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Esmeralda, one of the human survivors of an apocalyptic war, now lives a precarious life as a servant to a family of zombies. She knows she’s better off than many other humans, who are imprisoned in breeding camps and slaughtered for food. Her masters treat her well, and their young daughter reminds Esme of her own little girl, killed during the war. But Esme can’t forget everything she’s lost—or the knowledge that her masters could turn on her at any moment. When rebels interrupt the zombies’ supply of human food, Esme’s position becomes even more dangerous. And this time, the price of survival may be more than she is prepared to pay.
©2015 Marc Johnson (P)2017 Marc Johnson
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By Christine Newton on 01-12-18

Seems like this should be a longer story...

Having read/listened to a fair number of zombie books during the past few years, I thought that the idea for this short story was interesting. Like some other reviewers, I would have been greatly interested in a longer, more developed story (no, I do NOT want to say 'a more fleshed out story'...). I don't work in the publishing world, but it almost seems that this short story is a concept pitch for a longer novel or series. We're introduced to some characters, at at least one of them (the mailman) is built up as being a possibly key character only to suddenly disappear from the story line. In a full-length book or series, I suspect his presence and role would become more important to the plot/action. The final scene left us hanging deliberately, and (subjectively speaking) I'm not a big fan of this technique. I think that the author might have moved us forward a wee bit more in the plot before winding down the story. Also, since it was a short story, I'm not sure that it was necessary to introduce two related-but-separate plotlines (rebellion and starvation) - if this were a full length novel, the author could have developed both of these plotlines. But since it's only a short story, neither plotline wound down to a satisfactory conclusion (the rebellion plotline sort of disappeared). Again, I think that it would be a much better story as a full-length novel (or a series, but I confess I may be experiencing zombie series fatigue and might prefer a single-book story).

The narration was okay. The narrator's voice was consistent with the image I mentally formed for the heroine. I have a personal preference for female voices that are less sweet-and-innocent sounding, but that's just a subjective opinion. The narrator voiced the different characters well, trying to make them sound like zombies. Since I have absolutely no preconceived idea of what a zombie might sound like, her interpretation worked fine!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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By Ti on 01-08-18

wish it was much longer

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I thought this was pretty good for a half hour long story. It kind of felt like a part of a much longer story. I liked the premise of humans as slaves/food to zombies.

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