by Annie Walls
Series: Famished Trilogy #1
Genres: Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic
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Life for Kansas was perfect until the day the world changed. She has been hiding out for four years in solitude. It's the only way to survive. The only way not to draw the living dead. Helping a small group of people, she learns the new world might not be what she assumes. Venturing out of her refuge and comfort zone, she meets Rudy, who helps her find a greater purpose. She realizes that the world has moved on without her. Only it's not what she expects. Her knowledge of the living dead grows and only makes her more curious as humanity continues to hang on by a thread. While on her search for answers she finds comfort in new friendships and love, but her past seems as if it will haunt her forever. Kansas takes it upon herself to help other survivors, which would be easy if the famished were the only obstacles.In a trilogy plot thick with twists and turns, this adult dark fantasy is emotional as much as it is horrifyingly gripping.
When I saw the cover of Taking on the Dead, I was immediately drawn to it. The chick is walking down a rural road carrying a huge knife and I immediately had to read the synopsis. Its book one of the Famished Trilogy and I got goosebumps! Throw in the living dead, a quest for answers and a mysterious guy and I was totally sold. I am delighted to inform you that Taking on the Dead delivered an action packed post-apocalyptic tale that has left me anxious for book two. Walls paints a beautiful picture of both the horrors and pleasures in a zombie infested world. Her characters came to life, and I found myself invested in their stories.
Kansas City Sunshine Moore (yep that is the protagonist name and I love it..she goes by Kan) has been on her own for over four years, living in a shelter below her old homestead. She is a survivalist, thanks to skills her father taught her, and old books from his library. When she encounters a set of humans being attacked her life changes. Determined to find answers she begins a journey towards one of the military compounds. On the way she is attacked by a horde of zombies and saved by a guitar playing, muscle ripped smexy man named Rudy. *swoons* They share stories and begin traveling together. The tale that unfolds was horrifying, suspenseful, and filled with twists. It kept me turning the pages late into the night.
I love the characters Walls introduces us to; each is unique and at times mysterious but so fleshed out that you immediately find yourself connected to them. Kan is tough as nails, fearless, brave, snarky and totally kick-ass in the zombie killing department. She moves like a stealth ninja in her torn jeans, boots and dreadlocks. There is also a vulnerable side to her. She has been alone for years, and the first humans she has contact with betray her. Despite this she is eager for companionship and thirsty for knowledge. She is independent, sensitive and wants to make a difference. I adored her! Rudy *swoons*He is hot, funny, shy, eye candy to the ladies and feared and respected by the men. He has secrets, and you just want to pry his soul open and expose them. He is sexy and has heart of gold. He does the right thing, the noble thing, even when every instinct in him is screaming crush and destroy. The secondary characters are developed, original and fascinating. While I did not adore them all, I was certainly invested in all of them. There is an underlying romance, that is not fully developed. There is also a secondary romance where the gentlemen really knows he does not stand a chance, but cannot help caring anyway. While it reeks of a triangle, take heart it really isn’t the battle was won long ago..but living gets in the way and who really knows what will go down in the end..GRR! The good news is that whatever happens romantically will develop slowly and naturally. Well as natural as it can in a zombie infested post-apocalyptic world. One thing I liked was that the romance was really a side story to Kan’s quest for answers and the mission they decide to undertake.
This is a dark, gritty new world and the world building was superb. While, we did not completely get a sense of the why the living dead took over, we do know who is responsible. There is so much going on in this novel, as we travel with Kan and learn new pieces of information about what’s happened over the past four years. The tiny cities, scavengers, and the strange government compounds that seem to be controlling zombies all created suspense. Eep! The zombies are teeth-gnashing, flesh-dropping and hungry!!! I loved all the dark, gory details Walls provided. As Kan, Rudy and their friends join together to uncover secrets I found myself completely immersed in the tale. The lines of reality blurred and this world and its characters became real to me. I laughed, I cried, I yelled, and caught that high that only a good tale can bring. Just when I thought they were safe, something else would happen! The non-stop action had my heart racing. I cannot wait for the next installment in this trilogy.
For Zombie and post-apocalyptic fans, Taking on the Dead is a must read. Not sure if you love the dead? Then consider reading this for the characters, the suspense and the mystery. This is a perfect fall read, and the perfect cleansing from all those zombie impostor books you read this summer!! Controlling the Dead is the next book in this trilogy and Living with the Dead is the final book. At this time there is no information on their release dates.
I’m so in love with this book 🙂
I haven’t heard of this before! I am definitely going to be checking it out! Great review Kimba!
It is soooo good!
