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Publisher's Summary

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.

Critic Reviews

"One of the few zombie novels fueled by the power of feminine protagonists in an apocalyptic world gone wrong." (Harrisburg Book Examiner)

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horrible charachters and bad plot

Would you try another book from Rhiannon Frater and/or Cassandra Campbell?

no

What do you think your next listen will be?

anything else

How could the performance have been better?

less dry

What character would you cut from The First Days?

the two main ones

Any additional comments?

when you give a person certain character traits you must stick to that, not turn a lesbian straight and not make the abused straight housewife have gay tendencies

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Typical zombie read...

I have had this book for a while to read and was excited to finally get to read it. This was part of the bunch of books I got when I was in a huge zombie reading phase a few years ago. This ended up being a pretty typical zombie book. This book details the first days of a zombie outbreak and two women who struggle to survive it.

I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobook was well done. It wasn’t outstanding but it wasn’t bad either.

My main complaint about this book is that after the initial rush and struggle to survive the book gets very soap operaish. There is a ton of drama about which characters are hooking up with which other characters. Of course then there is jealousy over this and infighting. I would have rather heard more about the survival aspects and the understanding behind why this zombie plague happened.

This book doesn’t explore the “why” behind the zombie attacks at all. I found that frustrating, but I assume that will be covered in future books. Towards the end of this book they start to address roving bands of brigands and thieves who are attacking the region. It becomes clear that other humans, rather than the zombies, are becoming the focus of the story.

This book is very brutal and gory and doesn’t pull any punches. If you don’t like reading about gore and brutality I would stay away.

Overall this was an okay read that is pretty standard zombie fare. I wish the book had focused less on human relationship drama and more on survival and the why behind the attacks. By the end of the book I was kind of bored with it all. I don’t plan on continuing the series.

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Bravo

This was the first zombie book I ever read, and it was just amazing. The audio version was so good as Well!

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This one was much better then Sara Flemming’s City series (in my opinion) better narrator and a lot more zombie action. A little to much of sexual orientation talk, but not nearly as touchie and feelie as the Flemming series. (Tho I did like her 1st series)

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Not my favorite zombie story

The book felt like more of a soap opera. Lots of stereotypes and multi sexual love triangles with adverb riddled dialogue. Dialogue and action were not very believable and I felt myself being pulled out of the story several times.

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  • 09-21-17

Katy and Jenni

One of the first Zombie stories series I ever read. So happy this audible was done right. The narrator is excellent story teller. Recommended

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a wonderful intro

this book introduce me to this amazing author years ago. I have since introduced several friends to her work and Have Not only purchased the paperback copy of the entire series but I'm also purchasing the audible copies. Just finished my third time through the book and still love every minute of it

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kept me listening

very emotional in several places. could understand several behaviors. I'm about to start book 2.

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Great story strongly recommend

Very good plot involving two women from different backgrounds. Survival is a must or is it luck. Get the book!!!

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good book

I was surprised at how good the book was. so I'm going to get book 2