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The First Days (As the World Dies, Book One) [Format Kindle]

Rhiannon Frater
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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. 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.


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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 833 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 336 pages
  • Editeur : Tor Books; Édition : Reprint (5 juillet 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B004OA62U4
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Truly amazing! 29 avril 2014
Par LF
Format:Format Kindle
This book is amazeballs!

It's the zombie apocalypse and 2 girls, Jenni and Katie, end up traveling together in search of a safe place.
Those 2 girls form an intense friendship from the start and get through all the horrors together, having each others back.

I can't wait to see what happens next to Jenni, Katie and their entourage in their (hopefully) safe enclave!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 sympas 5 janvier 2013
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sans pour autant etre bilangue ce livre ce lis facilement, les personnages sont interessant et les divers situations sont bien narre a recommander si vous avez aimer : les chroniques de l'armagedon ou le virus morningstar
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Thelma and Louise meets The Walking Dead...ruined for me by infuriating characterizations 18 juin 2011
Par AJ - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Commentaire client Vine pour produit gratuit (De quoi s'agit-il?)
I'm so torn as to how to review this book because it had several things going for it that I flat out loved, but...it also had one thing that made me want to chuck it across the room several times while reading.

THE FIRST DAYS is basically Thelma and Louise meets The Walking Dead. Jenni is a young battered wife who is about to be eaten by her husband, son, and baby when Katie, a stranger, pulls up in a truck and rescues her. The women quickly bond over their respective losses. Katie lost her wife, and Jenni nearly her whole family. They meet several interesting characters on their escape from Houston including the reluctant leader of a band of survivors they join named Travis. *WARNING* The first scene is one of the most upsetting things I have ever read. Mothers are especially cautioned. *Spoiler* It involves a woman watching her zombie husband eat their baby out of a crib and later what is left of the baby, now a zombie too, tries to get to the mother. Later a different zombie baby, this one an infant, has it's skull bashed in. *End of Spoiler*

The story is so good. It was initially written as an online serial, so every scene is packed with action, conflict, and zombie killing goodness. And I couldn't ask for more from a zombie infested world than I got in THE FIRST DAYS. It's terrifying, chaotic, and full of misinformation and seemingly insurmountable odds. All the secondary characters Jenni and Katie encountered from the husband and wife survivalists holed up in their gun store methodically sniping their infected neighbors, to the Reverend who saves Katie's life and his dog's at the expense of his own, were fantastic.

I wish I could just stop there and give this book a glowing recommendation, but I can't, and it's mostly because of Jenni. She has the maturity and decision making skills of a thirteen year old. She starts out as one of the most tragic character ever, but quickly shifts into an entirely different person who I wanted to strangle in every scene. The day after her husband eats her baby in front of her, she decided to give lesbianism a try. The day after that, she starts flirting with Travis, smirking when she catches him watching her, getting jealous when she thinks he might like someone else. A character who lived through what she lived through should be barely functioning, not worrying about landing a new boyfriend or giggling about a jerk getting eaten by zombies. Every scene she was in (and as a main character we're talking half the book if not more) was more ludicrous than the last. Her thoughts, actions, dialog, and facial expressions became a new form of torture to me.

I don't believe Jenni or Katie would be anywhere near the realm of even beginning to have the slightest inkling of a romantic awareness with anyone yet both women respond the second they meet Travis which is less than two days after surviving an unimaginably horrific loss. Like I said, Jenni should have been catatonic, but Katie's response was almost more shocking because, up until this point, she had repeatedly proclaimed herself to be a lesbian. Turns out she's bisexual which is convenient revelation so both women can test the the bonds of their new friendship when a guy comes between them. I'm getting angry again just writing about this.

Overall, certain aspects of THE FIRST DAYS like the worldbuilding and plot, were amazing, while others, like the characterizations, were infuriating to point of ruining the book for me. The second book in the As The World Dies: A Zombie Trilogy series is called FIGHTING TO SURVIVE and will be published on November 8th 2011.

Sexual Content:
Kissing. References to homosexuality and a discussion of bisexuality. References to gang rape. A brief sex scene.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Couldn't even finish it! 6 octobre 2010
Par Harry Dresden - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Sorry Ms. Frater to give your book a bad review ....... but it was really bad. Why make a big deal about the lesbian relationship? People are turning into zombies and eating each other!!!!! And what's WRONG with the woman, Jenni? Is she mentally/emotionally challenged in some way that we aren't specifically informed about? Her reactions, comments and behavior are just so far out and just plain idiotic.

All in the time span of a few hours, she saw her child killed and eaten by her husband, watched them turn into zombies, saw a man's head blown off and had to run for her life to avoid the same fate. Right after a man's head is blown off, Jenni says in awe "His head just kinda popped". That was it. A few sentences later she's offered food to eat and this is her reaction - Jenni sighed contentedly, obviously relaxing. "I'm so happy we are here. It feels good to be around real people, not dead ones. Or stupid ones. We saw a few of those on the road."

