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Survivors (Morningstar Strain #3)

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,875 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
The long-awaited finale of Z.A. Recht’s “action-packed zombie extravaganza” (Ryan C. Thomas) that began with the acclaimed novels Plague of the Dead and Thunder and Ashes. . . .


In the wake of the zombie apocalypse, two separate bands of survivors journey across a decimated America, each with the desperate goal of find
ebook, 320 pages
Published June 19th 2012 by Gallery Books
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Mary K
Aug 06, 2013 Mary K rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mary K by: Neil Sinclair
The author of the first two in this tremendous series, Z.A. Recht, unfortunately passed away before this was released - but not without a good chunk already penned. You can definitely tell when it's him writing and when it was haphazardly filled in by Thom Brannan. Sadly, Thom's writing falls short and just about ruins the final book. The most telling is he tends to make relationships and conversations seem very artificial, killing off characters without a thought - while simultaneously making t ...more
I really enjoyed the series, at least up until this book. While the book was not bad, it was definitely lacking. I suppose that is because this book was not finished be the original author, as he had passed away.
So, as for the book itself, we have many of the survivors (I will not give names so as not to spoil earlier books) in the Omaha Fac, trying to establish a more normal lifestyle and looking for a cure. We have the sailors from the Rammage desperately trying to follow the trek across the
Oct 29, 2013 Tegan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I want to throw the book againts the wall.....what the hell? And whats with the two that turned without being bitten or exposed???? Oh....and the end? It was like the author went...."Screw it....kill this person, that person and these guys....and end the book." No more story about Keaton....just BOOM he's here fact from chapter 11 to the end the author should be ashamed of himself. So disjointed...had to go back and re-read parts several times to try to figure out what was going on. It ...more
Jul 16, 2013 Alexandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A few spoilers here and there, but you'll still have to read the books to actually get the story. I wrote about the entire saga as I felt it was easier to review them all in one.

First of all, I have a ton of respect for author Zachary Recht whom I consider a versatile person. I enjoyed all three of his books, even though the last one was finished by Thom Brannan due to the death of Recht in 2009.

The Morningstar Saga follows the zombie apocalypse from a military point of view. The first book, P
Dawn Peers
Mar 21, 2013 Dawn Peers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"An ending that did not disappoint"

Although it couldn't be finished by Recht himself, as the author sadly passed away before the third novel was finished. I'm also hoping that someone gets in touch with Amazon to re-word the now quite tasteless product description. But hey-ho, back to the novel...

The ghost writer that assisted with finishing the novel Survivors and the final installment of the Morningstar Strain did not disappoint.

I do not like to litter my reviews with spoilers, so you will jus
Holden Attradies
I really am torn on this. The writing was just so far bellow the previous two, and I'm not sure if I feel that way simply because Thom Brannan's style was different or if it really was bad. Really not knowing how much of the book he is specifically responsible for I don't know what and how much to blame him for. Regardless, I just didn't enjoy it very much and had a VERY hard time finishing it. I listened to it on audio book and found my self listening to ten or twenty minutes and just stopping ...more
Nov 09, 2012 Justin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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This is the third novel in Recht's Morningstar series. It is unfortunate that the author passed away after the second in this series and fortunate that the third was able to be published. I had to self-refresh a bit while reading because it has been some time since I finished the first two novels in the series. I get this at times. I suppose not all authors realize that readers do not necessarily retain all details of their previous works and that a little background detail is nice. It also help ...more
Paul G
Jul 10, 2012 Paul G rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After having had to wait seemingly FOREVER for the final book of this trilogy to be released, I wish the wait had been longer.

The story itself was good but NOT in the same vein as Z's previous works.

The trilogy was wrapped up well. But the ending felt forced and rushed....."kill 60% of the characters that we've been with through the previous books with no fanfair at ALL....and just send the rest on their way..."

I'm not sure how much of the story was fleshed out from Z.A.'s notes, but with the di
Heather Clitheroe
Jul 15, 2012 Heather Clitheroe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Quite enjoyed it - I wasn't expecting that the trilogy would be finished when the news came out that Z. A. Recht had died, so it was something of a shock and a surprise to find that it had, indeed, been finished. Whoever ghosted this book...thank you. From the fans, thank you.

Sep 25, 2013 Snorri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
R.I.P to one of the greatest authors of the genre...

You are sorely missed :/
Feb 14, 2015 Lance rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombies
It tied up the series well. More zombie goodness and the end of a saga.
Dec 04, 2012 Joanna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series-over
Sad to say that I was disappointing by this book and I sort of went into reading it with the expectation I would be knowing that someone had to complete Z.A. Recht's work. It has been a while between reading the second and the third book and had I known the author had passed before picking them up to read I may not have chosen to.

