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Allison Hewitt Is Trapped (Zombie #1)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  2,908 ratings  ·  417 reviews
This brilliant debut novel from Madeleine Roux orginated online as the popular blog ALLISON HEWITT IS TRAPPED on http: //
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Headline Publishing Group (first published January 18th 2011)
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Julia Ah, I did love it! But it's not extremely scary, if that is what you mean.
It's more in the humor department. The second one felt a bit "rougher" as…more
Ah, I did love it! But it's not extremely scary, if that is what you mean.
It's more in the humor department. The second one felt a bit "rougher" as in more scary parts.(less)
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Carolyn (Book Chick City)
I gave this 9/10 on my blog: Book Chick City

'Allison Hewitt is Trapped' is just fantastic. I was absorbed after just a couple of chapters and didn't want to put the book down. Allison is a great character, she's spunky and real - a woman I would like to be if the world was overrun with the undead. She's scared of everything going on around her but she's brave, not afraid to fight and put her life on the line for others.

Allison is locked inside the break room because it's the strongest door in th
Jason Fischer
I first picked up this book due to the interesting concept, "Allison Hewitt is Trapped" being a stitch-up work designed from a blogged novel. I truly wanted to enjoy this book, and while the basic idea appealed to me, for several reasons the narrative is flawed and ultimately did not deliver the goods.

It's a brave experiment, attempting to invest chick-lit sensibilities into a post-apocalyptic piece, but one that just doesn't gell when you look at suspension of disbelief. The upbeat aspects of t
When the zombie apocalypse happens, Allison Hewitt is working her regular shift at a local bookstore. Allison and several co-workers hide inside the book store's office, complete with a security monitor and Allison's laptop. As zombies wander the store, Allison and the rest of the survivors must band together to survive and consider their next move as they wonder if help will ever arrive.

Told in the form of blog entries, "Allison Hewitt is Trapped" takes a page from "The Walking Dead" and concen
Cement and concrete are not the same thing, Madeleine. I know you have an MFA, but surely you can learn the distinction.

Well, it's petty obvious I've switched from reading to vivisecting the book as of last night somewhere around page 80 or so. For a zombie novel, there's a hell of a lot of Jane Austen Sense and Sensibility "Oh, I simply cannot marry Ted, for he only wants to marry me because of the zombies and does not truly love me." ACK. That and for some reason our "motivated take-charge" na
Well hell. I had high hopes for this one- the premise sounds excellent, and the unique twist of telling a story via blog posts gave further hope for an intelligent novel, but in the end I was greatly disappointed. Here are the problems:

The attempt at storytelling through blog posts would have been a nice touch, had the blog posts actually seemed like blog posts, but they don't, not even slightly. They have internal dialogue, and are written not as someone reflecting on the day's action, but as s
I became quickly enamored with Allison Hewitt is Trapped. It was such a humorous, nerve biting read that kept me engrossed from start to finish. I often caught myself wondering what I would do in similar situations, would I be brave enough to fight off a zombie with nothing but an axe and my own strength? How desperate would I have to be to even attempt to flee my safe hidey hole? And most importantly, how would I cope with being trapped with fellow human beings not of my choosing for indefinite ...more
I wanted to like this book but it was just painful. Alison does all sorts of ridiculous things, she isn't trapped except for the first 5% of the book, her idea of getting along with her fellow survivors is everyone just doing what she says and shutting up, and lastly she is extremely unlikeable. I don't mean imperfect or simply flawed. I mean I wanted to punch her in the face. I wanted her eaten. Just as an example, she has an affair with a married man twice her age (even he admits there is no r ...more
*This review is based on a copy of the book I won through Goodreads FirstReads Giveaways.*

Wow! Loved this book!

Having not ever heard of the "Allison Hewitt is Trapped" blog (apologies, Ms. Roux!), I had no idea what to expect, but the synopsis sounded interesting, so I entered to win the book.

I am ever so glad I did.

Allison's story unfolds as a series of blog posts, complete with commenters from others struggling to survive post-zombie apocalypse. I wasn't sure if I'd like the blog-style approac
TW Brown
This book started very strong. It was at a fast pace and it made you want to know what would happen next. Allison gives a female voice to a genre that is heavily skewed to the male action hero/everyman type. That was a refreshing change. I did knock one star off for the mid part of the book where Allison just got a bit too soupy over the older man...but the story was still VERY solid.