Huh?

I also have to say that the part in the first chapter of the book where she says over and over and over and over and over (you get my drift!) where the "the tiny fingers" kept reaching for her really got on my nerves. I guess that was my first indication that I wasn't gonna be happy with this book.

I made it through chapter 3....... and that was it.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Zombie apocalypse with a twist: a women's perspective 8 octobre 2008
Par Patrick S. Dorazio - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
I guess I should apologize. This is the tenth review of this book and the first one that is not giving this book 5 stars. Nine in a row with all five star reviews is a pretty solid streak and my four star review should not put a damper on things that much. It is just that I cannot provide a review that is filled with as much overabundant praise as the previous reviewers.
Rhiannon Frater has gone where...well, many men have gone before, but very few women. In fact, as I scan my bookshelf that is filled with all sorts of zombie stories I can't really see another female author that pops up there. A few short stories, for certain. When I look at vampire titles there are plenty of women involved in the mix, but as far as the walking dead are concerned, it has been pretty much the boy's club up to this point.
The author provides a fresh, female perspective to the zombie apocalypse. No worries, zombie fans, this is no "girl power" feminine manifesto, though going into this story I had my concerns. The two main characters are certainly two characters that could have fallen into that realm: an abused housewife who is set free by both the advent of the zombie apocalypse and by a ultra confident lesbian attorney who hits the road with her in a desperate attempt to escape the mass slaughter going on around them.
The author does a good job of taking two characters that could have easily been turned into stereotypical archetypes and fleshing them out into real people. Beyond those two characters we also are provided with a variety of strong male and female secondary characters as well. These two fit into this mixed up world of zombie apocalypse, yet they don't overpower it. They grow stronger and there is a bit of a Thelma and Louise-ish quality to their story but they are certain much more than that.
Yes, I freely admit that it is my own fault that I might have jump to some conclusions in advance of getting very far into this book but I also never hesitated to dive into it. I must say I was pleased I did.
The author has a solid writing style and given that this is an inpendent book there is surprisingly few typos throughout. A few but if you have ever read any other independent zombie fiction you certainly will appreciate the level of quality that went into the editing of this novel.

The overall story here runs parallel to many other zombie novels, with the author's own variation on the theme. We land in this story as Jenni, one of our main characters, has just seen her family wiped out by her abusive husband, who was bitten by some bum the night before. Turns out he was infected and overnight has turned into a zombie, killing everyone but his wife, who escapes with Katie, another woman who just witnessed her wife, Lydia, turned into a zombie as well. They escape into the Texas hill country and meet up with other survivors until they come upon a town that is being turned into a fortress. The story is filled with a lot of high powered action and fast moving zombies. There are romantic undertones that are nicely done (something that rarely seems to be the case in most zombie novels...most authors who write this style of book don't do a very good job on that level). In this, the first of a trilogy, we get to see the characters evolve and get to meet several other solid characters. It is a book well worth reading if you are into the zombie genre.

So, with all that said I can comment on why I did not give this book five stars, like so many other reviewers before me. It has nothing to do with the fundamentals of the story. It is solid, well told, and I am looking forward to the second and third installments.
It would be served well to go through a round of professional editing even as solid as it is. I give high praise to anyone who can write and do not get me wrong, but this story could be pushed into something far greater with another person taking a look at it.
The introduction to Travis, one of the main characters in the book, was a bit overwhelming. The author makes it abundantly clear that is is the protypical handsome hero with some of the more fervent discriptions of him. Both of our tough females, who up to this point have been rock stars in dealing with all sorts of adversity, melt in his presence. It was a real "all men fear him, all women adore him" type moment. After the initial introduction the author does a good job of making him more real throughout the story but I thought the initial introduction was a tad bit over done.
A minor gripe I have with this book is when the author inserts references to the zombie survival guide written by Max Brooks in the story a few times. One of the characters is respected as a expert on the subject of zombies because he has read the guide several times and provides others with survival tips based on what the guide has said, although he gripes that the zombies in this story are somewhat different than the ones in Brook's book. Maybe it is just me, but the reference seemed a bit too obvious. That said, I do appreciate, as many zombie fans will, the effort the author went to in attempting to create a safe haven away from the zombies as the residents of the town our two main characters end up in attempt to build a fortress to live in safely as the zombies scratch at them at the outside walls. Envisioning how you would survive a zombie apocalypse long term certainly comes into play with some of her ideas.
I did like how the author dealt with the challenges people would face in dealing with having to kill the infected before they rise from the dead. I am not sure how easy it would be to declare that anyone bitten must immediately be put down but that is addressed here in this story. I think all of us would want to believe we could easily take someone out who has been bitten and has no chance to survive, no way to avoid becoming something that is no longer human, but there is something to be said for giving someone every last minute of humanity they can get before pulling the trigger and snuffing out their lives. Perhaps the author, who does a fine job of exploring this topic in this book, will continue to develop the topic in the second and third book.

