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Generation Z, Book 6

The Queen Unchained
Narrated by: Brian Callanan
Series: Generation Z, Book 6
Length: 20 hrs and 33 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
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In the thrilling conclusion to Generation Z, Peter Meredith has created a work of unsurpassed vision, power, and imagination. The Queen Unchained transports us to a world filled with zombies that are unlike any we have ever experienced before.

But there are worse things than the undead.

The Black Captain emerges victorious at every turn.

To the south, Jenn Lockhart begins her reign as queen, isolated and vulnerable. The signs all point to a coming invasion, and yet she has a fleet that consists of only one ship and an army that’s made up of broken ex-whores, a handful of children, and a few cowardly men who haven’t run away only because they were afraid to leave.

To the north, assassins and spies haunt the island of Bainbridge, turning the people against the idea of war and undercutting the leadership of Governor Deanna Grey at every turn. Her people cling in desperation to the idea that maybe the Corsairs can be reasoned with and that war can be avoided. Deanna knows it’s the hope of fools. With no other choice, she decides to adopt Jillybean’s craziest idea yet - she plans to blow up her own walls.

To the east, Corsairs and mountain bandits converge on the island, driving little Emily Grey before them. She has no choice but to flee from one danger to the next. If she’s caught, she knows that her mother would trade all of Bainbridge to keep her safe.

And in the middle of the Corsair lair is Jillybean, naked, chained, and collared like a dog. Although she’s able to withstand the barbaric tortures inflicted on her, she breaks mentally, physically, and emotionally when the people she swore to protect are horribly mutilated in front of her. Now, it’s not just her body that’s enslaved, it’s her mind as well. And hers is a mind that can overcome every enemy.

©2019 Peter Meredith (P)2019 Peter Meredith

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Outstanding!

With each book, the series gets better and better. I hope this won't be Jilybeans's last adventure. First introduced in the Undead World and since I have grown to adore her. I have read her many trials and tribulations, and the labyrinth that is her mind. Even so, parts of this book were tough for me to hear. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed listing to The Queen Unchained. The plot was fantastic, packed with suspense, twist, turn, ups, and downs. Honestly, this series is not for the lighthearted.

Overall, this was a brilliantly written tale with an astounding conclusion. Peter Meredith's writing is insanely good. He has the exceptional ability to take the reader/listeners on a terrible and yet fascinating journey. His characters are multi-layered and captivating; they are ordinary yet admirable, complicated, and even despicable.

Brian Callanan did a superb job narrating, particularly with the distinctive voices for characters. His inflections are precise, knowing when and how to change his tone. He is a very talented narrator and ideal for the series.

I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for an unbiased review.

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suspenseful and humorous

Avid listener. characters are full of life and every backstory draws you in. Excellent work.

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A perfect ending to a phenomenal series...

Generation Z, Book 6 (The Queen Unchained) by Peter Meredith and narrated by Brian Callanan is a wild, dark ride to the end of the series. I recommend if you have been following this series from the beginning. If you are new to it, start with book one. It’s a brilliant, twisted zompoc world that is a must listen!

What’s it about? Keeping it short and spoiler free- the summary does a great job at what to expect. Jillybean struggles throughout, previous characters make a return, violence, struggles for power, The Black Captain, and more. I can’t say it enough- if you have been following this series, this is a must listen.

The narrator, Brian Callanan, does a wonderful job on all the books- his character voices are excellent, pacing good, and he’s easy-to-listen to.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: Similar to the other books- adult themes, dark themes, and not for the faint of heart.

*I was given a free review copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you for allowing me to listen and review the book!

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Gen Z

A great series that kept me interested.Sorry to see it end. I’ll miss Jilly Bean

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another hit!

as per my experience with this series, he has scored another knock out blow. great ending to the series now I return to the original that spawned this great series as I found generatin Z before the original which is also great!

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Incredible collection of disturbing characters

I volunteered to review this audiobook in exchange for a free copy, not realizing that it was for the 6th and final book of a series, and I had not read or listened to any of the others. OOPS.

I went through the first seven chapters and decided that I was not up to the challenge. I just could not understand how a talking toy zebra belonged in a zombie story. I was so lost. The story was fascinating, but very disturbing. The violence and brutality were harsh (even for a zombie world), so if you are bothered by violence, this is not a book for you. But the characters were totally different from anything I had seen or heard before (in a good way), and the narration brought each character to life, so I really wanted to continue, but I was just so confused.

