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Taking on the Dead (The Famished Trilogy #1)

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  1,257 ratings  ·  183 reviews
Life for Kansas was perfect until the day the world changed.

She has been hiding out for four years in solitude. It's the only way to survive. The only way not to draw the living dead. Helping a small group of people, she learns the new world might not be what she assumes. Venturing out of her refuge and comfort zone, she meets Rudy, who helps her find a greater purpose. Sh...more
Paperback, 322 pages
Published September 20th 2012 by CreateSpace
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okay, this is another book that has such uniformly high ratings that i don't feel bad for being a little critical, even though i do have a soft spot for the self-published authors, and i do always try to cut them a little more slack than i ordinarily would.

right off the bat - this book is not bad. but it does have its problems, and i am going to discuss those problems, hopefully in a humorous way. but since i have suddenly made the stgrb posse aware of me by writing them an email about how joe's...more
The plot is solid. It's amazing. It twists and turns. It kept my pants on fire for the two days it took me to read it. :( Why so long? Well because I had to pick it apart as I was reading it. Also I had to work at my part time job. Boo. Mama needs the cash though. Ok enough rubbing it in that I got to read it already and you didn't. NA NA. LOL.
This book was unique. Trust me Annie it was! I still haven't figured out what the hell is going on. I like it though. I like it a lot.
When I read the pr...more
Laura Thomas
So here you are at the carnival, walking hand in hand with your boyfriend, anticipating a night of rides and games, taking in all of the sights, sounds and smells. Suddenly, zombies are everywhere, and you are in for the fight of your life.

That’s what happened to Kansas. She survived that night, but paid a heavy price.

Fast forward to four years later. Kansas City Sunshine Moore, also known as Kansas or Kan for short, has been surviving, hiding out in her family’s underground bunk all alone. A b...more
Mandy (I read Indie) Anderson
*Keep in mind this is an adult read...not YA.

Four years ago the world changed and zombies were eating everyone in sight. Four years ago was the end of Kansas' old life and the beginning of her new life. Her new life that consists of living in a bunker built under her house all alone. And alone was working out pretty good for her until 4 survivors pass through seeking shelter for the night. Unfortunately that is not all they wanted.

Now Kansas must up and leave her underground sanctuary to find a...more
Taking On The Dead is a zombie novel that will never cease to surprise you!! And gross you out, like all good zombie books should. However this one takes it to a whole new level of gross. Living in a new world where the zombies aren't the only bad guys you have to watch out for...

Kansas has been surviving on her own for the last four years ever since the outbreak happened. It hasn't been exactly easy. Especially having to live with the guilt that she had to kill everyone she loved when the plagu...more
10/05/12 I am so excited for this book! I love everything about it, the cover, the synopsis, the title and theme! Aaaaaah need to read this one as soon as it comes out!

Update: 21/09/12 Taking on the dead is creepy, terrifyingly shocking and absolutely great. LOVED IT!
Sometime on Tuesday or Wednesday of last week, I finally finished this book. Since then, I have been trying to figure out how best to approach and write this review. The first time I saw this novel was on an ad for a book tour. Being a zombie apocalypse book, I was very quick to jump at the opportunity to read it. Unfortunately, despite my love, I really did not enjoy the book. The reason is because this book completely failed. And it failed spectacularly!

At first, I had high hopes for this book...more
Larey Batz
Ballsy, imaginative and twisted. Loved it.

I was absolutely blown away by the imagination of Annie Walls. From the characters, to the description, to the setting, she created a world that I will never forget. The main character Kan is an average woman dropped into the middle of a 'Zombacalypse'. As she endures her ordeal and uses her wits to survive, she soaks up knowledge and information like a sponge and uses it to her advantage. The action jumps off from the first page and never lets up. There...more
Lori {Romancing the Dark Side}
Oct 11, 2012 Lori {Romancing the Dark Side} rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of a strong heroine and the walking dead!
A zombie masterpiece!

