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.
The Bookish Brunette thought:
OH. MY. GOD. Where do I start? From the very FIRST paragraph- I was hooked!
Jenni- with an ‘i’ is standing on her front porch staring at “tiny fingers” trying to claw their way out from underneath the front door. Her terror IS MY terror from the very beginning, as she recounts the events of her family being transformed into flesh eating zombies before her very eyes.
Her abusive husband had come home the night before claiming that a homeless man had bitten him, slept on the couch and Jenni was awakened by the terrifying screams of her 3 year old son being eaten by his father. (Literally- I am almost trembling just remembering it.)
As Jenni is standing, paralyzed with fear and shock on her porch as her 12 year old ‘now ZOMBIE’ son is about to break through the window- Katie, a stranger in a beat-up white pick-up truck flies into her yard yelling for her to get in the truck.
Jenni barely makes it into the truck as her once precious son, whose last act was unknowingly sacrificing himself to his zombie father in his mother’s place.
Amidst the chaos that has now claimed the United States, there are few places of sanctuary for the ‘living’. After Katie and Jenni risk their lives and save Jenni’s step-son, they make their way to Ashley Oaks (Um WIN… Fab choice in names!)
In Ashley Oaks… comes Travis (the name ‘Travis’ says it all doesn’t it?) The picture of perfection- but which woman will he fall for? Killing zombies, going on rescue missions… in the midst of a Zombie Apocalypse is there even a chance for romance?
There is nowhere to go. There is no escape. Zombies are everywhere. The First Days by Rhiannon Frater is terrifyingly realistic and vividly horrifying, this book is feverish and electrifying- AMAZING in every sense of the word.
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