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.”
The morning th
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
"The First Days" is an action-packed, character-driven novel and was immensely enjoyable and fun to read. I had difficulty pu...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
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
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
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
I have to admit that I've never really thought about it.
It's not like a tornado where I'd go hide in my basement.
That would be dangerous because it would be full of zombies.
Nor would it be like when there is a fire because the neighbors would be zombies and more than likely the Fire Department would be too.
My first instinct will be to put my cats into their carrier thus slowing me down because I now have to lug thirty extra meowing pounds. This also...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
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
Still brave enough to read this book? Well there was only one good thing about it - its fast moving book, good for some No-Brain, low grade entertainment.
Then why is it so bad? In a few words this is what this book is - silly with no character development, poor language and very poor "emotional scenes". Here is my in-depth analysis-
1. The characters seem so hollow that I couldnt even visualize a single one of them. I am used to getting to kn...more
Overall Rating 5.00
Story Rating 5.00
Character Rating 5.00
NOTE: I picked this up because of Ashley, The Bookish Brunette. She was right this book sticks with you and that is a good thing!
What I Loved: Realism! I wish there was a way to accurately describe just how realistic The First Days truly was. From the moment the story begins until the Epilogue, everything read like a true account of what it was to run into the Zombie Apocalypse. It brought up a million questions: What woul...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
*Genre* Zombies/Horror/Science Fiction
The First Days premise is easy to understand and follow as Rhiannon Fraters characters find themselves running and fighting for their lives, while trying to live in a world where everything they ever knew has suddenly changed for the worse.
The First Days is often vivid in its descriptions of the killings the main characters partake in order to remain alive for another day. It’s a story about facing the reality of a zombie-apocalypse whil...more
This book was great! I love Jenni's craziness, and Katie's strength. They make a great duo of bad ass zombie killing chicks.
I love that this book didnt sugar coat the reality of what a zombie apocalypse would really be like. It was real, and damn if it didnt hit straight to your heart. I easily identified with the characters. I totally understood Jenni's desire to kill the zombies....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
The beginning, where they're on the run, is more exciting than the later parts that are all about community-building and defending the fort....more
By Rhiannon Frater
Published In: New York City, NY, USA
The first day of the outbreak. Terror, disinformation, run for your lives. A zombie attacks your car. You fight it off. You find a woman racing into the street with a zombie chasing her. You and your new best friend set off to try and find safety. The apocalypse is upon you. Where are you going? What is life? What is love? Why?
fiction, horror, life quest, zombies, apocalypse
The thing that I like the best about this book is the fact that nothing is sugar coated. Things are going to happen and you are not going to like them. Every other book I have ever read never once took into account that adults are not the only zombies out there, because there are ch...more
I also appreciated that the people in this world already know about zombies from pop culture (mentions of Romero and Z...more
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