However, it was at around the midpoint when I believe she got a bit too "girly" for how her character had been re
J.A. Ironside
I keep saying that I don't like zombies and yet I keep coming back to zombie books. I may need to examine my opinion more closely. In any case this deserves a solid four stars for being a perfectly balanced and well paced survival story. I don't think you can call it a romp in any sense of the word because the stakes are just too high but I enjoyed this with the same excitement and feel-good factor as a family film. ( possibly that says more about me...) Allison kicks ass but is very low key abo ...more
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
This book was a little different than I expected. First of all I should have read it online for free (even without the last chapters). That's point number one.

This is YA Zombie Fiction. Expect a women trying to survive a zombie invasion while dealing not only with their normal problems (food, shelter and security) and at the same time trying to work out her heart problems.

1) Roux wrote a book quite different from other writers but at the same time there isn't anything new. Confusing? O
A woman fighting zombies with an axe in a bookstore? How could I not be curious after just looking at the cover? I saw this one getting decidedly mixed reviews, but honestly, I found it to have nearly everything I was looking for in a zombie apocalypse book. Granted, there are a few things that I think could have been done better, but generally speaking, I had a great time reading this.

The title aptly describes the framework and entry point of the book: Allison Hewitt, a literature major and boo
Asta Olafs
I bought "Allison Hewitt is Trapped" by Madeleine Roux while I was on vacation in Boston. I was checking out all the bookstores I could get to and this book was one of my spontaneous buys. I bought it because I liked the cover, I mean Zombies + books = must be awesome. Right?

Well, no. As I opened the book I got my first warning sign of this, as the title is decorated with comically draw skulls. Now, I have nothing against skulls. It's just that I was under the assumption that this was a horror n
So often scoffed at by the uninitiated, blogging has become a pivotal way in which we as a society spread our news and views. With the medium now so prominent, it makes sense that, if an apocalypse ever was to dawn, at least some survivors would turn to the blogosphere for some much-needed advice and guidance.

And in Madeleine Roux’s novel, Allison Hewitt is Trapped, that is exactly what the eponymous heroine decides to do. The book begins with Allison and a small group of survivors trapped in th
Erin (Paperback stash) *is juggle-reading*
3.5 stars

I loved how this zombie, apocalypse-style book began with a bang in a bookshop of all places. The survivors, an eccentric group mix, were trapped for survival in the back storage room. Soon it was inevitable for them to leave the sacred place, however, venturing up into apartments nearby and then out into the world. I won't spoil the trip of the voyage, but while it was sad to leave the bookstore (I'm such a book dork), their journey continues on interesting routes and explorations.

It has been a great pleasure to discover that women can in fact write not only good horror, but good zombie books as well. After the ridiculous and fairly lame As The World Dies trilogy and the cheesy Married With Zombies trilogy, I wasn't sure, but Madeleine Roux has proven this to be the case. This book is well written, nicely paced,fun, with good action and great characters and most importantly totally kickass heroine. Already got the second one from the library. Highly recommended.
Reading zombie books for my birthday month in November. :)

Was reading zombie books in November, but I've been dying to do my Harry Potter reread so I'm doing that in November instead of December. HP is more important than zombies... :P

I'll do my zombie marathon in December for sure. :) Zombies and Christmas go well together anyway.
Molly Alshamar
02-4-2014 - A Review.
I will start by saying that the writing style is beautiful. The description of places and the expression of feelings are all beautifully written and enjoyable to read.
The main character - Allison Hewitt is trying to survive a zombie apocalypse and writing her diaries through a blog and so the book is written in this format: a blog post and comments from other people which is also awesome.
I had a huge problem with the plot. I think that a beautiful writing without an
I'm very divided about this book. On the one hand, I enjoyed it - it was a very "read that it and don't stop until you are done" kind of book - it's been a while for me since I read one of the books. On the other hand, there is just so, so much you have to just accept in the book - most of all, the fact that not only can Allison find internet (fairly easily), but that there's a great big military wi-fi signal that doesn't require a log-in or a password (yeah, right) AND the fact that she can hol ...more
When the zombie apocalypse first begins, Allison Hewitt is at work. Trapped with a couple of coworkers and shoppers in a bookstore, she starts a blog. Many years later, when the heroes of the outbreak and it's aftermath are being studied, Allison and her blog are looked at for their possible inclusion in the history books. Allison Hewitt is Trapped is the the blog and comments in their entirety.

