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)
Absolutely, and I plan on it. I loved that they didn't shy away from the fact there would be child zombies, lots of them. Most books/movies gloss over that fact. It makes for a more terrifying realistic view.
Katie for sure, I related to her more. She was such a strong character, even in her vulnerable moments, she was never ashamed of she she was, and she loved unconditionally.
This was the first time I have heard one of her narrations, but I def will again.
The first chapter was heartbreaking and real and hooked me from the get go. I was completely invested and so glad I picked up this book.
Take a chance on this series, you wont be disappointed.
Tough human emotions
yeah, it's a good look at a different side of human nature.
I believe that it did
The intensity of the children's demise and how it affected the mother in the first portion of the book.
I think that this book is a tough read (or listen) for a guy because it does focus a lot on the emotional state of the two women. With that said, it's tough to capture the human focus and this book seems to do it well. It's certainly not what I expect when I read a zombie novel, but I can't fault the author for writing from her imagination's point of view.
I believe that most guys will want to see more zombie fighting, survival skills and action, however, it's also a good idea to see what simmers below the surface if you are forced to survive together without running all over the country.
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.
I cant believe somebody reviewed this book who doesnt like zombie stories and bought it by accident - how useless is that? I found this book very well read and easy to listen too. It isnt scary but I never thought it was meant to be. It is a story about people and how they react to an unreal situation and it interested and entertained me enough to buy the second book before I completely finished the first (so I could get right on to the next part of the story).
First a warning: as a new father I found the opening scenes so distressing I almost stopped.
Overall I was interested in the characters development and enjoyed the zombie apocalypse elements of the story. Occasionally I felt like I had accidentally strayed into a mills and boon which I personally found stylistically jarring.
"Not so terribly bad..."
Ok, this is not a bad book but more your mediocre attempt at zombie literature. She writes well enough but unfortunately it is full of clichés, it is very very predictable and of course, the good guys all stay alive. It is entertaining enough but if you're a serious reder of zombie horror, avoid this at all costs. If you like teen supernatural readings like Twilight and such, go for it!
"A stunning 'must have' for your zombie collection."
This has all the great ingredients for a zombie story that you start and you can't put down. Great characters, nice gory details and believable.
It doesn't have anything in it that you couldn't imagine happening. No supernatural overtones and no characters are beyond being realistic.
Her narrative is perfect. Her characterization is really good and she portrays the emotion superbly.
I was hooked when I started it. No better reaction than that.
One of the best, and one I'll listen to again.
"Not my cup of tea"
Pretty much everything. I don't know why this is so popular, because this book to me had very few good qualities. Some of the problems, in my opinion:
1) The time scale does not match the character development, and within a couple days the main characters have developed a very close relationship, rescued someone, killed loads of zombies, witnessed several humans-turning-zombie-events, met other survivors and ended up in a colony that somehow has had the time to build a sort of fort. The plot is on speed while the actual time scale is in no rush at all.
2) Emotions. There are far too many of them. Or rather, the author has this need to describe them far too often. Don't get me wrong, if there's something that there is a lot of in a situation like this, it has got to be emotions. And zombies. However... Every little bit of emotion, whether its fear/sadness in some zombie-situation or jealousy/anger/love/lust in social situations, we hear about it. In detail. This kills all the mystery, leaving the characters fairly uninteresting, and their personalities feel constructed. End result: I didn't connect with any of them.
3) And quite frankly, this is a total zombie soap opera. I drew a little map of who wants who, and who doesn't want who at a particular time, but then changes their mind again later, and who tells who their secrets, and who feels this then, but that now, and it goes on and on. Not at all my sorta thing, far too tedious and unnecessary.
4) Although it does have it's moments now and then, most attempts at humour falls flat. For example, there's a scene where three grown men, two of which are the central "dream guys" (characters tend to be either perfect or completely flawed, with an exception in Jenni, who's a complete lunatic - but very pretty, so its okay), are going out to get supplies. Only, they can't get it all, because tampons are embarrassing. No, seriously, they have to bring Katie along, because they are too embarrassed to go out there - in a zombie infested world where you risk your life just by being alive - and pick up a feminine hygiene product. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! This would have been funny if they were joking about it, or if they were genuinly embarrassed, but able to pick it up anyway. But no. These three knuckleheads need to risk one extra life and bring the woman with them. This was so unrealistic to me that I actually got angry. I don't know a single man that's that useless, and Rhiannon Frater puts three of them in this book. How on earth does she justify this?
If this is anything to go by, then no.
No, I haven't, but the narrator was the best part about this book, so I certainly won't mind listening to anything else read by her.
Mostly disappointment and confusion at how this gets good ratings.
(Too) fast-paced action with too many unrealistic scenes and too much noise (emotions and drama) to be anywhere near as good as it could have been.
From the opening lines, this novel had me hooked. It haunts me still. I listened to this book about a year ago, and have read many zombie novels since. This one (and the two more in the trilogy) remain my favourites. World War Z has - justifiably - the reputation of being the best zombie novel, but this trilogy isn't far behind. It has engaging, powerful characters, a good storyline, and an excellent balance of character-driven and action-driven interest. I strongly recommend it if you're a zombie fan. If you're not - yet - start with World War Z. And the reading is excellent.
Story grips you right from the start. You get drawn into the characters straight away, have ordered next book before I've finished this book.
"Its a zombie road trip."
What utter tosh. I thought books about zombies rising up and taking over the earth died out years ago. I bought this title by mistake, but didnt send it back because I assumed it would to be OK. Mistake compounded.
Even the gruesome bits aren't frightening. No terror or suspense.
The narrator has the sexiest voice ever though.
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