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)
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.
top ten for sure!
i didn't have a favorite. Each character had good points and bad.
She seemed age appropriate and didn't have any annoying pronunciations.
I actually read this in one sitting and listened to it in two or three.
This series keep me interested. I definitely could have used a little less of the love crap, but I was always on edge waiting for the next chapter!
Yes I would. I have the entire series and I fell in love with it. I got to know each Character so well I actually was very upset when something happened to them.
The in-depth back story and how both the main Characters where so different yet complement each other.
Little Fingers says it all if you have listened to the story.
I did react to this book but now how I thought I would have. I actually felt sorry for the Girls
I have enjoyed them both. This one centers around 2 female characters. Easy to follow and very captivating book. I would highly recommend along with the last bastion of the living.
Probably the part when both of the girls where rescuing Jenny's son at the camp.
Same as the book
Cassandra Campbell is a great narrator.
Yes A new look at the zombie novel.
Yes I would.
This book was dry in some places, but worth the listen. P.S. I really would like if authors would stop killing people just for the body count in books.
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.
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