The First Days: As the World Dies (Paperback)
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Short Description for The First Days On 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, thrown together by circumstance, they have become a powerful zombie-killing partnership. Named one of the Best Zombie Books of the Decade by the "Harrisburg Book Examiner."
- Published: 05 July 2011
- Format: Paperback 336 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780765331267 ISBN 10: 0765331268
- Sales rank: 37,683
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Reviews for The First Days
It is 1:07am and I just finished The First Days. It is the first book in the As the World Dies trilogy by Rhiannon Frater and like zombies to human flesh...I ate it up. Also, I cannot sleep now, but that is not important. What is important is how I'm going to keep myself occupied until the second book arrives.
This is a fast paced story. For "Zombie" literature, a realistic look at what life might be like if the dead rose. How would you react? How would you survive and at what cost to your moral compass? How would you interact with the living now that the dead are walking around? What horrors might you encounter aside from the walking dead? All of these themes are touched upon in a well thought out manner. Unlike many Zombie stories (some of which are awesome like the Autumn series by David Moody), the characters in the As the World Dies series have seen a zombie movie or two (they may have even read something by Max Brooks); they call the walkers zombies and they joke about how the zombies are like the ones in the movies; or how they aren't. I found this maked the entire concept of the Zombocolypse more realistic. These are people like us; people who have watched everything Romero has ever done; people who cringe behind sofa cushions on Sunday night for a dose of The Walking Dead on AMC. It makes the whole story more real; more believable. Also, there is no Hocus Pocus...no magic or telepathy or other-worldly powers....just zombies and regular old people. It isn't a cross between Dawn of the Dead and Twilight. At it's most basic, it is a very likely imagining of what might happen to a group of survivors if the dead came back.
It is also a fast paced read. As I embraced the panic the characters are feeling, my reading sped up. At times I felt like I had to slow myself down or I might miss a stinging quip from Juan to Jenni (and those you don't want to miss. They made me LOL). There are some truly believable characters in this book; well rounded with histories that may not justify, but at least explain their thoughts or actions and I fell in love with many of them.
Would I recommend this book? Yes, without a doubt. In fact I will go a step further and say that while I borrowed the first in the series from my local library, I am not waiting for them to order the second (though I am 5th in line for a hold). I have ordered The First Days as well as Fighting to Survive (the second book) and have pre-ordered Siege (the clincher). I can tell from this first read that I will want to re-read the trilogy as a whole and that my husband and most of the guys on his platoon will be interested as well.
OK I guess I'll have to try and sleep now. Gonna go nail some boards up over the windows on the first floor first, but after that, yeah, sleep :/ by Jennifer Kennedyunder review