Monday, September 30, 2013

The First Days by Rhiannon Frater

Genre:  Adult Zombie Fantasy
As the World Dies Series, Book 1

Description (taken from Rhiannon Frater's website):
The morning that the world ends, Katie is getting ready for court and housewife Jenni is taking care of her family. Less than two hours later, they are fleeing for their lives from a zombie horde.

Thrown together by circumstance, Jenni and Katie become a powerful zombie-killing partnership, mowing down zombies as they rescue Jenni’s stepson, Jason, from an infected campground.

They find sanctuary in a tiny, roughly fortified Texas town. There Jenni and Katie find they are both attracted to Travis, leader of the survivors; and the refugees must slaughter people they know, who have returned in zombie form.

Alright, I think I'm going to admit defeat to the zombie attraction.  I'm just not attracted to zombie novels.  Kind of stinks, I know.  But it's just not my genre of books even though I like dystopia and paranormal.  Now onto the review...

This book jumps right into the beginnings of the zombie apocalypse with Jenni watching her family become zombies and then try to eat her.  By chance, Katie happens to be in the right place at the right time and saves Jenni.  Together, they work on saving whatever family they have left and surviving.  By escaping to the country, they meet some interesting people and find a town that is fortified against the zombies.

What I really loved about this book:  we see people that are affected by their past and further tortured by the zombies.  Just because the world has been destroyed by zombies does not mean they lose who they were before; instead, it melds into who they become during the apocalypse.  We see a lot of zombie killing, a hunger for everything to go back to normal, and the need to survive and save others.

What I didn't like about it:  I guess I just don't like zombies.  The hopelessness of it.  It's awesome to see the courage in people and watch them step up to fight, but when it gets down to it, I'll be one of the first people turned into a zombie...

I highly recommend this book to those who like zombies.  It's got a good story, and I imagine the next few books will be good as well.  As for me, I might go check out Rhiannon Frater's vampire books...

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