After a zombie outbreak changed her life forever, Kansas City Sunshine Moore (what a cool name, right?) has spent four years in solitude and avoiding the living dead in her family home. Her survival depends on keeping a low profile but when she encounters a group being ambushed by zombies, her compassionate nature takes over and she takes them into her safe haven, only to have them turn on her and forced to leave her sanctuary. Soon after leaving her home, Kansas is forced...more
Beth  (Curling Up With A Good Book)
Taking On The Dead is going to the top of my favorite Zombie books! I absolutely loved it! Annie Walls creates an incredible intense story that makes you feel as though you are experiencing every moment with them!! I had received Taking On The Dead as an E-Arc but just completely fell in love with the cover so I knew I had to have it for my bookshelf! I mean a woman, with dreads, and wielding an machete?? Um HECK YEAH!!!!!!!!!! So I waited until the paperback came in to begin this awesome journe...more
I'm not one for giving out spoilers so you will not find that here and bound by blood I would not reveal such yet anyways. So having said that I WILL say this book raaaawked it in the world of zombinesss! If you like the slight twisted, keeps you guessing, w/ lots of zombie action/description then this is the one for you! I fell in love w/ some of these characters and cannot WAIT to see where this trilogy takes them!
First, as a big fan of zombie apocalypse novels, I should alert prospective readers ~ the second half of the book veers away from the gory zombie killin' and survival bits and moves toward romance. To make matters worse, not only is there a love triangle, but it soon becomes a, what? A square? This would have probably turned me off the book had I known about it before starting. If that is not your cuppa, you'll probably want to pick a different book. Second, there are rape triggers throughout th...more
Heather Felder
My full review here.

Kansas was perfectly happy with life, until that one day that changed her world. Being thrust into the midst of the zombie outbreak, Kansas has to get tough quickly. Thank goodness for her that her dad was.....well, let's say prepared. Kansas successfully survives for 4 years by herself and she is quite happy to keep it that way, until a small group of strangers needs her help.

After Kansas helps the group, she faces one terrifying situation after another. The synopsis of thi...more
When I saw the cover of Taking on the Dead, I was immediately drawn to it. The chick is walking down a rural road carrying a huge knife and I immediately had to read the synopsis. Its book one of the Famished Trilogy and I got goosebumps! Throw in the living dead, a quest for answers and a mysterious guy and I was totally sold. I am delighted to inform you that Taking on the Dead delivered an action packed post-apocalyptic tale that has left me anxious for book two. Walls paints a beautiful pict...more
Also posted on my blog: i'mbookedindefinitely

I have substantially pondered the rating I would give to this book with finality. First because this is an independently published book, a fact that should always be afforded respect if not praise for it is no mystery both to writers and even to non-writers like me how hard it is to establish names in the market, more so to move beyond great names in the myriad of genres like Tolkien, Lewis or Le Guin in Fantasy, or of Asimov, Clarke or Heinlein in Sc...more
Peggy Martinez
Just finished this book today and I can safely say Annie Walls has earned herself a coveted spot on my TOP INDIE AUTHORS TO READ list! The story flowed beautifully, the characters were real and relatable, the zombies were disgusting, and the action was edge-of-your-seat riveting! The love interests were not over done and didn't overtake the story line, which I found refreshing. Taking on the Dead is definitely one of my top reads of 2013. I'm going to be one of the first in line to snag a copy o...more
It's been awhile since I've read a book that I enjoyed so much. from the first chapter I was shocked. from the moment that two people in love having a great time at a fair and then zombies start attacking people. brilliant.

Kan the main chick is like able and I was at times on the edge of my sit, waiting to see what happens next.
I cannot wait to get my Hands on the second book.
I am going to start off with saying I am not a zombie book reader, well I wasn't. I am a fan of the Walking Dead, TV Show I cringe after every show knowing I have to wait another week to get my fix. What to do ? Well, smart me asked some friends if they knew of any Walking Dead type reads they'd recommend. This was the book I got, by an Indie author I've not heard of before. Cool beans, I love to read 'new' authors. Honestly I didn't have much faith that it would be very interesting to me. I'm a...more
Ali *The Black Heart*
You know when you find a book that you just can't put down - a book that causes you to ignore all other things in life; kids, laundry, eating, etc. and you don't do anything but read? Taking on The Dead was one of those books for me. And even weeks after reading it, I catch myself daydreaming about what might happen next. I'm obsessing...truly.

Annie Walls throws the reader head first into the downfall of Kansas' great life. The zombie infestation takes away her mother, her smart but paranoid fat...more
Carmen Jenner
Review first published at Book Me!

