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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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    russell Tampa, FL, United States 08-11-13
    russell Tampa, FL, United States 08-11-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Good on the verge of great"
    Would you listen to The First Days again? Why?

    Probably would. It sets a pretty good pace in the opening.


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

    The description of the main character's family turning into Zombies and her infant son's fingers clawing at the door crack.


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    Great narration and worked well since the main characters are female


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

    no


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Francoise Toronto, Ontario, Canada 05-25-13
    Francoise Toronto, Ontario, Canada 05-25-13 Member Since 2006
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    "My first zombie book"
    What made the experience of listening to The First Days the most enjoyable?

    Good story which manages to keep up the zombie killing pace without overdoing it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Thelma and Louise meets Linda Hamilton with lots of zombies


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Tinker Bell of Death!


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first book in this genre that got me past the first chapter.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ronda DALLAS, TX, United States 05-06-13
    ronda DALLAS, TX, United States 05-06-13
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    "love zombiie books"
    Where does The First Days rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I meet the author and she very nice told her i would buy book happy i did


    What did you like best about this story?

    Will let you know


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dustin ramona, CA, USA 09-05-12
    Dustin ramona, CA, USA 09-05-12 Member Since 2008
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    Would you try another book from Rhiannon Frater and/or Cassandra Campbell?

    cassandra did a good job at reading a bad story book wasnt for me


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

    no


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    shes very good at useing differnt tones for each person


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    meh not really


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Trevor Bakersfield, CA, United States 08-06-12
    Trevor Bakersfield, CA, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A relationship/love story in a zombie setting"
    Would you try another book from Rhiannon Frater and/or Cassandra Campbell?

    Maybe


    Would you ever listen to anything by Rhiannon Frater again?

    Maybe


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator was fine but occasional male voices/accents seemed to trip her up.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It is still enjoyable to listen to because of the setting. The first book had more of the survival type story, this book, the second is 70% relationship/love, 30% zombie.


    Any additional comments?

    Far too many times the author mentioned people's hair in detail which I found distracting. The author also spent a large amount of time on clothing and emotions/memories, which felt like it was slowing the progress of the characters and the story on the whole. Too many things were repeated.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Boynes Norfolk, VA 07-04-13
    M. Boynes Norfolk, VA 07-04-13 Member Since 2011

    Sci-Fi/Horror lover, going through a Zombie book phase due to my life long love for George Romero movies.

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    "Excellent story flow and character building."
    Would you listen to The First Days again? Why?

    Yes, because I like how the story flows. But I will wait until I finish book 3.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters and how they get through (or not) different situations. For instance, Rhiannon Frater surprise me by quickly taking out a character I thought that she probably was going to keep for a while. At first I was a little disappointed, but then I thought it added a twist that was very real. (I don't want to spoil it for anyone else by saying who, and how they were takin' out!).


    Have you listened to any of Cassandra Campbell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. But I have to say she can work on her Texan accent :), especially for the male characters. But she did ok. :). I'm looking forward to start book 2 later today.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Well, several moments.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine HANAHAN, SC, United States 06-14-13
    Katherine HANAHAN, SC, United States 06-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Must read!!!!"
    If you could sum up The First Days in three words, what would they be?

    Jaw clinching! You can't read this series fast enough!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jenny! She was fearless.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of them!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    How everyone is drawn together.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't care for Zombee movies or stories, but I have to say, Now I am hooked.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Glenn spokane, wa, United States 05-18-13
    Glenn spokane, wa, United States 05-18-13 Member Since 2011

    glennk@aagroup.org

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    "Breathy romance novel goes all zombie"

    So the dialogue is ridiculous, characters shallow and predictable, plot silly .... and I'll definitely read the next two! If your expectations are low enough, this can be a fun listen. Certainly helps to have the wonderful Cassandra Campbell narrating it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 04-04-13
    Amazon Customer United States 04-04-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Perfect Launching Pad for a Great Series!"
    Any additional comments?

    "The First Days" is a fantastic book and an amazing beginning to a series. I love the zombie genre but I feel some writers fall into the trap of making their books about the zombies first and the characters second. Not only does Mrs. Frater not fall into this trap she crafts a world of real people who are believably surviving in what should be an unbelievable world.

    If you enjoy zombie fiction read this book.

    If you enjoy horror read this book.

    If you enjoy stories about amazing people surviving horrific circumstances ... READ THIS BOOK!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Evan S. Michigan 03-08-13
    Evan S. Michigan 03-08-13 Member Since 2005
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    "The Best, the best, the best.The Pinnacle of Z-lit"

    This was one of the best zombie books if have ever read. It was balanced and believable. It was suspenseful, and kept me on the edge of my seat. As far as zed lit goes this one was as believable and exciting as they come.
    It was a refreshing change to see this type of book from a female perspective, but even as a male listener, it was not off-putting whatsoever.
    The characters were well-developed and interesting.
    I would highly recommend this if you are a fan of the genre, or even just giving it a try.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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