Breadwinner, we left Veronica, Samson, Ben, Andrew, Clyde and Juliet on a boat and this one starts where the gang wake up one morning to see they are near a holiday village called The Emerald City. This used to be a place for the wealthy to go. When they come within view it's to get a glimpse of life on a balcony. They don't know what to make of it but decide to wait and see. Next thing they hear a ski jet coming and a man pulls up beside them. Enter the ever happy Gary. He tells them his tale and the gang decide to go to the towers since their supplies are low. It seems to be a safe enough haven for them for a while. They have to venture out though to see if there are any other survivors and get a bit of ammunition.
Meanwhile, we get to meet Michelle, Lulu and her cousin Zack, whom Michelle spent the night with. When she wakes up it's to chaos and the realisation that the Undead walk the earth. Michellee decides that in order to survive, they need to leave their apartment and find somewhere safe. They decide that the mall where they work could be the safest place and take the trek, not everyone makes it though!! When they reach the mall, they meet up with Katherine, Desmond and Francis, 2 doctors and mall security. Together they all get the mall into relative safety.
Now I'm not going to get into the plot anymore because I will inadvertently spoil something, but suffice it to say that there is death a plenty, so let's get down to my thoughts.
As I said already, this has so much more character development than book 1 did. We get to really see more of who the characters are and what they are like. Most of them are normal humans, intent on surviving, but needless to say, there is always the one!!! This character was malicious, self absorbed and an all round horrible person. This character causes so much heartache that I can only hope there is things in the future for this character!! (I don't want to spoil it by saying who ;)) It's been a while since I hated a character so much but he/she is so well written that it's hard not to. I'm presuming that it was the author's intention for the readers to hate him/her!!
The plot of this one is fast paced and intense. I found myself on the edge of my seat a lot more than book 1 and I was gripping the arm rest during certain scenes. We also have a lot of weepy scenes!! True to the authors style, she isn't afraid to kill off characters, and some of them broke my heart.
In all this was an amazing second book. With so much happening in the story, it was so hard to stop listening to it. I just had to see what happened next. There are plenty of twists and moments that will leave you gasping and this ends in the mother of all cliff hangers!! I was left reeling. Book 3 can't come quick enough.
Scott Birney did a great job though I found his female voices to become annoying over time. I think that since this is heavy on the female side of things that maybe a female narrator would of worked better. Now don't get me wrong, the narrator was really good at the other voices, just not the female ones. Also I thought he could of made the pacing a little faster in places, especially in the tense parts, just to add that little extra sense of urgency.
*I received this in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
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What did you love best about Haven?
The unknowing. OK, with a typical zombie apocalypse novel you have zombies that attack people and survivors are in a survival mode. Ok, I get it. In "Haven" dealing with zombies and survival all applies. What makes this book different is how all of these distinct personalities handle this new world. Two of the main characters, Veronica, and Michelle are opposites in good and evil. This novel has taken directions that were surprising and even shocking. So what I best loved about Haven? I did not know what was going to happen next.
What other book might you compare Haven to and why?
First of all, I would read/listen to "Breadwinner" which is the first book of the series. This will help to get a better feel for the characters, though "Haven" can stand on its own. I would best compare this book to the "Living Dead" TV series. Good characters, good story line, always uncertainty. .
Have you listened to any of Scott Birney’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I listened to the first book of this series, "Breadwinner", which Scott Birney narrated. Scott brought these characters to life. There was somewhere in the order of ten different characters Scott performed. In my minds eye, I could see these characters very clearly. Usually, when you try to perform an opposite gender, it may not come off as realistic. In this case, Scott's voicing of the ladies, came off as very believable. I really enjoyed the North Florida redneck accents.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Yeah, my reaction is to beware of crazy women. Read this book and you will know why. At least zombies are honest about their intentions.
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This audiobook was provided by the Stevie Kopias free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com. I am a fan the "Living Dead", and remember seeing "Night of the Living Dead" back in the 1960's. Even before this I saw a B grade movie about zombies walking underwater on "Voodoo Island" in the 1950's. "Shaun of the Dead" was great, as well as the "Resident Evil" series, and "28 Weeks Later". I did not particurally like "I Am Legend", or "World War Z", since I don't think the zombies were that believable. Currently, there are over 200 Zombie movies shown on Wikipedia beginning in 1932 to today. There are a couple of points here. The zombie genre has existed for 85 years and is going strong. Many Army Navy stores have a section of items for sale in case of zombie attacks. In fact two years ago the most popular bullet series sold was the Zombie Max line of bullets by Hornady. The second point is that somewhere in our psyche we are afraid of getting overrun by vast hordes of invaders. Pick your group, Huns, Russians, Chinese, Muslims, right wingers, Mexicans, criminals, a racial group other than yourself, etc. This fear of invasion by outsiders is endemic to the human condition. Which makes a zombie apocalypse a natural fear many people may harbor. Author Stevie Kopias taps into this pysche with her story line. How do you survive? Who leads? Who should you really be scared of? Who do you trust? The reality it is not the zombies you should be scared of, it is the other people. Yes, Haven is Hell, Welcome Home!
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