Banished by bad decisions to spend the summer with his great-grandmother, Liam Peters thinks his life is over. After all, Marty Peters is a tough woman to be around. Maybe she wouldn't be so bad if she'd just take an interest in the modern technology he loves. Sure, she has some insight to her...but the woman is practically "pushing daisies". Not surprisingly, as tornado sirens announce a city-wide emergency, Liam discovers why that term should be avoided...well...like the plague.
When Grandma Marty tries to send him on his way, refusing to abandon her home, Liam sees his situation in a new light. Something deep inside awakens - and he chafes at the thought of leaving his 104-year-old grandmother to die. Armed with two tiny pistols and an arsenal of knowledge from his overwhelming zombie book collection, Liam realizes he could be the hero and accomplish the impossible: rescue her.
With the interstate gridlocked, opportunist criminals looking to take what they can get, law enforcement desperate to keep the peace, and the military declaring St. Louis a war-zone, Liam and Marty find themselves wrapped up in a world of chaos and panic. But when the zombies begin to overshadow everything else, Liam comes to appreciate why there are no atheists in foxholes.
Since the Sirens is the gripping first installment of E. E. Isherwood's hit post-apocalyptic series Sirens of the Zombie Apocalypse. If you like to watch society collapse, zombie hordes bear down on the heroes, and skin-of-teeth escapes, you won't be able to pause this awesome story!
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The story seems a bit antiseptic for a zombie apocalypse. It was missing something gritty and messy. Things were described as being tough, but it somehow seemed removed from the reality of what was going on in the story.
The story line is a bit hard to believe in that an old woman survives the onset of a zombie infestation. The characters are a bit bumbling and often make poor choices in the face of dire situations. Generally the story is well researched and written, but there seems to be viewed through a bit of sterile gauze. The author promises as many as 10 books in the series. I am not sure that my attention would be sustained or that I care enough about the characters to follow them this far.
Liam is spending the summer with his great- grandma, not by choice, but he is making the best of a bad situation. When the Zombie outbreak happens, he debates with himself what he must do. Does he try to take this 104 yr old lady out of the city or bunker down. In the end he has no choice, and along with a new friend, Victoria, the 3 set out to leave the city to the dead.
This turned out to be a little different than I expected. I'm still not sure what my feelings are on where the author is taking the story. Grandma's visions were very much out there and I'm a little unsure on whether I like that turn of events or not!! I might have to read book 2 to really see what I think.
Anyway, the overall plot was ok. The Zombie apocalypse happens and catches everyone by surprise and Liam and his grandma have to find a safe haven. Nothing really new there but still enjoyable to read. It wasn't exactly a fast paced, intense read but it played out fairly well. I wasn't bored, which is always good and it held my attention till the end!!
Character wise, I liked Liam and thought he was believable. He is a typical teen!! When the Zombie outbreak happens, it takes him a while to believe it and then his first thoughts are for himself till he finally remembers his great grandma. Even then, while he would never leave her behind, he does plan a "what if" situation and a "could I" situation. "What if" the zombies attack, grandma cant run, "could I" leave her? etc. I think most teenagers would think the same.
In all, this was a good story with likable characters. It's not a gory, action packed zombie read, but enjoyable non the less. It's very much a YA Zombie read!!
*I received this for free via Audiobook boom. This in no way affected or influenced my thoughts.*
The zombie apocalypse is my genre. I soak up every little bit that I can get. I'm so tired of all zombie books being full of torture, over the top cruel to women, sexist, etc. Book after book, it's the same story.
But then comes Since The Sirens! I was so pleased with this story. You've got a teenage boy trying to take care of his 104 year old grandma during the zombie outbreak. I loved it! I don't find that story line far fetched. I had 2 great grandmothers that lived to be in their upper 90s. One succumbed to dementia, but the other was very capable right up until the end. In her 90s, she was mowing her own yard! (Never tell someone in their 90s that they can't do something.......they don't take kindly to it :P )
So I loved the story. It was refreshing. The only downside is that book 2 isn't out on audio yet. I would have immediately purchased it to continue the story.
The narrator did a superb job!
This audiobook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. With that being said, I would have paid a full $15 credit for book 2, if it was released!
Loved loved loved it!
TARGET AUDIENCE: Young Adult, Apocalyptic with some mild romance, mild religious references, coming of age.