Taking On The Dead begins the way you might expect any post apocalyptic zombie novel, with the beginning of an outbreak. So what's the difference then between Taking On The Dead and other zombie novels flooding the market?
Annie Walls!
Annie manages to make it all too frighteningly believable!
Kansas City Sunshine (yes, you did read that right, but I'll get to the names in a minute) and Malachi roam their local carnival, they're young, they're in love and everythin...more
Jemma Gutierrez
I have always LOVE zombies. I often imagine myself during a zombie apocalypes, that is what brought me to this book.

At first i was a bit sceptical about books on zombies. I mean, i always thought zombies belong on tv screen not on books. It was hard to convey the horror and make your readers have that same thrill when they are watching zombie movies.

THis book, however, was great! Our heroine is a great character. She is smart and sassy but not in a bitchy way. She's kind, smart, and gives every...more
Jennifer R  Ricketts
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, also posted on my blog, Donnie Darko Girl.

Holy shit balls!! This is so much more than a zombie book. I was completely excited and happy to read this book 'cause I. Love. Zombies. I love dystopian, post apocalyptic stories - I can't get enough. If this had simply been a book about the world ending as we know it due to an outbreak turning millions of people into the undead, I would have been thrilled. But this story w...more
Crystal Spears
5 Star Read!

I am going to be honest I find it very hard to get into a zombie apocalypse novel. There have been very few items I have been able to read and just dive into and actually stay focused on that read in this genre.


Taking on the Dead is by far one of the best novels I have read. Annie did an excellent job creating her apocalyptic world. Every detail is done with care.

The flashbacks/Nightmare scenes are freaking amazing!!!!

Her main character Kan is alone for years. She is use...more
Jorgen Schäfer
In the zombie romance novel Taking on the Dead by Annie Walls, an outbreak has turned most of humanity into zombies. When it happened, Kan had been with her boyfriend on a fair, and she had to kill him when he turned into a zombie. Since then, she’s been living alone, fending for herself. But one day, a group of other humans stumble on her hideout, and she realizes that life went on.

I bet you blinked at the zombie romance above. This is not some kind of necrophilia, though. The book revolves aro...more
Cedric Nye
Awesome book and great story. Annie Walls gave us a heroine who we can identify with, and who keeps on forging ahead even though adversity keeps falling on her head at every turn.

Kansas can't get a frigging break! Seriously, I just want anyone who is going to read this to know that Kansas won't listen to you!

It is true. I told her not to go into the house, but she did it any way. I told her not to trust anyone, and what does that machete-wielding little contrarian do? Yup, you guessed right, she...more
I don't like zombies.
I don't watch zombie shows or movies, and I don't read zombie books. They scare me, because out of all the glittery vampires and buff, handsome werewolves, zombies are the only ones I think could possibly-actually-maybe-one-day happen.
However, I was told that even if I didn't like zombies, I could still read this book. I was skeptical, and I put it off for a while, yet here I sit with a 5 star rating on a zombie book.
Here's the thing -- this book does have some grossness. I...more
Hunter S. Jones
Annie Walls does what every writer wishes to do with their first novel...she creates a world and takes us there! You will find yourself somewhere in the farmlands of Tennessee fighting off zombies. Kan Moore, the protagonist, is raw and edgy, and there is something sexy about a girl that can wield a machete. Even if you know nothing about the zombie apocalypse, you will enjoy this book.
Suzy (ereaderuser)
This book had everything I look for in a good zombie thriller. Interesting characters, lots of action, and a good plot. It even had something that I haven't seen in a zombie novel I've read before. I won't say what that something is, so as not to give anything away to those that haven't read it yet.

I'll be reading the next in the series as soon as it becomes available.
I really enjoyed this book. I liked that there wasn't a long build up of the post apocalyptic world. I thought Kan developed and adjusted to whatever situation she was thrown into. I highly recommend it.
This was my first "zombie" book and I loved it!!! Can't wait for the rest of the series.
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Author of dark fantasy and sub-genres of horror. Voracious Reader and Googler. Lover of dark humor. Horror Buff. Zombie Apocalypse Enthusiast. Loyal Cracked follower. Pinterest Addict. Wife of adoring husband. Mother of a seven year old Bruce Wayne. Cook. Maid. Kisser of boo-boos. Ultimate Time Waster. Perfect Procrastinator. Lolly Gagger. Trubie. Cake Decorator. Tea Drinker. Sculpey Sculptor. Gir...more
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