The thing I loved most about Allison Hewitt is trapped is the tiny, but realistic details. What do you
Colleen Criswell
Thank you Goodreads fro recommending this book to me!!!!! I was browsing through the "recommended from your reading" books and this one happened to pop up. Honestly I almost bypassed it but I have to admit the cover art made me chuckle.... and they say you can't judge a book by its cover!

This was a very very creative spin on the zombie genre. Heck I feel it is one of the better books I have read in a while. It is written as a blog. And it includes blog responses from other survivors out there, s
I need to say upfront that I’m not a fan of zombies. Tried World War Z and just couldn’t get through it. So it was a delight to read this book and thoroughly enjoy it. Allison is trapped in a bookstore with her fellow employees and a couple customers when zombies attack (The Outbreak). She quickly becomes the leader of the group, guiding the survivors into making the best possible decisions about living arrangements including procuring food from outside the safety of the room they are barricaded ...more
Trevor Johnson
What can I say -- this book is incredible! I've never laughed so much while reading a zombie apocalypse survival story -- reading this book is exciting, fun, and a little nerve-wracking! Roux's characters draw you in, and there is a great balance between fighting action and all those in-between and quiet moments that most adventure stories leave out. When this book started as a blog, you had to wait days (sometimes more!) for each post to come, and since you didn't know when the next one would b ...more
Yla Delarosa
Introduction: I remember someone said, "a movie about zombies can never fail". I agree with him anyway :p I used to love watching zombie apocalypse happen xD Its always funny... no matter how scary they make it look like :p And I guess there is always something romantic in falling in love with someone while the rest of the world become cannibals. Lol.

So... then I wonder (when I saw this book), will a book about zombie wins my heart as well? But guess what, I loved it so much I stayed up late for
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Keith Chawgo
I have just finished Allison Hewitt Is Trapped by Madeleine Roux. Unfortuantely, for me it is written in the first person which always creates a problem for me in a novel of this ilk in that when a chapter ends in a cliff-hanger - you know the main character has recovered as she is telling the story and the next chapter is 20 pages and starts with the word I.

Putting that aside, this novel does complete the check list for zombie horror which include - normal people stuck somewhere with one taking
Chris Bauer
I have to admit to being a fan of "zombie fiction." Its become yet another vice of mine, but one I enjoy greatly. I'm on my way to becoming an expert on the shambling undead. (Un)fortunately there are plenty of reads to hit on the topic. While the trend may be (pardon the pun) slowly dying, there are some great books in the genre. "Allison Hewitt Is Trapped" is one of them.

While there isn't anything revolutionary about the book (similar tropes and memes throughout) it is written with a very deft
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
On the scale between the excellent (The First Days) and the atrocious (Married With Zombies) zombie novels this sits somewhere in the middle.

Allison is working in a bookstore when zombies attack sending her and the rest of the staff behind the reinforced door to the backrooms. There they wait for rescue and struggle to subsist on what they have. Allison discovers a wireless internet network and searches for information and other survivors which escalates into blogging her experiences while other
I had been wanted to read this book for some time. I loved zombie books and this one had a great premise. It was an entertaining book that ended up being more about dealing with other people than smashing up zombies...although there is a lot of zombie smashing as well.

I listened to this on audiobook and it was very well done. They have different voice actors for the different voices and blog comments. I highly recommend listening to this if you like audiobooks.

Alison is at work at a bookstore wh
Elas Büchertruhe
Eigentlich habe ich es weniger mit Zombie-Geschichten aber, als ich bei diesem Buch den Klappentext las, war ich mir sicher, ich muss es lesen!
Bloggen, wenn die Welt von Zombies überfallen wird? Warum eigentlich nicht?!

An sich hatte ich auch überhaupt keine Erwartungen an diese Handlung außer vielleicht eine Art „Tagebuchstil“ und muss sagen, ich bin total begeistert.
„Sie kommen!“, beschreibt eine Zombie-Invasion, die ohne jegliche Vorwarnung über die Welt hereinbricht. Protagonistin ist hier Al
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Author of Allison Hewitt Is Trapped, Sadie Walker Is Stranded and the upcoming ASYLUM.

MADELEINE ROUX received her BA in Creative Writing and Acting from Beloit College in 2008. In the spring of 2009, Madeleine completed an Honors Term at Beloit College, proposing, writing and presenting a full-length historical fiction novel. Shortly after, she began the experimental fiction blog Allison Hewitt Is
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