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Publisher's Summary

From the author of the Amazon best-selling Broken World series comes an exciting new zombie apocalypse series....

When Regan was a young girl living in the small town of Altus, OK, Kellan was just her brother’s best friend. Then the virus came, turning the world’s population into zombies, and he became so much more. They were only kids, but he saved her. Watched over her. Kept her alive. And he’s been doing the same thing every day since. 

After living the apocalypse for nine years, Regan thought they’d experienced every kind of loss and terror imaginable. But when a new group starts wreaking havoc in the Oklahoma wastelands where they live, Regan and Kellan are faced with a new set of horrors.

When they cross paths with a teenage girl, offering to help seems like the right thing to do. But Regan and Kellan soon discover that lending aid to the girl very well could lead to their undoing. 

©2018 Kate L. Mary (P)2019 Kate L. Mary

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Where's the zombies?

This book wasn't for me. 90% of the book is the lead female being love struck like a 14 year old school girl. (She's 21) Every time the boy looks towards her, it's "he just looked at me. why did he just look at me? does he know I love him? does he love me too? I've only had these feelings for the past year. I get weak in the knees when he looks at me. I quit breathing. I have to remember to breath when he looks at me. I can't let him know I saw him looking at me. Oh, he just looked at me again. Why did he look at me again? I've felt this way for the past year. His hand brushed me shoulder. Why did his hand brush my shoulder?" and on and on. Literally 8 hours of this! Then he finally kisses her. The remaining of the book is her mentally anticipating them having sex. (I called it quits during the shower scene.) 5% of the book is the other couple having their love drama. And the remaining 5% is other stuff, like bad guys, the bunker, the town, etc. But there's no percentage of zombies you say?......I wish I'd timed it, because I think I'm being generous when I say maybe 2 minutes of the book were spent on zombies. To be fair, I didn't finish the book, because I'd had enough of the young adult romance during the shower scene. Maybe there was mention of zombies after that? I doubt it. The shower scene was near the very end.

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Boring

Couldn't finish this book as reminded me of a high school zombie teenage crush yuck

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THIS WAS NOT MY FAVE,BUT STILL GOOD!

I love Kate's writing and all things apocalypse...but this one felt way too long...and I didn't care for the romance between these 2...I liked that they lived underground...the place sounded amazing...and I liked how they all were a little family. I see the ties also0 to the other zombie apoc books in Kate's library and I loved that! Overall it was a nice listen, and the narration was on point! I still recommend everything Kate writes...she has a gift with the word!!! :)

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Meh!

Couldn't finish the book. Listen for maybe 18 minutes. Kept stopping and starting the book. Just too boring to continue. After the first chapter it was just meh! Definitely not my cup of tea.

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interesting

Excellent story, the audible voices were fantastic. I enjoyed this story very much. I would recommend this story.

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A love story during the zombie apocalypse.

The struggle to survive zombies, drought, apocalypse and love is real. I enjoyed listening to this with my daughter. Narrator could have picked up her pace at times, but she has a great voice and varied the characters well. I'm interested in hearing more from this series.

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Romance and problems during the zombie apocalypse!

Listened to the audio version of this story on Audible. It was a good listening experience; quality recording and a clear performance. The narrator does a good job; she fits the characters well. I enjoy zombie apocalypse romance, so love the premise for this story. Plus, there's a whole brother's best friend crush thing going on that I liked. Regan's brother died, but not before asking his best friend, Kellan, to look out for her. During the zombie apocalypse, that's a pretty tough job; especially since they were in their teens at the time. Now, Regan is 21 and starting to feel romantic towards Kellan, but she thinks he just sees her as a little sister. Kellan is a little bit older at around 25; he cares deeply for Regan and will do anything to keep her safe. Love how protective he is! Regan and Kellan both have a couple of annoying aspects, but I liked them together. They are both sweet with each other. They are part of a group of survivors that stay in some type of bunker, so there's a bit of story with some side characters too. Enjoyed the interaction between all the characters. We get lots about the relationships going on between the characters, some about the humans that have turned bad, and some zombie action! Overall, an entertaining zombie romance! Love that this is a series! Excited to see where the story goes and see the characters grow. This one has a bit of a cliffhanger; not too bad of one, but there's still lots of story to be told. Looking forward to it! Also, in the version of this story that I listened to, there was a bonus short story. This book mainly featured Blake and Emma, who were side characters in The Loudest Silence. It's about how Blake and Emma met at the beginning of the zombie apocalypse, the trauma they've suffered, and how they found themselves with a group of survivors. It was a good backstory for Blake and Emma, but it's sad because after getting their current story in the full book; I know things don't quite go well for them. Still liked getting to know them more. Good prequel!

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So Good!

Amazing 1st book in this series! If you pay attention there are some Easter eggs too!

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Excellent book!

Kate L Mary did an excellent job when writing this book! I absolutely loved these characters and the storyline!! I don’t always like the post apocalyptic books, but there was so much happening here that I listened to it non-stop until I finished! Heather Firth is awesome and I love listening to her voice!

