A journey through Dante's Inferno with a shambling twist.
In one day, the world succumbed to a pestilence that decimated the living. In its place rose a new species: vicious, gruesome, wandering zombies with an insatiable hunger for the living. There is no government. No shelter. No hope.
Still in her twenties, Cash has watched her friends die, only to walk again. An office worker with few survival skills, she joins up with Clutch, a grizzled Army veteran with PTSD. Together, they flee the city and struggle through the nine circles of hell, with nothing but Clutch's military experience and Cash's determination to live. As they fight to survive in the zombie inferno, they quickly discover that nowhere is safe from the undead...or the living.
This is the beginning after the end.
100 Days in Deadland is a journey through the first poem in Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy, the classic tale on the horrors of hell...zombie apocalypse style!
©2013 Rachel Aukes (P)2013 Rachel Aukes
Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL
100 days in deadland has a quick start. in the first 5 minutes, the main character, mia, is in the thick of a zombie apocylapse. as she attempts to flee des moines, iowa, she encounters clutch, a truck driver, who just happens to be a survivalist. although this seems cliche, the story is pretty good. it reminded me of no easy hope: surviving the dead. for those who haven't read/listened to it, there's a good mentor-apprentice relationship and storyline.
the zombies are the romero style shamblers, and there's a good amount of zombie action as mia(cash) and clutch scavenge for supplies. however, zombbies aren't their only concern. mia(cash) and clutch must also contend with a local militia and what's left of the military. so, the second half of the book is kind of predictable.
100 days in deadland is told in the first person by mia(cash). the narrator's voice is easy to listen to. her inflection matches what's happening in the story.
100 days in deadland has all the storylines you'd expect in a zombie apocylapse story. while this is good, it is also bad. well, at least for me. i've listened to a bunch of zombie stories, and i'm always on the lookout for a story to surprise me. nothing in this story surprised me or added to the zombie genre. i'm not saying it's a bad, but it's just a story i've heard before.
as far as the dante's inferno connection is concerned, the author broke the story up so that each circle of hell matched what was happening in the story. i did not buy this story b/c of that, but i loosely paid attention to the connection between the two. after the end of the story, the author provides an exposition of how each section of the story represents a different circle of hell. i only listened to part of it before i moved on to the next book.
so if you're pretty new to the zombie genre, then this is a pretty good story to start off with. it's a full story in one book and not a series, where the story sometimes comes to an abrupt end. if you're a gray hair like me and need a good, predictable zombie fix, then give it listen.
Just because you section up your book with the names of the rings of hell doesn't make your book anything like the classic.
This is your everyday zombie book with the same old characters you would find in every other tired old zombie book. You have the tough chick, the grizzled army vet, a spunky kid...you even have the group of bad guys collecting women and going on about the world changing....blah, blah, blah.
The first person writing style is a tired tool of the amateur writing which I've never liked. It means the author doesn't have to use any imagination and develop any other characters. The dialog of this book is just brutal which lead be to shutting the book off halfway through at the unrealistic scene at the militia compound.
I know the pickings are slim in this genre, but if you're looking for a fun B-movie zombie book I would skip this one for sure.
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100 Days in Deadland turned out to be an action packed emotional roller-coaster ride through a zombie infested hell. Aukes writing style and main characters reminded me much of Jesse Petersen of the Married with Zombies series. If I had one I would put this in a easy listening category because there was nothing that disturbed my soul like some zombie stories can. While following Cash, a twenty something that somehow stayed alive long enough to meet up with Clutch, and ex-military doomsday prepper. As often happens, the military swoops in and tries to keep some order and to govern/create the society that is left. Then all the military higher-ups start measuring there, well, you know, with Clutch and hell, or zombies, literally breaks loose. There was not a dull moment, Aukes was able to keep me interested with comedy, action, heartbreak, zombies, happiness, distress, a great villain, and more, all the essentials for a great story. I am looking forward to the next book in this series.
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Surpasses lots of other zombie stories with lots of great action, characters you care about, good pacing, and a tight plot. I can't wait for the next installment. It's always feels so good when someone gets a zombie story right!
This novel offers a lot for a great post-apocalyptic read that ties into the literary works of Dante Alighieri. While other writers have adapted literary works to include zombies humorously, Rachel Aukes instead spins an original tale that brings the reader along through the circles of hell, and captures the essence of the literary themes in her own telling.
100 Days in Deadland shouldn't scare off readers of thrilling zombie works though. There is plenty of action to go around, a lot of gore and the story stands up as an entertaining read whether you care about the literary references or not. They are very tastefully implanted in the story, and it comes across as a natural part of the plot.
The pace of the novel is very well done. There are hardly any points in the story where the tale seems to lag for very long. Things are always happening that drive the characters to action. While Cash is a strong narrator, Clutch is what really drives this story. The hardened ex-military trucker serves as Cash's guide through hell.
The only awkward moments are some of the early attempts at humor in the dialogue, which don't quite hit the mark. They aren't really funny enough to be entertaining, and don't quite ring true. The scene in which Clutch escapes from Doyle was a bit cliche, the villain leaving the good guy in an easily escapable situation. And, it didn't seem necessary or worthwhile to bring Doyle's wife into it. But these moments are easily forgivable as the work stands up for the quality of the writing and masterful storytelling nonetheless.
There is a second installment coming soon, and it will be exciting to see where this story goes now.
Hollie Jackson brought a great deal of life and believability to a slightly underdeveloped main character.
I'm downloading the second book in the series right now.
I have not read the printed version, but Hollie Jackson does such a great job that I would think the audio version would be hard to beat.
Clutch was my favorite. You would think that Cash (Mia) would be, but I really enjoyed the big tough man who really had a soft heart.
I liked the scene with Cash telling Clutch to get to the truck then her navigating the school and each turn seemed to put her in a worse and worse situation.
I wanted to, unfortunately time constrains made it a treat that I had to split up over a few days.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good post apocalyptic zombie story, and I look forward to listening to the sequel. :)
I love zombie stories like this, where two opposite people are thrown together by circumstances and even though mistakes are made they slowly become to depend on each other. I find that I really enjoy women writing about zombies they tend to flesh out the characters more, but don't worry fellas there's no angst and almost no romance. The narrator did a great job too. Buy or credit this is a great find!
Mother of 8, grandmother of 7, RN and book nerd
I REALLY enjoyed this book. It was fast paced, great characters and wonderful flow of story. Created around the symbolism of Dant e's Inferno, it is an awesome zombie tale. No boredom here! Well worth the credit or the price.
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