I was hopeful moving into this series having just finished different one and needing a new "long term relationship" for my commute. I tend to like zombie stories and while nothing in particular differentiated it from the standard, it looked like something I would enjoy. I was wrong.
The story was below average. As mentioned above, there is nothing that differentiates it from the standard and arguably already overdone zombie genre. It lacks any nuance or originality. Given that the book was called "The Plan", one would have expected that a plan would be the focus of the book... one would be wrong. The "Plan" apparently only consisted of "I'll come to your house". That's a really bad plan, which probably helps to explain why this is a really bad book.
The characters are flat, single dimensional shells. They lack realistic internal motivation and, more disturbingly, lack any internal consistency in their thoughts, emotions, or actions. To add further insult, the characters motivations fly in the face of basic needs and drives. Every action seems random and only serves to push the story along. Any character could be inserted into any scenario to make the action needed to get to the next plot point.
The lack of dimension to the characters makes it hard enough to connect, but then factor in the amazingly odd insertion then deletion of characters... it was like reading something from a 9th grade English class (the C students not the A ones). For those that have read the book, think Ashton the plucky 7 year-old (wtf?) and Brandon the co-protagonist initially who then degenerates to a secondary supporting but ostensibly important character who is rather unceremoniously dumped. The writer doesn't seem to care about her characters, makes it incredibly hard for the reader to.
I won't even get into the very miraculous timelines...DC to West Virginia on foot in 7 days. A shoulder gunshot wound apparently totally healing in about 3 or 4 days.
I highly recommend avoiding this book. Having already fallen for book one, I will be avoiding the remainder of the series.
Tell us about yourself!
This was written by a woman? I was surprised… since the females were so poorly written….correction- ALL the characters were pretty bad.
Kasey is the dominant she-male, wanting to do everything and make all decisions, always “snorting” and squeezing shoulders in way of comfort to others; she says things like “Hell man, you think something like a bullet is gonna do me in?” and “Ben insisted I was treating him like a little bitch”. UGH.
Kira is the requisite selfish resentful scheming bitch….finally nurse Nancy who seems to do the all the work…..medical care, cooking, comforting others, radio operator….not sure what the male characters did.
The book needed some heavy editing…..she actually writes “we all know what assuming does…” then spells it out; and characterizes dialogue as WHINING over and over, I don’t think she likes them much.
The reader was ok, tending to phase in an out of a southern twang for Kasey and over dramatizing at times.
Lots of violence, lots of swearing, no sex I can remember….would not recommend this one.
I've listened to 8 1/2 hours of the book, but I'm not going to bother listening to the final hour. I am not patient enough to spend more time on this. There just can't be anything good enough in that final hour to redeem all the prior wasted hours.
1) Its a zombie book
2) Two likable character: Nancy (nurse, age 65), Ashton (age 6)
1) No other likable characters. Between fits of anger, they exude bad attitudes, bad language, bad habits, and limited skills. Worse, they all seem to think this is normal and acceptable. Despite their foolish childish behavior, they brandish annoying false bravado and unfounded confidence. Just stating that a character is smart or good at something isn't convincing if their actions demonstrate the opposite.
2) Very poor decisions and tactics. The zombies are slow moving so most of the excitement happens exclusively when the living humans make mistakes. The living do continuously make poor decisions that create unnecessary risk and destruction so you might think the result would be gripping and intense. However, its hard to care what happens when you know the risk could have been readily avoided. For the most part, they don't learn from their mistakes or even realize they made them. This makes the unfounded bravado even more annoying.
The best thing for me to do now is to delete this without listening further. I do not care what the ending is.
This book started slow and stayed that way. Far to much time spent detailing minor things that add nothing to the story. Seems like the author was trying too hard to build toughness into a female lead character. this was as if a second lieutenant took charge then embellished the details later at the bar
It was flat out boring and not well thought out. The friend peddling a bike 30 odd miles or so with a six year old riding behind on a zombie interstate was the low point.
No. She may have contributed to the boredom and over dramatization.
If I could get my time and credit back then it would be redeeming.
Don't do. Seriously just pick another book.
Character development, believable dialog, an interesting story
They say you only get one chance at first impressions and that's especially true for authors. I'm afraid Dulaney blow it with me in a big way
Yes, she wasn't that bad.
I would have to tell the author to scrap the whole book.
This book is so bad I'm actually angry at all those that rated this book a 5
I am a big fan of the zombie/apocalypse themed stories.This one, while I was able to finish it, just did not have the vibe to it. It lacked detail, basically a bunch of young stereotypes hanging out at a ranch having high school drama with the occasional zombies showing up.
I would definitely recommend this book.
The most memorable moments was in the beginning when Kasey is saving her group from a swarm of 'dead heads' while blasting Metallica from her car stereo. Hard core zombie but kicking! Haha!
I have to say Kasey was my favorite character as far as narration. She had just enough country accent without it being annoying. I like how she tried to keep the accent authentic without being over the top.
I really enjoyed listening to this book. It wasn't predictable like I thought it would be. There were definitely some surprises thrown in there. I cared about what happened to these people. I was able to put myself in the situations and ask myself what I would do. I could visualize what was happening which made my palms sweat more than once. I would have liked to know some more back story of the characters. I haven't listend to book two yet so hopefully some of my questions will be answered as far as that.