• Strain of Resistance

  • Bixby Series, Book 1
  • By: Michelle Bryan
  • Narrated by: Marnye Young
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (343 ratings)

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Strain of Resistance

By: Michelle Bryan
Narrated by: Marnye Young
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I was 12-years-old when the world ended. For eight years I've survived in this sh*thole once known as Earth, fighting the alien parasite that mutated most of the population into bloodthirsty freaks while the rest of us became the lunch special on their alien menu.

Now things are changing, and not for the better. The parasite is evolving, becoming smarter, stronger, and deadlier.

They've already stolen everything from me - my home, my family, even the man I loved. It's time for this bullsh*t to end once and for all.

My name is Bixby, and I'm the resistance.

©2017 Michelle Bryan (P)2017 Michelle Bryan

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  • RJ
  • 07-29-19

We on the same page?

After perusing the many glowing reviews I had to wonder if we were reading the same story? I found only one somewhat negative review. The rest are predominately five-star reviews extolling the virtues of a kick-butt leading lady. Now I like a strong leading character as much as the next person, but is there any bias here? Just wondering…
Emma Bixby is a strong-willed, brusque leading woman. She is portrayed as a strong kick-butt heroine, but her strong-willed temperament is more of a defensive position than one of strength. She is obsessed with her ex-lover Sam, who went out on a mission one night never to return. The inability to let go of Sam is the root cause of her emotional and social insecurities. She gave her all and loved one man, which did not end well. As a result, she has built walls to shut people out and prevent herself from becoming close to anyone. Luke is the perfect example of this behavior. Her difficulties with the other operators is another example. Bixby is a survivor from an alien parasite that infected most of the world’s population, turning them into raging zombie-like creatures called leeches. She was recruited into a group of security operators that help protect the city from the infected and the cannibal raiders called ravagers. This is the account of The Life and Times of Bixby. Three.point.five for a solid character with great potential. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Could’ve been great...

Still trying to figure out how this book received such great reviews. There are things I liked, but more so things I didn’t…just as the book was starting to pick up, the epilogue begins...seriously?! I purchased this book as it came up in a search for dark fantasy- there is a darkness to it, but not as dark as I had hoped. The beginning started great and I thought yes, this is going to be a good book, but it failed to materialize.

Reviews stated the main character, Bixby, was strong, kick-a**, etc.- and she was fairly strong, unfortunately there’s an annoyance to her that over powers any kick-a** traits, combined with too many insecurities, the character fails. You can be damaged and strong without the annoying parts and it’s a bummer the author didn’t go that route. As for character development- you get a brief scene of Bixby admitting she’s scared and staying with her lover for the night, but that’s all. You will find yourself asking “who were the characters again?”. Then there’s the dialogue- if you enjoy childish jokes you would have heard in elementary/junior high school, this book might be for you. If you are looking for a dark, adult series, look elsewhere.

The good? There’s an underlying story that has potential if the author rids the book of the flaws listed above. Honestly it’s a bummer because this book could be fantastic. The narrator was wonderful.

Overall, I can’t recommend in it’s current form. I really wanted to like this one but felt I wasted my money.

Need a little more info? Aliens (called leeches) have taken over. A group of people are trying to survive while the aliens are showing signs of increased intelligence, ravagers (cannibals) complicate matters, throw in Bixby’s relationship with Luke, and that about sums it up.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: swearing (lots of it), words such as ‘tards, cripples, oldies, bimbos, or like-words are used fairly frequently, father is abusive to child and mother, killing, guns, a scene where a ravager grabs the main characters breast, multiple sex scenes, knives, death of loved ones, and probably more I’m missing. This is not for those who are easily offended or kids.

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