PROFANITY AND SEX: None. This book is appropriate for all ages. It is tasteful, I would be happy to see my teenage and preteen children reading or listening to this book.
STORY LINE: Unique Zombie Apocalypse book. This one has a spiritual spin to it. A young man, who is struggling with his relationship with his parents (sounds like all teenagers), who is stuck in his own world gets stuck with his grandmother for the summer. He quickly grows up realizing that he cannot abandon his granny, but needs to help her to safety. Yet who is saving who? The grandmother or the grandson.
NARRATOR: Loved the narration, really brought the story to life. Excellent job.
OVERALL: I loved this book. It was a terrific read. I was hoping that my son would read it before I posted a review, but alas you can only get my point of view.
“This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.”
Since the Sirens is an interesting start to a new zombie apocalypse series. There were several original concepts in the story that made it stand apart from the rest. The characters are definitely interesting, especially because the main character is 104 years old. It seems like the other main character, Liam, is constantly getting in over his head and doesn’t have the wisest sense of survival. It certainly makes for an interesting combination. The narrator does a fantastic job in this story. She does a great job with all the different characters and voices, especially with Marty’s voice. I look forward to joining Marty and Liam in their adventures in book two.
This audiobook was provided by the narrator at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.
Really enjoyed listening to this book. I've read and watched a lot of zombie books and shows. One theme used throughout most of them is gore, blood, horror and gruesome/graphic violence. Though this book doesn't completely disregard the violence, it's a much diluted version. Most of the book spends more time talking about the situation, the main characters, and describing the surroundings. There are guns, blood-soaked zombies, biting and gnashing, and some violence. But mainly this book stays a bit further away from the more revolting descriptions.
I liked the interaction between Marty (104 year old great-grandmother) and her great-grandson, Liam. It sounded rather plausible and I would imagine most people get closer through tragedy. I also liked the introduction of Liam's love interest, VIctoria. I think the build up of tension and the thoughts going through Liam's mind were very real and gave a good indication of how the mind of a teenage boy operates. The dialogue was good and there weren't a lot of issues with syntax. Overall, pretty well written in my opinion.
The narration was wonderful. Nancy did a great job pulling you through the book. Her voice is smooth and unencumbered. She transitioned nicely during the dialogue. Very nicely done!
This book has a little religious tension. It describes scenes that ascribe some type of heavenly interference. For me, that was a bit of a stretch. I understand why it had to be in there for the purposes of advancing the story, but it really took quite a stretch to reach the point of believing this would be a plausible scenario. However, it worked for this story, and I suppose if you're reading/listening to a book about the zombie apocalypse, you probably aren't really expecting too much plausibility from the outset!
Overall, I really liked the story, and think you will too!
I received a free copy of this audio book for an honest review.
Loved how the story unfolds. Marty continues to amaze me. It's really cool to see the growth of Liam. Can't wait until the rest of the series is on Audible. The narrator did an really good job. I received this audobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.
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I have listened to, read, and watched many books and movies to do with zombies. This book has to be my absolute favorite one so far. I hope I gain the opportunity to read all of them.
I want to thank Nancy for the free book and think this book would be a great addition for all. I received this book free in return for a unbiased review.
always on the road so im always listening to books
I received this book free of charge in exchange for this unbiased review, I realy liked the story though I have to admit I got a weird image of how a zombie apocalypse would play out even though it has nothing to do with how the story goes, I couldn't stop imagining geriatric zombies, the narrator was awsome and kept me in the story, I highly recommend giving this a try
Always searching for that next great adventure to dive into... preferably while society collapses and all hell is breaking loose!
I didn't ever really follow the zombie hype, UNTIL NOW!! I couldn't stop listening to this story, the author did an outstanding job of character development and did a great job with the research... I've lived in both downtown STL as well as Arnold MO and the attention to detail and accuracy is fantastic.
This was my first time listening to any of Ms. Peterson's performances... She has just become my new favorite female narrator and is in my top 3 narrators overall!! Her portrayal of the characters was phenomenal. Regardless of age (from teens to old women), accent, gender, etc... she nailed this performed and really brought the characters to life!
I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the post- apocalyptic SHTF genre... I'll definitely be continuing this series!
* This book was provided to me at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.
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