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)
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.
Sci-Fi/Horror lover, going through a Zombie book phase due to my life long love for George Romero movies.
Yes, because I like how the story flows. But I will wait until I finish book 3.
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!).
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.
Well, several moments.
Jaw clinching! You can't read this series fast enough!
Jenny! She was fearless.
All of them!
How everyone is drawn together.
I don't care for Zombee movies or stories, but I have to say, Now I am hooked.
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.
"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!
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.
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