I loved the first two books in the series. I couldn't put them down. Generally I don't like zombie books, but somehow Recht managed to rope me in and keep me nose deep
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Jun 24, 2012 Erik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
And with Survivors ends the Morningstar Strain Trilogy. This series has so far been one of the better zombie series I have read. While some people might not be happy with the ending, I am happy as we are at least given closure. To think that a couple of years ago with the Z.A. Recht death we would be left with so many questions unanswered, in the end we the anticipating fans got our wish.

I feel old fans of the series will be quite happy with the book, the epilogue gives a bit to be desired, and
Mar 04, 2013 Roxy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The best I can say is that it was good to finish the trilogy. I realize that ZA Recht died prior to finishing the book... but unfortunately the ghost author did not do him justice in finishing the writing. This book's recap of what had happened before was too detailed. It was actually insulting to the intelligence. In more than one instance the recap was of things that had been explained only a chapter earlier. Also, towards the end, it seemed like events were out of order. The end came too quic ...more
Aimee Clark
I'm glad that a ghost writer was found, but I am just not feeling this wrap up. So many unanswered questions, so many out of character actions. I'm glad that I read it, and I'm glad to have closure. I just wish that Z. A. Recht had been here to finish the story as it should have ended.
Wilson Tomba
Ok, so this is hardly high literature, but I expected a more professional editing job. The ghost writer did ok, but is not as good as Recht.
Overall it's an ok read and provides closure for those of us who had been left wondering how things would have turned out.
Brian Clopper
It lost me when one of the characters went back out and faced off against the zombies so he could fetch his hat. The climax had too many chess pieces on the board for the reader to keep track of and it suffered for it. Bit of a whimper all things considered.
Jul 13, 2014 Lorenza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un degno capitolo finale per la migliore saga zombie che mi sia finora capitato di leggere.
Il viaggio verso l’epilogo è stato anche e soprattutto una fatica emotiva: sempre a sperare che i miei “compagni” di fine del mondo riuscissero a farcela una volta di più; sempre a trattenere il fiato e ad inciampare con gli occhi sulle parole per la fretta di andare avanti… e spesso con il cuore più pesante per aver all’improvviso dovuto dire addio a qualcuno che sapevo non sarebbe ricomparso più! La sens
Kurt Lieber
This book was very poor compared to the other two. This is most likely due to the author passing away before it was finished and someone else completing his work. Poorly.

You can definitely tell many of the sections where the new author took over. They're written in a more clinical manner, with less emphasis placed on the characters and more emphasis placed on the actions.

My biggest beef with this book is the crappy ending. It's rushed and very poorly written. The author uses what I call "magic p
Jun 22, 2015 Alondra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4 Stars

Good ending to the series; but nothing happy-go-lucky. I mean, this is the zombie apocalypse, people.

Thomas Edmund
I read this book not realising that it had been published posthumously. Now that I know I feel uncertain whether I would have preferred the series to be left a duology or be ended with with book.

Survivors is a good zombie book, and a fitting conclusion to the series, my only beef is that it doesn't live up to the previous two books. The characters develop little throughout, and are a bit trite and 2-d. The bad-guys are unequivocally nasty and rife with infighting, the good-guys are full of humor
Jul 28, 2013 Kat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The final book in the Morningstar Strain series has a sad story behind it. Author Z.A. Recht tragically passed away in December 2009 at the age of 26, eighteen months after the publication of book #2, and before Survivors was finished. More than two and a half years later, Survivors was finally published after being completed by Thom Brennan, although how much was written by Recht and how much by Brennan is something only Permuted Press and Thom Brennan himself know. It took me nearly another ye ...more

The first thing I want to say is I really , really liked the first two books of this series. Z. A. Recht did a phenomenal job writing them and they sit right up at the top of my "best zombie books ever" list along with the "Newsflesh" trilogy by Mira Grant.

Unfortunately, I can not place "Survivors" up there with them.

Sadly, Z. A. Recht passed away before being able to finish this series. And while I am glad that someone was able to step in to do the job (thank you Thom Brannan), there are defin
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Nov 13, 2015 Randy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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This ho-hum third and final book in the Morningstar Strain series spent too much time retelling things that had happened in the previous two books and lost its focus. To stretch the saga out, the author manufactured a ridiculous conflict (cure vs. vaccine – talk about splitting hairs!) and then used that conflict as an excuse to stage several military-style battles that scream “someone in Hollywood please option this book” without making a lot of sense in terms of the plot. Even the narrator (I ...more
Oct 27, 2014 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure how much of a fan I was of the ending. It left it kind of open for a next book, though there won't be one. I also didn't like how they just conveniently killed off huge numbers of characters towards the end. I guess that's a zombie book for you.
Apr 23, 2015 Tom rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure I'm going to even finish this book. I'm also thinking about taken back the stars I gave the first two books in this trilogy. This book is that disappointing.

it's like every cheesy plot contrivance is in this book. the whole sawyer (and now lutz) plot is S-T-U-P-I-D! and while i like the character stiles all I can say is, Really?

It's a real shame. the books are good, but lacking. The story just needs...something...I don't know...polish?...less of the always having a round peg for a
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