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

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

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 104.14 x 170.18 x 30.48mm | 204.12g
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0765366827
  • 9780765366825
  • 595,249

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"The First Days"""Best Zombie Book of the Year: "Explorations"Dead Letter Award for Best Novel: "Mail Order Zombie""'This world is fragile.' This truth lies at the core of Frater's intensely compelling first novel. This outstanding first effort, the first book in a trilogy, will appeal greatly to zombie fans, but the undead are merely the catalyst for a far more disquieting tale of societal collapse."
--"Publishers Weekly," starred review""The First Days" is a lean, mean read. You'll blow through this faster than a herd of undead at an all-cheerleader buffet. Buy this book now so you can say you liked Frater before she became the Next Big Deal In Horror, because that's where she's headed." --"Dread Central""This is a world where zombies existed in media before they became 'real' and there are a ton of little easter eggs throughout for zombie fans. Romero's films are references, as is "The Zombie Survival Guide."" --"BuyZombie""""Katie and Jenni are first drawn in short, sharp sketches and fleshed out as the story progresses. By the end of the book I was laughing at their jokes and feeling what they felt, excited to see what happened next. "The First Days" plays on deep-seated fears and pushes the limits constantly." --"Cafe Libri""From literally the first page, Frater pulled me in and never let go. "The First Days" had me thrilled, excited, sad, and happy. If you love strong characters, exciting plot and of course zombies then I'm sure you will love this." --"Book Chick City""From the first page, the reader is plunged into a terrifying but riveting nightmare. Frater does not shy away from depicting the story in all its gory detail, never forgetting a healthy dose of black humor to keep things from sinking into bleak despair." --"So I Read this Book""Everything felt so real and haunting. Beautiful. I really, really enjoyed this book. It reminds me of "The Walking Dead" in terms of the pace and the story progression. This is good stuff
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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." Originally self-published, this award-winning, critically acclaimed trilogy has been substantially revised for the Tor editions. Frater has written several other novels and been active in the Goth and horror communities in Texas, around the US, and online. Rhiannon Frater and her husband live in Austin, TX.
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8,654 ratings
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2 8% (710)
1 5% (475)
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