Picking up where The First Days ends, Fighting to Survive features the further zombie-killing, civilization-saving adventures of a pair of sexy, kick-butt heroines and the men who love them.
A hundred or so survivors of the zombie plague have found tenuous safety in the walled-off center of a small Texas town. Now the hard work of survival begins - finding enough food; creating safe, weather-resistant shelter; establishing laws; and fighting off both the undead who want to eat them and the living bandits who want to rob and kill them.
Fighting to Survive won the Dead Letter Award for Best Novel from Mail Order Zombie. The first book in the As the World Dies trilogy, The First Days also won the Dead Letter Award and was named one of the Best Zombie Books of the Decade by the Harrisburg Book Examiner.
Also listen to the first book, The First Days.
©2009, 2011 Rhiannon Frater (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
Zombies Books in order: 1. We're Alive 2. Day By Day Armageddon 3. Roads Less Traveled Series 4. Alaskan Undead Apocalypse 5. World War Z 6. The Walking Dead 7. Rise Again 8. As the World Dies 9. Zombie Fallout
Katie and Jenni settle into the compound in this book and the story revolves around it, how they retake the hotel and expand the "fort". Because they don't move around life is kind of comfortable. Unlike other books where survivalist compounds are often just a passing chapter, this book centers around it. The book is about how they rebuild, fight off bandits and the social and political life of the fort.
They don't have any problems with electricity, water, food or flushing toilets. I think the people on board the Carnival cruise ship Triumph had it tougher, apart from people dying, in rather stupid ways I think in this book. Everybody split up and do search and destroy missions in the hotel, which leads to needless deaths. Otherwise the action is pretty good, that Israeli Nerit is great. But then it dips into lovey dovey stuff.
The story spends seemingly even more time on girlie stuff than in the first book. Romance and ball room dancing and dresses. Its not easy to listen to these parts as they drag on. Shane comes along and ruins the partying though and now the author shows that she just doesn't understand male culture. If the author understood this she would know that Shane would not be allowed to talk the way he does and create all the problems that he does. Like the hierarchy in a pack of dogs, things would have already been settled in the first book. But the supporting male character, Travis, has no gonads and so it drags on the way it does. The author just doesn't know what to do with male characters aside from being pretty bimbos on the arms of the leading women.
This book is actually a pretty good 9 hr long zombie book, but then these annoying parts were tacked on and it became 12 hrs long. So at least I got my credits worth of zombie telling and forgot about those parts as soon as I got through them. I went on ahead and bought the third book in the series; Siege.
I'm starting to like the narrator more and more though, I think shes great.
Less KISSY and MORE KILLY please!
What happened? The first book was great action and even with the sprinkles love story here and there it was digestible. This book was painful. It's the Zompocalypse people...if that calls for a handful of survivors having time to sit around and mope about their sexuality and love interests and "hurt" feelings, I will be choosing to lead the zombies.
Any scene that didn't make me think this was a Jackie Collins book.
Yes, wonder why female writers usually become so cliche.
Being a female reader, I was so excited to support a female writer, especially as it relates to a good Zombie story. The writer is obviously talented and intelligent but the writing on this book assumes the reader is not. True story line is overshadowed by predictable plots, 1 dimensional characters and silly scenes. I KNOW..let's ALL split up and clear out a dark hotel and get chewed on by hidden zombie ninjas. Anyone think of having one person scream in the lobby...PIZZA IS HERE and then wait for any undeads to come to you as you pick them off in a safe spot??? A few of the cattle calls and you are sure to get the highly mobile ones first and eliminates the whole...Oh crap , there's a zombie behind the door that I forgot to check.
I have been reading the whole series of these books and am currently on the third book. This is a well written and narrated series. This is not your typical zombie book that is all about killing zombies. In fact the zombie part is only half the story. The other half of the story is about creating a society that will function within the dire circumstances and building new relationships.
While often a sequel, especially in this genre fails to live up to its predecessor, this was another terrific book by Rhiannon Frater. The characters continued to deepen, and remained fresh, and the story and challenges remained exciting. Not a dull moment. Another one I would highly recommend. I am eagerly awaiting any more in this series.
Women zombie story readers
Much less interpersonal strife and agonized decision making. More action
I wish I could resell used audiobooks so I won't have to just delete this from my iPod.
The story picked up from the first book good story line...
Yes Love story between Katy and Travis
Characters fully develop, friendships deepen, and the story matures.
Jenny getting locked in the hotel room, whilst they are clearing the hotel. Intense!
Yes. She is always great, but she really excels with this series.
It made my stomach knot during some of the more intense parts.
This is my favourite book in the series. The story really gels and matures here.
Kept your attention from beginning to end!
Great story of survival!
Unlike a lot of other zombie books, this one depicted people actually finding somewhere to be able to create a safe environment away from the horror. Many zombie books have the survivors continually running from place to place instead of making one place habitable as best they can. I also liked that it showed other dangers, as in the bandits.
After reading the first book in this series, I immediately downloaded the second book. It's as good as the first book. The fort is coming along nicely, but now we find outlaws in the Dead Lands, as well as the Zombies. The action is pretty non-stop.
My only complaint is that I didn't really need Jack's point of view at the end. I'm not sure why that was even in the book. But still, I rated it 5 stars.
Now I'm waiting on book number 3. After hearing the epilogue, I know it's coming!
The good: I felt less like I was listening to finish the book and was more, "hey, what is going to happen next." Which is great. I would definitely pick book 3 up if it was on sale, but I'm not dying to find out what happens next. Though the ending for book 2 got my attention and left me wondering where book 3 will go.
The bad: Still too much touchy feely for my tastes in a zombie apocalypse book. I'm just now getting vested in the characters which should have happened in book 1.
This book is definitely better than book 1. Hopefully I will find book 3 on sale and will find that the series continues to evolve and improve.
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