The First Days (As the World Dies #1)
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.”
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An incredibly frightening zombie story- The First Days, as the title conveys, starts at the very beginning of a zombie apocalypse. People are getting...more
THIS was round 1.
Onward to round 2. *Edit* All spoiler tags are safe to click on. The tags are only here for the purpose of the game.
Although, really, this could have been "dude" round 2. More than a few instances had me thinking the word again. How could you not, when there's blood and guts flying everywhere?
And here we go...
An abused housewife is forced to leave her house in a hurry when her jackhole husband and two children (one of whom was a to...more
“Tiny fingers. So small. So very, very small. The fingers pressed under the front door of her home were so very small. She couldn’t stop staring at those baby fingers straining frantically to reach her as she stood shivering on t...more
I found the characters insanely flat, and their dialogue was entirely contrived and it just sounded fake. No one would say these things in real life, zombie apocalypse or no. Real pe...more
In less than a day, the world dies, when it gets taken over by zombies. Yes, zombies. The idea alone made me laugh as well. Until I read this book. My smile faded pretty quickly.
This is the story of two different women, who come from different worlds, who somehow manage to from a bond that runs deeper than blood. Together, they are stronger, smarter, and better. I feel about as fiercely protective of Katie and Jenni as they do of each other, despi...more
I'll give Frater credit where credit is due: this story starts off like a really awesome slap in the face. We're introduced to Jenni, who is staring at the tiny baby fingers of her toddler son reaching under a crack in her door. Why? Because her abusive and zombified husband is having him for a snack. Her other son has been bitten by her husband, too, and is trying to claw out of...more
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 awak...more
"So small. So very, very small.
The tiny fingers clawed desperately under the edge of the door.
Straining fingers. Straining to reach her.
"Benjamin, please stop," she whispered."
This was disgustingly good! Two women, Jenni and Katie, find each other among the chaos of the walking dead, both have lost everything dear to them. This is the story their survival, finding others who live, and creating a new life in the face of death! Great read anytime, but with Halloween...more
At the heart of it, aren't most zombie books/movies the same? The crisis starts and the challenge becomes dodging flesh eaters while reuniting and rediscovering humanity. One of the things I love about the apocalypse is that everyone is prey. Division of sexes, ages, races, sexualities all become so arbitrary when it's human versus undead. What do people do then? Further divide or overcome difference?
This book? Cherry Twizzlers all the way, baby. You know, you eat one and it's cherry goodness, s...more
No one… except for Rhiannon Frater. Her vision of a Zombie Apocalypse was far more gruesome, gory, slightly funny and violently delightful.
Katie is an ex-prosecutor (in pre-zombie days) who was married to the love of her life, Lydia. When Katie drove back home to get Lydia, well… Lydia was in the front yard chewing on the mailman. So, Lydia didn’t make it past the first day so Katie flees and seeks shelter somewhere and ends up runni...more
"The First Days" is an action-packed, character-driven novel and was immensely enjoyable and fun to read. I had difficulty pu...more
I bought the first days after reading many glowing reviews on GoodReads, I went into it with pretty high expectations. I wouldn't say I was let down per se, but my expectations definitely were not met with this one. The First Days by Rhiannon Frater is about two women essentially banding together to face an unexpected zombie apocolypse. It chronicles their journey to save Jenni's stepson and get to a safe haven in a small Texas town. The book star...more
After finishing The First Days the first book in the As the World Dies trilogy. I came to one conclusion about all Zombie books. The main characters have only two choices in this world:
Plan A. Let what happened crush you, or in Jenni and Katie's case let the lose of those you love bring you to inaction. Then ultimately you will join the reanimated dead.
Plan B. You could put your big girl panties on and fight with everything you have.
They had to keep calm. They had to keep strong. They had to su...more
The action is thin and predictable, but I kept reading through it expecting the cha...more
The story begins with Jenni, ...a strange, strange girl in a strange, strange world", muttering to herself while watching "those tiny fingers ... pressed under the door ... tips of tiny fingers raw and skinless". We quickly come to realize that those tiny fingers belong to her now undead son. Somehow she manages to flee t...more
This book reminds me of so many movies. It’s Thelma & Louise meets Mr & Mrs Smith meets Pulp Fiction meets The Killer meets The Day of the Triffids.
It’s something of a Bullet Ballet with two very cool heroines killing zombies in just about every way imaginable. Everything from bull bars to shovels and of course bullets. There is so much carnage in this book that it becomes cartoonish which is pretty much par for the course with zombies.
It’s over the top, up in your face, and pretty dam...more
Unfortunately, the quality of the prose was severely lacking. Frater often repeats herself and falls into the age-old trap of telling, not showing when it comes to emotion and character de...more
This book is so intense that I ended up with a cramp in my hand because I was holding on to the book so tightly. GOODNESS!
Action packed and fast paced. Readers should be warned that it is fairly graphic in it's descriptions. I found the first chapter to be the most difficult to get through so if you can make it through it then you have no worries about being able to handle the rest.
Loved the characters and I'm really worried that some of my fav...more
Yesterday I read about 3 chapters, and then today it was like a freight train. I couldn't stop reading if my life depended on it.
Where the heck do I even start...?
The book starts off with the most heart wrenching scene I've ever read before, or it's up there at least. This is a mild spoiler, I suppose, but I'm not hiding it because it is actually the very first scene you will read. The book starts off with a woman standing in shock on h...more
I’m so torn as to how to review this book because it had several things going for it that I flat out loved, but…it also had one thing that made me want to chuck it across the room several times while reading.
THE FIRST DAYS is basically Thelma and Louise meets The Walking Dead. Jenni is a young battered wife who is about to be eaten by her husband, son, and baby when Katie, a stranger, pulls up in a truck and rescues her. The women quickly bond over thei...more
DAVE'S FINAL JUDGMENT -
- Some of the more shocking and brutal moments will please hard-core horror fans
- Author doesn't play it safe and takes many risks while telling her story
- The action almost never slows down
- The events remains interesting, even when the story really doesn't work, which brings us to...
- Frequent convenient plot devices may strain the reader's eyes by causing them to ro...more
The First Days...more
In Book 1 of a trilogy, Frater offers up a textbook genre zombie story, borrowing a lot from Romero canon (who she gives ample homage to) and a little from Danny Boyle (damn those quick-moving zombies!!) So while there are really no...more
I really liked the strength and resolve of these women in dealing with the inevitability of their situation. I also appreciated the fact that they were not only capable shooters, but they were also able to kill w...more
During her travels for her job, she was inspired to write the story of two women fleeing into the Texas Hill Country in an attempt to survive the zombie apocalypse. Originally published as a se...more