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Rhiannon Frater has done it again! She has totally sucked me into her zombie-infested world!!
The Last Bastion of the Living: A Futuristic Zombie Novel is a post-apocalyptic story, where zombies (now named “Inferi Scourge” because they were infected by the Inferi Scourge Plague Virus or “ISPV”) have taken over the world. About 40 years prior to the current setting of the story, a walled city was established and Earth’s remaining survivors were flown there. The bastion was capable of housing 2,000,000 people and included a valley for cultivation so that the residents could be self-sustaining. The valley also included the city’s water and power sources. An immense 10-story wall, which was 12-feet thick, encompassed the fortress to protect the city from the Inferi Scourge (aka “scrags”). Due to what was believed to be a mechanical malfunction, the gate to the wall in the valley was opened and the scrags overtook the valley.
The residents of the bastion are prisoners. Because they no longer have access to the resources in the valley, their supplies are dwindling. To conserve power, there are nightly black-outs. There are some people, like Special Sergeant Maria Martinez, who have never known life outside of the walled city. She is a constabulary officer, and she is a part of the army that is responsible for protecting the city from the scrags. They keep watch atop the walls for any breaches in the perimeter. She had participated in a previous mission into the valley to try to rid the valley of scrags, but the attempt failed. She sustained critical injuries, but she survived. She dreams of life outside the walls, but she fears that it is an unattainable fantasy.
When Maria is summoned by the Science Warfare Division of the government to a top secret meeting, she is informed that the Division has developed a serum that will enable her to walk among the scrags undetected so that she can neutralize them. Desperate to make her dream a reality, she agrees to the assignment. Maria soon discovers, however, that she has not been told the entire truth.
Frater’s sci-fi element adds something different to the typical zombie story. I was worried that the story might be too similar to her other zombie series, As The World Ends trilogy, but the futuristic components gave this book a fresh feel. Maria is a totally kick-ass heroine, and I loved her right from the get-go. Her strength and bravery are limitless, and I love her devotion to her family notwithstanding being shunned by her mother because she fears for her daughter’s safety. Frater makes us sympathetic even to Maria’s mother, whose husband was also a constabulary officer who was killed by scrags. She cannot bear to lose her daughter as well. The romance between Maria and Dwayne, an officer who is nearly twice her age, had the right combination of passion, vulnerability, and sweetness.
Narrator Kristin Allison is new to me, and I quite liked her portrayal of Maria. Her pace was excellent, and I found her reading to be enjoyable. You could hear the different ranges of emotion in Maria’s voice, and Allison held my attention.
I have to add that the cover is totally hot! Whoever designed it did Maria justice! She manages to look both kick-ass and wickedly hot at the same time!
I have no idea if this is a stand-alone or if there are plans to continue he series, but I want more! Frater is my favourite author that I have discovered this year, and I can't wait to read more of her work!
how to you really survive after the out break? How is your life going to be? This will give you an idea if how things may be in 200 years
Kept me interested. Lots of gore and technical battle stuff. If that appeals to you it will probably keep you interested. I did have a vested interest in what happened to the characters and that, to me, is what keeps you wanting to continue with a book. Not your typical scary zombie offering but the behaviour of the 'powers that be' (military and political) is disturbing... The narrator does a great job. Well set up for a sequel.
I liked this book.
Well written, nice naration.
Future apocalypse type zombie story with a little surprise twist.
"evil wins when good men do nothing "quote
A different take on the zombie tale.Prehaps its because im from new Zealand but I liked the narrator, so give the lady a break. I was a bit skeptical after reading some reviews, but the story is original and it keeped me listening and I didnt get bored.The ending was what I want in a book. Not all doom and gloom.
Different - Thrilling - Exciting
The story is great and the idea quite different from anything I have read or listened to. My only complaint is the orator was not that good. She improved as the book went on however it was painful to listen to when it starts.
Didnt even get past the first half hour!!!!! The writer trying to rename the zombies the Inferi Scourge was just plain annoying and the fact that its said about a billion times in the first half hour just made me want to shoot myself
CALL ZOMBIES ZOMBIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!
She reads way to fast like everything is constantly action!!! Makes it hard to listen to, i thought it might get better but couldnt make it past the 30min
maybe if zombies were called zombies and a different narrator
DONT WASTE ANY MONEY OR CREDITS ON THIS BOOK
it was like listening to a robot read the book . it was so fast i had to check my playback speed . so i can not give a fair review of the story but this version sucks .
Love horror, have listened to every zombie book available on audio book. Name one, and I've listened to it!
The story is awsame
The ending, so full of hope!
listen to it, and you will love it!