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)
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.
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.
I can't decide between Jenni and Katie. These two ladies made me feel like if the zombie apocalypse actually ever did happen then I might have a fighting chance. If a traumatized housewife and an urban professional can mow down the undead, then maybe I could too. ;-)
I have to say that the narration was the one thing that irked me a little. It wasn't enough to make me stop listening, heck, I bought all three audiobooks in this series, but Ms. Campbell's narration was just a little too precious at times. I'm not sure how else to explain it. I know these are Texan women, with the twang to go with it, but even when the situation didn't seem to call for it, their accents would drip with honey. I don't think a woman's voice would be that sugary if a zombie was biting at her heels. As I said before though, it wasn't enough to make me stop listening and I was able to let it go most of the time.
I did listen to this book for long stretches at a time, yes.
I've read other people compare this unlikely pair to Thelma and Louise. I can sort of see where they get that idea, but it doesn't totally stick for me. Those two were destructive together. Katie and Jenni are good for each other and stay alive against the odds. I really enjoyed the complexity of their relationship and how Ms. Frater did not follow the, perhaps, expected path that would have led to a sexual relationship between them. Their friendship is something better than that, I think.Ralph and Nereet (no idea if that's how you spell her name; the only disadvantage of only listening to a book) are wonderful and I found myself wishing they were real. Jason's mere existence came out of left-field but in a good way.One other thing that irked me was the insta-connection that happened between Katie and Travis. Maybe I'm just cynical but it was far too convenient for my taste. And anything that threatened to come between Jenni and Katie made me uncomfortable. Maybe that was the point, though.All-in-all, a great book!
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