In using the rating system that Amazon has, I liked this book. I liked it a lot and encourage other fans of zombie fiction to give it a shot. Is it perfect in my estimation? No, but nothing is. Does the overall trilogy have the potential to be tremendous? Yes, it does. I look forward to finding out what happens next in the second installment.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A realistic zombie story? 7 juin 2011
Par K. Nettles - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I couldn't give this book four stars for reasons that other reviewers have well-covered: a checklist plot line and some aspects, such as the romances, are forced. (Seriously, a couple weeks into survival mode is way too early for anyone to be worried about getting a new dad.) And yet, the book is worth reading because the author explores human cognition and reactions to the initial event in ways that are more realistic than most books. For example, the government is not in evil cahoots with the zombies, but is giving out some initially bad advice based upon their own poor understanding of what is happening; family members refuse to leave their homes because they still love and have faith, not because they are stupid; some choose to wall up in fortresses of their own making rather than head for the larger community safe-haven. In other words, everyone figures out the danger at their own pace and each chooses what they perceive to be the safest path. The interesting part is seeing how those decisions work out for everyone.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Terrifying(ly Bad Writing)! 3 juin 2012
Par Cellar Troll - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Let me start by writing about the pros of this book. This consists of the first page of the book, which, per the writer's epilogue, was also the impetus for the entire book. A woman in a bathrobe stands on her own front porch while her zombified baby tries to claw its way underneath the front door to consume her. This page truly takes horror to the next level!

The rest of the book, however, is tragically insipid.

The cast of two-dimensional characters throughout this book are objectified in terms of their hair color, race, and sexuality. We have the beautiful blonde woman (note to the unfortunate reader: I recommend a drinking game, where every time the blonde's curls are mentioned, you drink), the beautiful brunette woman, the gorgeous Hispanic man, the beautiful Hispanic librarian, and believe it or not, there is even a spouse described as the "big, black, beautiful wife". In fact, the author's habit of immediately pointing out the race of any character who is not white makes it painfully clear that the author herself is very white. Meanwhile, the sexuality of the vacuous main characters flips at the author's contrived discretion. The housewife tries to kiss a girl because she thinks it's the thing to do. The lesbian suddenly turns out to be bisexual after the hunky male lead arrives on the scene. With all of the book's characters suffering from a deadly combination of being neither interesting, nor complex, nor likable, we would of course expect the zombie apocalypse itself to carry the book's appeal.

But this, too, falls flat. The overall plot and structure of the book is lacking. In the first third of the book, the main characters ply their way through the "zombocalypse" with relative ease, even going miles out of their way at one point on a rescue mission, and in mere hours transforming from relatively domestic women to sharpshooting zombie slayers. The next two thirds of the book are spent in a fairly secure location where the only conflicts arise from their efforts to date the hunky boys they have found. The book ends when the writer, well, stops writing. There is no huge battle at the end, no internal or external conflict, no horrible revelation, no breach of the defenses, no battle for leadership. The book just ends. One minute, a survivor is telling some people how she survived, and the next minute, you're reading the author's explanation for how she came up with the premise of the book. A decision to simply end a book without any sort of a climax is not justified by the author's intention to write a sequel.

The most terrifying part of this book is the complete lack of interest the author displayed in any coherent character development. Nobody seems particularly distraught or damaged by the events that have occurred. Every so often, the two main characters will in a quite contrived manner suddenly remember their kids or spouse and act sad for all of 32 seconds. But they're much more concerned with whom they should date or whether or not they are receiving sufficient attention from others (yes, they are *that* shallow) than with the end of the world as they know it.

The cons don't end there, however. The author repeatedly breaks the "fourth wall" with explicit references to Romero and the Zombie Survival Handbook. The characters are all experts on the nature of zombies because of their familiarity with these examples of zombie media, because of which, they're natural born zombie survivors. The author also compensates for her apparently poor vocabulary by dumping in an overload of profanity. I can take or leave profanity, but when it's there just to blatantly bump up the word count, it's tedious.

And some of the sentences in this book are just horrifyingly bad.
- After a trite sexual encounter in a janitor's closet, the narrator states, "It was perfect." Really? Random sex in the janitor's closet is your perfect experience?
-Another character's problem with her ex-boyfriend is summarized as follows: "He had been pleasant enough, but she despised him for trying to use her sexuality for his pleasure." That's interesting, because I kind of thought that sexuality was typically for pleasure, unless it's strictly for baby-making.
- Finding a zombified man in a library: "Trapped in the entryway was an old man, dead, hungry, and beating on the interior door. It was kind of funny that he still clung to his library book." Well, that might be funny to the reader, but if that's funny to the character in the book who witnesses it, I have to wonder what kind of twisted sicko this is.

I picked up this book in the hopes of reading a good summertime zombie apocalypse while I wait for "The Walking Dead" to come back for season 3 in October. My expectations were low, but this book failed even my low expectations. If this were written by a fourth grader, I would be impressed. Written by anyone else, and it simply lacks on all levels - action, horror, romance, and character.
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