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More romance than zombie

Fairly light storyline mostly consisting of emotional angst between two young people occasionally punctuated by the zombie apocalypse. A little too YA for my tastes but definitely well written. It deserves a place in zombie fiction. The narration bugged me. Heather Firth is obviously north midwestern or Canadian by the way she pronounces certain words. It clashes with the small town Oklahoma feel of the story. Pronunciation of frequently said words like “sorry” come out as “soar-y” instead of the Okie way of “sar-ree”. Not a huge deal to most people, I’m sure. Just a little like nails on a chalkboard to someone who has family from Altus.

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  • John Mckeown
  • 04-13-20

more love story than apocalypse

this is a first for me hearing a women narrating and an apocalyptic zombie novel too but I do my best not to make pre judgements and dive on in, to start I must say heather Firths Narration is very pleasing to the ears and as the story is based more around the female character Regan I found it a perfect pairing. my only personal niggles for me is this is more of a love story set in an apocalyptic scene then the hordes, blood, guts and gore I'm used too. but if you are new to apocalyptic books this is a good starting point an I'm looking forward to the next instalment.

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  • bluepits73
  • 07-19-19

Romance that Survives Zombies

If you've read/listened to this author's Twisted series, then you'll find that you recognize the world that this book is set in. Do yourself a favor and start with the bonus short story at the end of the audio, it starts about an hour or from the end of the book and then restart from the beginning, if you like to listen to things in order. I like that we got to see a different perspective from people who didn't live in the post apocalyptic cities, this is from the perspective of people who have survived on their own as a smaller group and who didn't depend on the government. Also, love the romance that is written, it is a friends to lovers and it is great. The entire story is well written and I found that I liked how the group formed a bond. Loved the story! The narrator gave a wonderful performance that was a perfect fit for the characters and this post apocalyptic story. She also narrated the Twisted series and it was cool to see that she got to narrate this non related spin off. She is able to give our female main character a voice that provides depth to the character's personality through her tone. Great job! I received a review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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  • Selina ryles
  • 06-12-19

just wow ...wonderfully written and compelling

This is the second book I have read by the author Kate L Mary. I have read/listened to Collision in the past, but this is completely different in terms of style and genre but nonetheless just as brilliant in a different way. This book certainly provides a great starting base to a new and exciting series. This is a completely different genre to what I usually enjoy reading etc but after enjoying 'collision' so much I felt compelled to give this a go . I am so glad that I did. What I love about this book is that it is not just your average run of the mill zombie apocalalyptic storyline that has been overdone a million and one times . Kate L Mary really works hard on her descriptions and you actually feel a part of the story whether its describing the surroundings or building the relationship between the two main characters. I adore how the romantic relationship grows and feel that it does at a great pace. The narrators voice is very pleasant and easy on your ears. I cannot emphasise enough how much I enjoyed this novel. I was given this book by the author /narrator in return for an unbiased review

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  • S. M. Wong
  • 06-06-19

familiar feel of a broken world in here

i was kindly given this book my kate in exchange for this review gerat to see back to one of the better narrators though i still have her placed at number 3 in kates readers,i was struggling to engage with this book till i got to the bunker and bikini part had feel of axe,angus etc from broken world ( of which we need more of the series here on audible,hint hint) it enticed me more into this book and seems to be great start to this series,i would like to see more zombie action at the start but thats just me.

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  • The-Scarlet-Finch
  • 07-22-20

Zombies and Brothers Best Friend Romance.

I received this book via a promocode and this is my voluntary review. Book number one of the Oklahoma wastelands series. Regan and Kellan were kids when he made the promise to her brother that he would protect her, for 9 years since the world fell apart they have grown up in Shelter alongside the others in their group. Regan has been noticing her feelings for Kellan this past year are becoming more intense... (kiss her already!) Kellan is now 24 and he's fully aware of how nicely his best friend Mats younger sister grew up. They go out on a supply run, soon people start hearing rumors of dangerous individuals attacking groups using hordes of the dead and later they find out they are hunting for immune survivors... keen to stay out of the drama Regan's group doesn't have much of a choice when Harper ends up on their doorstep needing help. This story has it all and those who love the walking dead will adore this story.

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  • Annette Schwartz
  • 10-02-19

Fabulous story!

This series is definitely a must read/listen. The author has a wonderful way of spinning a amazing storyline. The plot is very believable with a lot of twists and turns. (If this happened in real life I don’t think most of us will survive.) This book is so great that it leaves me wanting more. I hope this series will continue! I would love to listen to what happen in the next book. I narrator does an excellent job with the characters, which makes them come alive. The way he narrator’s make the emotions feel as though you are experiencing them yourself. I have listen to numerous amounts of narrators and have my favorites of course and Heather Firth is definitely on the top of my list.

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  • Sharon
  • 09-19-19

Great Zom-Poc ... a must listen!

A varied array of characters to get your teeth into and go on a rollercoaster journey with... Yet another great offering from Kate. L. Mary, she doesn't dissapoint. The narration is on point, just enough when needed and not overly dramatic. 5☆'s all round loved it!!!

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  • Annikki Hankvist
  • 05-31-19

Amazing!

This story caught my attention from the first second, and managed to keep it! Listened to it over 2 days, but it would have been 1 day if it wasn't for that pesky need to sleep. The focus is not on zombies, although there are some. The love story feels believable but not too overwhelming. The narrator did an amazing job, and her slight Canadian accent truly made this an enjoyable listen. I can't wait to listen to the second book in the series!