Before the outbreak, Sahara was a high school teacher living alone in a small Alabama town. She saw her life as nothing more than endless days of teaching children Shakespeare and nights reading paranormal romances. She was happy with her life, as quiet and mundane as it was.
After the outbreak, Sahara becomes a warrior traveling across the country in search of sanctuary. She spends her days and nights killing zombies, searching for food, trying to maintain her sanity, and if Daniel has his say, finding love.
How will Sahara help those who are left find safety and stability in a world full of nightmares? Will she stop resisting the man she loves and open her heart, knowing that he may not live through the next second let alone the next year? Join Sahara and her people in a fight against creatures set out to devour them and the unknown threat controlling them to find out.
Resistant is a post-apocalyptic zombie novel by Jennifer Reynolds. Sahara was a normal high school teacher in a small town. One day, she realized she had begun to prepare for a zombie apocalypse when she subconsciously starting sensing an uptick in zombie fascination. And one day the zombie apocalypse arrived at her hometown. After weeks of surviving, a group of armed people enter her barricaded home, discover that she is resistant to the zombie virus, and adopt her into their group. As Sahara morphs from a high school teacher into a zombie fighting warrior, she also finds love in their group. As they travel, trying to find out how the government is dealing with a problem, they must deal with the trials of living in their new reality full of zombies and crime. Meanwhile, Sahara must come to terms with and learn how to define her relationship with her potential newfound love.
This was an odd novel in that it tied together the zombie apocalypse story with romance. And the zombies didn’t seem like they were really the main focal point of the story. But rather, zombies were just the overall driving motivation for what the group was doing. But the real story ended up being more about people, good and bad. The central driving event in the novel was actually a crime conducted by human beings rather than the zombies. I liked the premise, with a strong female protagonist learning how to become a leader. However, her interactions with other women and the men in her life seemed fictionalized and this made it hard to believe and easy to become exasperated with Sahara. I would have liked to learn more about what is happening on a global scale.
The narration by Margi Stephens was well done. She did a good job of capturing Sahara’s exasperating voice, especially. The production quality was good and I would recommend this story to anyone who likes romance novels set in unique environments.
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First of all I have to say that I'm in love with Sahara. I found her to be an amazing point of view. She captivated with her personality from the beginning and I found myself not being able to stop. The story line flowed nicely and everything kept up with a fast pace. My favorite part was near the beginning when they woke her up and she was throwing shade left and right while not wearing pants. That is the moment when I knew I found my heroine. I loved the world that Reynolds built. It was a different take on the zombie outbreak and I really enjoyed it. It has qualities that you are familiar with but are different as well. I was overall extremely impressed and look forward to reading more from this author since this is the first work I have read from her. I would recommend to this to my zombie and dystopian loving friends.
Now let's talk about the narrator. The narrator did such a fantastic job telling Sahara's story. I was blown away with how well she captured the emotions behind each word. I know I'm going to be a huge fan of the narrator and will follow their career. I really enjoyed all aspects of this novel.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Definitely! I have lot of friends who love zombie stuff and this book really nails what it might be like.
What other book might you compare Resistant to and why?
Maybe The Walking Dead only less soap opera and more realistic.
What about Margi Stephens’s performance did you like?
Margi did a great job. She is clear and uses good intonation and various voices for each character. She also sounds southern and Sahara, the main character is southern so her voice fits well.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
I'm not great with tag lines maybe something like: Are you resistant to the virus or will you turn?
Any additional comments?
I enjoyed listening to this story. Jennifer Reynolds builds character using the feelings and inner workings of the human mind. She interprets actions with what a character is feeling. Not many authors do that and she does it well.
The story takes place over a number of years. In the beginning people are aware that a zombie apocalypse could be somewhere in the futures horizon. Some people take this more seriously than others. Either way when it happens some precautions have been put into place. It turns out there is a small population who are resistant to the virus. No one really knows how the virus started but they have ideas that somehow the military is involved.
Sahara, the leading lady is an ordinary school teacher who lives a simple solitude life. Which becomes even more lonely after the virus spreads and she is barricaded inside her house alone. It isn't until a group of survivors come beating on her door that she realizes how lonely she's been.
Without giving away more of the story I recommend this book completely. It's entertaining, fun and a bit realistic.