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The First Days: As the World Dies, Book 1 | [Rhiannon Frater]

The First Days: As the World Dies, Book 1

The morning that the world ends, Katie is getting ready for court and housewife Jenni is taking care of her family. Less than two hours later, they are fleeing for their lives from a zombie horde. Thrown together by circumstance, Jenni and Katie become a powerful zombie-killing partnership, mowing down zombies as they rescue Jenni's stepson, Jason, from an infected campground.
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Publisher's Summary

Rhiannon Frater's As the World Dies trilogy is an Internet sensation. The first two books, The First Days and Fighting to Survive, have won the Dead Letter Award for Best Novel from Mail Order Zombie. The First Days was named one of the Best Zombie Books of the Decade by the Harrisburg Book Examiner. And AmericanHorrorBlog calls Rhiannon Frater "a writer to watch".

The morning that the world ends, Katie is getting ready for court and housewife Jenni is taking care of her family. Less than two hours later, they are fleeing for their lives from a zombie horde. Thrown together by circumstance, Jenni and Katie become a powerful zombie-killing partnership, mowing down zombies as they rescue Jenni's stepson, Jason, from an infected campground. They find sanctuary in a tiny, roughly fortified Texas town. There Jenni and Katie find they are both attracted to Travis, leader of the survivors; and the refugees must slaughter people they know, who have returned in zombie form.

Fast-paced and exciting, filled with characters who grab your heart, The First Days: As the World Dies is the beginning of a frightening trilogy.

©2008, 2011 Rhiannon Frater (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"One of the few zombie novels fueled by the power of feminine protagonists in an apocalyptic world gone wrong." (Harrisburg Book Examiner)

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    Adam Rodeo, CA, United States 01-19-14
    Adam Rodeo, CA, United States 01-19-14 Member Since 2015
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    "My life is to short to finish this audiobook."

    This audio-book started off so strong, the first few hours were great zombie fiction. A bit formulaic but a story well told and well narrated. Then it crashes into a badly written harlequin romance. We're talking about two women, both widowed and 72 hours into the zombie apocalypse who start competing for the favor of a guy. The level of "shark jumping here" is epic. I can envision the author with the novel 1/2 way done showing it to a friend and saying:

    "What do you think?"

    "Needs Romance...."

    "But I don't know how to write romance, and it would make no sense in context..."

    "JUST DO IT!"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen Westport, MA 01-17-14
    Ellen Westport, MA 01-17-14 Member Since 2011

    Ellen

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    "horrible -- awful --- stupid"
    What disappointed you about The First Days?

    I love this type of book and I've enjoyed this audio reader in the past, but this was HORRIBLE. gave up a few hours in. WASTE OF A CREDIT


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. 06-10-12
    R. 06-10-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Could've been better..."
    Would you try another book from Rhiannon Frater and/or Cassandra Campbell?

    No, Unfortunately I ignored the other reviewers who stated correctly that this has way too much touchy feely girl talk & not enough action... and I'm a touchy feely girl!
    Sometimes I get bored with zombie books that are full on military driven, so as a woman I thought this would be perfect for me.
    Alas these women are less Thelma & Louise & more Fried Green Tomatoes w/ zombie extras. After losing so much in the first days of a zombie apocalypse, it was hard to believe these characters would be so concerned with hunky men & other frivolities.


    Has The First Days turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Which character – as performed by Cassandra Campbell – was your favorite?

    Cassandra did a very nice job, but this tale still fell flat.


    Did The First Days inspire you to do anything?

    yes, find better zombie books.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to a sample, and the 'tiny fingers' got me to sink a credit... wish the book had lived up to it's potential. I know this was serialized first on the web, perhaps some editing would've been helpful for the the audio/print version.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    aaron Clearfield, UT, United States 02-09-12
    aaron Clearfield, UT, United States 02-09-12 Member Since 2015

    I am 36 years old. Married with 3 kids - 2, 4, 13. I work at night, my wife during the day. I don't have time to read, so I listen at work.

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    "Not bad, but not great"
    What did you like best about The First Days? What did you like least?

    I love that Frater was not intimidated to write about child casualties. Also the level of detail through her words made it seem as if she were really there. I did not however like the inconsistencies that existed in the book. Such as the woman in the managers office was alive but completely emaciated and near death from starvation yet the time frame wold not allow for such a scenario. The Z-Day happened only weeks before finding this woman. Details like that and more, distracted me from getting wrapped up in the story.


    Would you recommend The First Days to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, but with a disclaimer.


    Which character – as performed by Cassandra Campbell – was your favorite?

    Katie, she seem the most real. Had real fears and real emotions. I took a personal interest in her safety and actions.


