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I loved this book.
We see the end of the world happen within a matter of days, with no warning nor explanation. This story is told from 2 main POVs, the first being Samson, an attorney and the second being Veronica, a teen. Both stories are heartbreaking and both people experience loss so complete that it takes them to hell and back. But both are tough resilient characters and easily likable.
Character wise, this book has a lot of well written and developed ones. We see a lot of secondary characters but the 2 I'm focusing on is Sampson and Veronica. Sampsons story absolutely broke my heart. He went from being a success with a horrible wife, to being the hunter/gatherer with an even horribler wife. His wife is and has always been a gold digger and even with the end of the world happening, she expects the best things from life. He stayed with her for their 2 kids and now he stays with her out of necessity. He knows that he needs to look after all 4 of them now. He was such a sweety and I felt so sorry for him!!
Veronica and her brother are at home with their dad. He goes out on a food run but comes back changed. He tells her that she needs to leave the city, take her brother and leave. She has no choice and so begins her journey. She was such a resourceful girl and easily relatable.
Plot wise, it was really fast paced and I flew through it. With the abundance of characters, it was sometimes hard to keep track but the story comes together in the end. I loved that the author didn't get hung up on how or why there were zombies, though I would like to know eventually. She got into the nitty gritty straight away and swept us up in the story. She described the Zombies perfectly and it wasn't overly gorey either. I also loved how we had 2 different types of Zombies, the slow ones, who have been turned for a while and the fresher fast ones! It really added something unique to the Zombie genre.
In all, an impressive debut! It was fast paced, emotional and engaging. From the first page, you will become engrossed with the characters and will want to keep up with their story. It's a well written and developed read, and I for one, can not wait for the next book!
I listen to the audio and really loved how the narrator grabbed you. He did an amazing job of bringing the story to life and portraying the harshness of life in a zombie apocalypse.
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Would you consider the audio edition of The Breadwinner to be better than the print version?
To each their own. Scott Birney does an excellent job voice acting all the different characters and plot points. This gives a an intense audio experience.
What did you like best about this story?
Our protagonist, Sampson, is an unassuming hero. Like many Americans, Sampson was already disillusioned by the American Dream and slept walked through life. Too bad it took an apocalypse for him to fulfill his primal and creative potential.
Have you listened to any of Scott Birney’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Perfect listen for the treadmill. This book is about 5 hours to listen to, or a 5 day workweek doing a 1 hour cardio listen. Intense scenes of violence beautifully acted will engulf your senses with no way to escape it, just like the characters go through. Expect your heart rate to go up.
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