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First, let me note that I received this audiobook for free through AudibookBoom, in exchange for an honest review. So I really wasn't expecting much. So many authors are jumping on the zombie band wagon, turning out pretty poor imitations of the greats. But I was bored, nothing to listen to, and there was this book that I could listen to for free. So why not?
Zombie children?.....yah, I wasn't expecting much. But I absolutely LOVED it! I turned it on and didn't stop until the 6 hour, 11 minute mark! (I fell asleep at 2 a.m.) Got up the following day and finished the remaining hour. I couldn't put it down. If book 2 was out, I would have immediately paid a full $15 audible credit for it!
I won't go into details about the story line. I'll just keep it short with: All of the children that got their vaccinations, turned into zombies. Boom, the zombie apocalypse.
There were just a few, tiny little details that needed editing. I'm only mentioning them, so that if the author reads this, he can make sure to maybe have someone else proofread the next book. A female character was listening to her mom's voice mail, that she's listened to a hundred times because her mom died a month after leaving it. A short while later in the book, this character is talking about her parents currently being in a retirement home/community and hope they'll be ok during the zombie outbreak. Mom died a little while back, so she can't be in the retirement home now.
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After taking their standard vaccines, millions of children are transformed into zombies. They are fast and deadly and those they bite also turn into zombies. The story follows several characters as they face the nightmare of a world thrown into chaos: A single mother of two and her aging father, a children’s clothing store owner, a 12-year-old girl orphaned by the zombies, a homeless shell-shocked veteran, a love-sick pediatrician and an Argentinian martial arts expert. Their paths cross as they try to escape the ravages of their hungry attackers.
It is a unique approach to how zombies are created, but other than that, there isn’t too much that is new. The survivors break into stores for food, water, and supplies, grab guns and knives and kill the zombies by destroying their brains. They feel guilty killing zombie kids, but do what they have to to survive.
Most of the book is spent introducing each character. There is action, but it is often stalled by long winded introspection on the part of each character, their many insecurities, and self-doubt. There are several attempts at humor, but these seem to miss a lot of the time.
The story is performed by Johnny Mack. He has a pleasant voice, but doesn’t add much to the story. As most of the characters are female, the story might have been better served with a female narrator. His character voices are fine and there is no mistaking who is speaking, but there is not a lot of drama in the narration.
Overall, this is a rehash of the standard zombie apocalypse story. It is book one in a series of unknown length, so the story may evolve now that the characters have been established. It attempts to end with a cliff-hanger but instead ends abruptly and unsatisfyingly. It may be unfair to judge the series based on the first book, but that’s all we have at the moment. For many listeners it may not hold enough interest to continue on.
Audiobook was provided for review by the author.
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