The First Days (as the World Dies, Book One)

The First Days (as the World Dies, Book One) : As the World Dies

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 150 x 226 x 23mm | 454g
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0765331268
  • 9780765331267
  • 115,050

Review quote

"One of the few zombie novels fueled by the power of feminine protagonists in an apocalyptic world gone wrong." --Harrisburg Book Examiner

"There's a lot of great zombie fiction out there, but Rhiannon Frater sets the gold standard." --Joe McKinney, author of Dead City

"A brilliant example of modern day horror, realistic characters, and biting terror." --Scott A. Johnson, author of City of Demons

"Well-written slices of horror with just the right amount of chaos tossed in and blended to perfection." --Timothy W. Long, author of The Zombie-Wilson Diaries

"Frater is a terrifyingly talented new voice. Her characters spring off the pages and come to life with a depth most authors long to achieve." --Eric S Brown, author of War of the Worlds
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About Rhiannon Frater

RHIANNON FRATER is the author of The First Days: As the World Dies and two sequels, Fighting to Survive and Siege. She and her husband live in Austin, Texas.
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Rating details

9,565 ratings
3.77 out of 5 stars
5 33% (3,144)
4 31% (2,971)
3 22% (2,109)
2 8% (807)
1 6% (534)

Our customer reviews

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 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 :/show more
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