O.o it was awesome loved the zombies hope you get to read it and thank you.
Wow what a fantastic review that was !! thumbs up* The book sounds really good and I’ll have to read it sometime soon .
Sharon - Obsession with Books
A wonderful, detailed review Kimba! These characters & the world Walls has created sound fascinating.
This book sounds amazing! I hadn’t heard of it before now but it is definitely going on my wishlist, you have me intrigued.
It was such a treat..I hope you try it Sharon!
Oh I think this one I would really like plus the cover is made of win!
totally agree ..its the whole package!
Ugh zombies *hides*
Audrey D Wilkerson
You had me at smexy…
You are welcome!
I was like you, when I saw the cover I got curious and now I want to know. lol
Yeah and I am so glad I squeezed this in..so worth it!
I have been wanting to read this book.
O.o it is so good Tia..I hope you get to read it soon!
It’s a good one!
Hahaha…you so need to read a kick-ass Zombie book!
This sounds SO good! Amazing review! I’m totally sold! 😀
Thank you for the chance to win it!
It totally was DeAnna, thank you and good luck!
Oh wow, that looks good 😀 Every book that has zombies in it, must be on my wishlist. I’m so glad to hear that you loved this one so much. The characters sound great. Kan sounds like the type of girl I love to read. Great review!
This was really good, Zombie good..I cannot wait for book two!
This was awesome..but too graphic for the little guy!
O.o I look forward to hearing your thoughts when you get a chance to read it.
Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf
I am not big on zombies but Kansas and Rudy sound like amazing characters and I am so curious to see what “pleasures” a zombie ridden post apocalypic world might hold!
You’d be surprised! This is so much more than zombies..
Ohh five stars! I really wanted to do this tour but just didn’t have time. I love that name so cool and I was immediately drawn to the cover. Glad to hear the world building is excellent!
This was a good one..hope you get a chance to read it 🙂
I have this one! The cover got me too. It was so kick butt!
You make me want to read this, I might as well keep with my current zombie theme. 🙂 Great review!
go Cricket, go Cricket..this is the perfect time of of year for a Zombiefest!
This book sounds awesome! Thanks for the giveaway!!
You are welcome Justine!
I love dark, gritty worlds like this. This really does sound amazing. The cover is awesome. Thanks for sharing.
You are welcome Jen 🙂
O,o you have to read it!!
This was a surprise..and totally friggin awesome!
Very nice review. Sounds like an interesting book.
Thanks and good luck!
Great review, thanks for the giveaway!
You are very welcome 🙂
Sounds interesting….though the cover reminds me of the movie THE HITCHER. Thanks for sharing!
This completely rocked and I hope you get to read it!
I’ve definitely been looking for more zombie books lately. Especially with the Halloween season and all. It has a great cover too!
If you love post-apocalyptic and dystopian worlds you will eat this up, yes there are zombies but the book is so much more..eep!
ohhh looks awesome.. im loving all these books.
this rocked the Zombies!!
Christy (Love of Books)
I have this one coming up next week! Great review!
Sweet…i look forward to reading your thoughts on it 🙂
It is fantastic Kristilyn..i loved it!
Great Review! I’ve been hearing a lot good things about this book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy 🙂
This rocked and I hope you get a chance to read it 🙂
O.o this was good, I hope you decide to read it 🙂
Do add it, this totally rocked!
Very cool! Sounds kinda like a Walking Dead sub plot LOL
O.o kinda but better 🙂
Oh do and I will tell you this made my top 10 list for adult fiction for 2012!
This sounds like a very gripping read! I love gritty stories so this sounds perfect for me. Another amazing review, Kimba. 🙂
LOVED this book! Read it a couple weeks ago, & can’t wait for book 2!!!!! Oh, and I’m #TeamRudy! 😉
This book looks sooooo good! Everyone is talking about it!! Thanks for sharing!
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Darlene's Book Nook
Oooooh, another zombie book that sounds awesome!! I’m currently reading Rhiannon Frater’s zombie series, and it is revived my interest in zombies!! I’m definitely adding this one to my Wishlist, thanks!
I’ve really been enjoying zombie books recently for some reason. Normally I shy away from anything too gory but I’m very drawn to the post-apocalyptic, survival-at-all-cost storyline in most zombie books. This one definitely sounds like one I’d enjoy and with your recommendation, I have no doubt I’ll love it! Awesome review, as ever Kim
I’ve been wanting to try this book! thanks 🙂
Ohhh!!! Another zombie book! /swoon! <3 Love this review. I'm adding this to my christmas/birthday list for my hubby! LOL