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.
"One of the few zombie novels fueled by the power of feminine protagonists in an apocalyptic world gone wrong." (Harrisburg Book Examiner)
The book begins when the zombies first take over. It's great to listen to, how people deal with the impossible of the dead rising. Some live some die. I like the the "thinking" humans actually improve their situation, instead of being in a constant state of running.
Good book, from a female's point of view.
Probably would. It sets a pretty good pace in the opening.
The description of the main character's family turning into Zombies and her infant son's fingers clawing at the door crack.
Great narration and worked well since the main characters are female
Good story which manages to keep up the zombie killing pace without overdoing it.
Thelma and Louise meets Linda Hamilton with lots of zombies
Tinker Bell of Death!
This is the first book in this genre that got me past the first chapter.
I meet the author and she very nice told her i would buy book happy i did
Will let you know
cassandra did a good job at reading a bad story book wasnt for me
shes very good at useing differnt tones for each person
meh not really
Narrator was fine but occasional male voices/accents seemed to trip her up.
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.
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.
If you are looking for a book to keep you on the edge of your seat, then you have found it! I was hooked from the time that I listened to the first 5 minutes! The First Days is a story about 2 strong women that are faced with horrible odds but instead of giving up they fight for their lives and the lives of the people they love. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a spine tingling action packed ride! You will not be disappointed!!
...but I couldn't get past the Lesbian love story line.
The actual Zombie stuff seemed fairly mainline.
I quit listening after three hours. Not for me.
However, the reader is excellent and I will look for more books read by her.
No thank you. Truth be told, I've only made it thru the first half and won't likely finish it. Like some other reviewers have said- not my demographic. A Lifetime network version of the zombie story. Geez I mean the author writes that the dog that the main characters pick up as expressing his mood by giving people doggy smiles. A little too cute for the end o the world. Silly descriptions of sexy rugged working men. It's really kinda comical. Almost like a story that's told so silly like that u wanna play it for people. The this is tastes so bad that u want everybody else to taste it phenomena.
No, prolly not. More cautious, yes.
The different characters were distinguishable, without being too over the top.
Jenny is a flat, one dimensional character- a typical abused and damaged goods character who has been suddenly liberated (relieved of her children and husband). True Lifetime heroine.
The author makes sure that you know how everyone feels, at all times, in case you can't figure it out yourself. Very cut n dried and lazy,in my opinion.
I enjoyed the storyline, the concept and how the individual characters came together, to co-exhist. I also enjoyed the different types of zombies (shamblers/sprinters) and the varied methods of dispatchment.
This story is a different twist than the usual genre because it centers on a central female character....nice touch.
The female narrator could deliver with more power and less (cutsie) fluff.
The sequel is now in my updated list to listen.
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