    Could you see The First Days being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, this book had to much estrogen in it. Too much feeling and not enough fight or flight. I would think in a disaster such as a Zombie Apocalypse, people wouldn't have time for love. Its a matter of survival. Especially when the bulk of this story takes place a few weeks to a couple months after Z-Day. It would be emotional whiplash to get jerked in so many directions. Jenny lost 2 kids and an abusive husband. Where is the time allowed for healing. Not to mention love would be too delicate and leave a person emotionally vulnerable and thereby allowing one the false sense of tranquility thus causing that person to drop their guard. Love strings cause pain because death is always right around the corner.


    Any additional comments?

    This book felt too much like a soap opera that just so happens to be about Zombies. Not a Zombie story that just so happens to deal with the prospect of love.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 12-31-11 Member Since 2012
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    "I love This Series Bring it on Zompocalypse"
    What did you love best about The First Days?

    The characters were well developed and there was hardly any down time or calmness.
    I think guns and zombies go together perfectly, so it's all good!!


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Vancouver, BC, Canada 12-15-11
    Greg Vancouver, BC, Canada 12-15-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Could've been better"
    What would have made The First Days better?

    I just felt the book was just filler in between two covers. The main character I just couldn't get into, I enjoyed the abused housewife character that should of been more explored and centralized. This book just lacked something to me.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    something better, maybe a repeat of


    What does Cassandra Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    good voice acting ?


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment in time I will never get back


    Any additional comments?

    I would look into the morning star strain, day by day armageddon, or even One Second After by William R. Forstchen.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Lynda C NORTHRIDGE, CA, US 11-14-11
    Lynda C NORTHRIDGE, CA, US 11-14-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Amazing"

    What a fantastic story, it held my attention from the beginning. Such complex characters, and totally believable. I'm downloading the next installment right now! What are you waiting for?

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    naelene wanganui, New Zealand 05-19-13
    naelene wanganui, New Zealand 05-19-13

    "evil wins when good men do nothing "quote

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    "couldnt stand it!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Prehaps a little less feelings while zombies are banging at the doors, a little less annoying
    thought processes.whining


    Has The First Days turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No love the zombie gene but not this book


    Any additional comments?

    Keep it simple with the relatioships, basic boy meets girl.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Ozark, Arkansas 07-13-12
    Jennifer Ozark, Arkansas 07-13-12 Member Since 2015

    I am a graphic designer by trade and a Film student by choice! I am always looking for a good story!

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    "I fell in love with the end of the world!"
    Where does The First Days rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The best series of books that I have gotten from Audible so far! I find myself listening to the story over and over again!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The First Days?

    There are so many memorable moments in this series! I found myself on the edge of my seat over and over again! My favorite moment in this book comes with the intro of Nerit- the aging female Israeli sniper. I so want to have her cool factor!


    Which character – as performed by Cassandra Campbell – was your favorite?

    Cassandra’s characterizations are all top notch! However Katie, Jenny and Nerit are her best


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book had me on the edge of my seat and I could not stop listening to it. I would find myself tensing then relaxing again only to hold my breath a moment later!


    Any additional comments?

    I would suggest reading (As the world dies: Untold stories book 1) before moving on to book 2. Rhiannon is an excellent writer that has rich character development! Her books are about the people in a situation, instead of A situation with people thrown in. I have become an avid fan of hers and this is where it all started!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dan 06-14-12
    Dan 06-14-12 Member Since 2015

    I'm a horror nut! Zombies in particular! Epidemics, end of all things! Also enjoyed Game of thrones very much!

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    "Can't wait for the Movie!"
    If you could sum up The First Days in three words, what would they be?

    Surprising, Real, smooth


    What other book might you compare The First Days to and why?

    I think many zombie Genre Books compare to each other so maybe here I will say where I feel it Differs. Where many Zombie books deal with zombies,Death,chewing,tearing,ripping etc.. this story will also tell you stories inside of stories which will smoothly lead you into stories which all get tied up into a Zombie Tearing and chewing Story.. YA FEeL Me!


    Which character – as performed by Cassandra Campbell – was your favorite?

    Believe it or not Jenny! Probably first Female Character I've been down with! Most end up being the bimbo sexpots who after they are sexed out nobody minds they get eaten (by zombies). Well not here, No Sir!! This young lady is Bad Ass, Kick Ass, Fiercly Loyal & protective of her friends/Family.. And I picture her being very Hott! I actually imagine her looking very much like the author of the book!!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Tag Line..?. I don't get it... If I'm guessing at your meaning correctly I'd have to say
    "Trow Em Ova Dat Dere Wall, Make it Known Ya Best Nots Mess wit Texas"


    Any additional comments?

    The Little Fingers at the very start of the book.. Uuggghh unless your not human it tugs at you! Hard for any parent to imagine!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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