Fortunately, I was given enough information to understand enough of the back story that I thought maybe I could get through it. I started over from the beginning and was captured by the story. I am so glad I kept with it.

My first realization was that this was NOT a zombie story. Yes, there were zombies around, and that influenced the back story, changed strategy, and set the stage, but zombies have almost no role in this book (well, except for one, that you kind of have to like). This is a story about people put into impossible situations, and doing more than they ever thought possible. The main characters are flawed, but flawed in strange and interesting ways. They are nothing like me, but I still felt a connection. I hope to see more of them in future books.

One thing that did bother me was a brief mention by the smartest character in the book about zombies at 20,000 feet in the rocky mountains, but there are no rocky mountains that tall (unless the geography also changed in the earlier stories)

The narration was quite good, with distinct voices for each major character. My only problem was that some of the young female characters ended up sounding kind of bratty, and I think all of them deserved a little better than that, but I think that is less of a complaint about the narration and more of a praise for the character development...I felt the characters deserved better.

I would not recommend reading or listening to this book without first finishing the others in the series. I am sure I have been given many spoilers that could hurt my enjoyment of the other books, but I am going to read/listen to those as well. The characters are just so good I want more of them, even if I already know what will happen to them in the end.

I am so glad I made the mistake of choosing this book.

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair review, and I have voluntarily left that review here.

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What a thrill ride!

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***Obligatory Disclaimer 1***
I received a free copy of this audiobook from the publisher/narrator at my request and have chosen to write this unbiased review of my own volition.

***Disclaimer 2***
I have not read the first five books (yet), so there are inherently some things I did not understand that perhaps I should have.

Now, this was my first experience with narrator Brian Callanan and he did not disappoint! Although the females leave a bit to be desired, overall his voices are well crafted and distinct. His vocal inflections are spot on and his shifts in tempo are appropriate to the action.

Right at the start we are dropped into a rather tense situation with Emily that was very confusing, and subsequent scenes with the other major characters continued that trend.

I have to assume the previous book ended on quite the cliffhanger.

That said, however, the author does a great job of filling in just enough details for me to piece together what was going on and who was who.

With the exception of Gilly, of course. It was only after the third or fourth scene from her POV that I realized she is not a seer or a medium, she's just crazy. She's not schizophrenic, and she doesn't have multiple personalities. Not exactly. But she lies somewhere in the gap between those two disorders in something that we don't have a name for.

Needless to say, this combined with her native intellect quickly made her my favorite character and the one I most strongly rooted for.

There are a lot of characters to keep track of and a lot of points of connection between those characters that are not immediately apparent.

The story is told through the eyes of an omniscient narrator that commonly goes off on tangents about places and histories that the characters are either unaware of or wouldn't care about, which became quite obnoxious rather quickly.

Apart from this there are a small handful of points regarding science and physics in which the author misspeaks, but overall the science, physics, and medical information seems sound. As are the battle tactics, which was refreshing.

I don't have any other critiques though. The writing is good, characterization fantastic, and the plotting is far tighter that I ever could have expected from a 20-hour audiobook!

There is clearly a lot of background that I'm not aware of, and it's a testament to the author's skill that a good portion of that comes through without having to spend huge swaths of text reiterating those points.

I find myself intensely curious about the zombies themselves and just how exactly they came to be as they are (some are as much as ten feet tall, and others seem to have adapted to existence in the water).

The climax of the story actually takes up around a quarter of the novel, which was phenomenal. Rather than a single massive engagement there are several epic battles that make up the climax of the story. Major characters are lost, while others rise to the occasion. There are shocking twists and turns along the way.

Although not everything is final (you can't just get rid of a world full of zombies, after all), the ending brings us a very satisfying conclusion to what is clearly an epic story full of struggle and conflict.

I'm definitely going to be picking up the other books and doing a reread at some point.

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  • justin ford
  • 11-13-19

Good book, good value.

The start is hard going, but once the story picks up it is a decent listen and worth investing the time.
It will be interesting if this story continues now after that ending.

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  • Dick Bateup
  • 11-17-19

awesome<br />

I really enjoy the Peter Meredith zombie books, they never disappoint me. now the long wait for the next book