by Rhiannon Frater
Series: As the World Dies #1
Genres: Horror, Post-Apocalyptic
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Katie is driving to work one beautiful day when a dead man jumps into her car and tries to eat her. That same morning, Jenni opens a bedroom door to find her husband devouring their toddler son.
Fate puts Jenni and Katie—total strangers—together in a pickup, fleeing the suddenly zombie-filled streets of the Texas city in which they live. Before the sun has set, they have become more than just friends and allies—they are bonded as tightly as any two people who have been to war together.
During their cross-Texas odyssey to find and rescue Jenni’s oldest son, Jenni discovers the joy of watching a zombie’s head explode when she shoots its brains out. Katie learns that she’s a terrific tactician—and a pretty good shot.
A chance encounter puts them on the road to an isolated, fortified town, besieged by zombies, where fewer than one hundred people cling to the shreds of civilization.
It looks like the end of the world. But Katie and Jenni and many others will do whatever they have to to stay alive. Run, fight, pick each other up when they stumble, fall in love…anything is possible at the end of the world.
I love Rhiannon Frater’s writing and have owned the As the World Dies series forever. But have I read them? Nope. So when I dusted off the #FraterfestRAT in October, I knew it was time to beginning this series. Zombies, survival, and friendships made this post-apocalyptic tale a page-turner.
Original published in 2008, The First Days is perfect for fans of the Walking Dead TV series and the trilogy would make a great gift for any zombie fan. In this first tale we follow Jenni and Katie, two strangers who survive the first day in Texas. The two escape the city and we follow them as they meet others, build strong friendship and end up in a fortified rural town that besieged by zombies.
Frater can weave a tale and pull the reader in, from her easy descriptive writing style to the fast pace story, and developed characters. I am always fascinated by our reactions to sudden change and danger. It is interesting to see how humanity reacts from violence to emerging leaders.
Jenni loses everyone at the onset of this outbreak. The imagery in the opening scenes are unthinkable. It all felt bloody real and in that moment I became immersed in the tale. Katie’s story speaks of heroism, but also leaves her with survivor’s guilt. It was powerful. We witness selfish acts and selfless acts throughout the story. It makes you realize those people that cut in line, cut you off and feel they are entitled to more…. will be horrible freaks if things go crazy and the world dies.
Frater brought everything to life and made it all feel surreal. She showed the good, the bad and the downright ugly side of humanity while introducing us to a group of characters you’ll want to root for. It was an intense ride, but it was also grounded in reality from the logistics of keeping zombies out, to the subtle romances.
Fans of Mira Grant’s Newsflesh trilogy will find Frater’ story refreshing.Zombies, survival, and friendships made The First Days by Rhiannon Frater a post-apocalyptic tale a page-turner. #Zombies #AstheWorldDies Click To Tweet
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