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I loved book 1 of this and eagerly dived into it. I thought that the author couldn't top the first, but I was wrong!! She didn't just top it, she smashed it. This was amazing!!
Emma, Jake, his sister and brother all managed to survive the downfall of their safe haven but now they have to travel to the only known safe house, without falling to the zombies. Can they make it there alive and is the place all it's cracked up to be?
Emma is once again her plucky spunky self!! She is like a breath of fresh air amid a foul scent. She is the heart of the group and tries to keep them all together while keeping her sanity. Her bond with her dog is amazing and at times so funny! Daphne has such an awesome personality and it's so nice to have her in the book too.
Jake is falling farther into himself and at the loss of a certain character, he seems to turn a corner, though not for the better. My heart broke so much for him and Emma and I just wanted to hug both of them. She is trying to stay strong for him but she also won't put up with his s**t either. I loved that about her!!
The Asylum seems to be a wonderful place from the outside but when the gang gets there, they see it for what it is! I loved the fact that the author created a safe haven but added a twist to it also.
There is a lot of new characters in this one but, in true Shana Festa style, there's a lot of death too! She sure knows how to make you love a character only to rip your heart out half way through the book!! She is an evil genius ;)
Anyway, Asylum was fantastic. It's hard to find a good story thrown into a zombie book, but Shana Festa has managed it. She makes you become invested with the characters and world and has you turning the pages as quick as you can to see what happens next. I flew through this and now I'm kind of sorry I did, because I need book 3, like yesterday. This is an author to watch because her writing is amazing. While reading (well listening) to the book, I had so many feels, at times I was gasping, at times crying and at others I was shouting NOOOOO! If an author can manage to make you feel all that and more during a book, then you are guaranteed a winner!
In all a phenomenal second book and one I know I will read time and time again. I can not wait for the next installment, though I may need time to get over book 2 first. My heart can't handle much more ;)
I listened to the audio and once again, Sarah Tancer does an amazing job. She has Emmas personality down and knows when to give her all!! Highly recommend.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Amazing story that just flows so well that it's hard to put down. The author and narrator do an impeccable job of bringing this story to life. This isn't one of those books with unbelievable super human lead characters as so many are in this genera, but instead it's told from your average slightly eccentric American girl next door. The characters are well developed, likable, and humanly relatable.
My advice... As an avid zombie novel fan - don't let this series pass you by. This is an amazing story of survival which will captivate both zombie and non zombie fans alike.
To the author, hurry ! I can't wait for the next audible installment! Wish more authors wrote like you and Keith of the mountain man series with real and relatable main characters instead of all the tired GI joe / military hardcore wannabes that litter this genera and have watered it down. You have refocused the zombie genera to its glory days.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
When I read Festa's first zombie novel, ToD Induction, I read it in one sitting. Her writing style was gripping, and whilst not unique in plot, her storytelling was ruthless, the action non-stop, and I found myself fully invested in the survival story - and tragedies - of the Rossi's.
The narration of Sarah Tancer plays a definite part in how enjoyable this title is. Her delivery and timing is en pointe, and if you aren't a fan of audiobooks, I would recommend this as a definite starting point to try. You won't find many ZA books with better narration.
Asylum itself didn't get devoured in the same way as Induction - life got in the way, somewhat. So this time, I found myself mulling over characters and motives. The Rossi's have somehow escaped Sanibel with their lives, and through trial and error, find out about a safe-haven called Asylum. They decide to make their way there, and spend around 2/3 of the book doing so. There is no mundane filler in this title - the Rossi's do not collide around the US like hapless hobbits. They carve their way through the zombie apocalypse, and Asylum's action was as hugely enjoyable as the first.
I enjoyed more, however, the character development in this book. The events that the main characters endure are really starting to tell on their personalities, and Festa has taken time to make sure this creeps in throughout the novel's timeline. There are no blunt and unjustifiable changes in mentality that leave you scratching your head, trying to figure out what went wrong.
The twist at the end, whilst perhaps predictable in parts, was grimly satisfying, and we've been set up on a grand cliffhanger for the next novel. I can't wait to get my hands on the next installment in this series, and this is one zombie writer I implore you to try. You won't regret it.
If you could sum up Time of Death Book 2: Asylum (A Zombie Novel) in three words, what would they be?
Don't trust anyone
Who was your favorite character and why?
Vinny, because throughout the books he was consistently himself; a douche bag with a heart.
What about Sarah Tancer’s performance did you like?
I enjoyed her narration of the book she gave the characters a voice that helped make them more real.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No. I didn't want to listen to it in one sitting. I listened to the first in one sitting and missed key points in the plot line. I took my time with this one a few chapters a night and I found that worked better in prolonging the suspense in quite a fast paced book.
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Overall I really enjoyed it as a sequel. I found the characters believable who at this juncture are two ish months Into an apocalypse and haven't got their act together yet. The writing is witty and sarcastic, and keeps much of the linguistic flavour from the first book. As always with this particular writer, she still enjoys pulling the rug out from unde/ / / r your feet just as you think all might be okay. Trust know one or anything whilst listening to this. I found the loss of everyone they meet a little annoying, there where some good characters that I would have liked to see go on further into the book. However, the plot twist and deaths I often didn't see coming which was a refreshing change to others of this genre I have read. I was a little disappointed in the end. For a book that had managed to keep its twist and turns going the end seemed a little predictable and lacking in suspense. Despite this I'm still looking forward to the third instalment to see where that leads..... hopefully somebody will still be left alive.