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3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  357 Ratings  ·  80 Reviews
On the eve of winter Solstice, a massive flash envelopes the Earth and then there is nothing. The sun no longer shines and civilization is plunged into unending darkness. Those exposed to the mysterious flash have changed—they have become bloodthirsty, cunning, and determined to devour anyone who is not infected. They are Ragers.

In Sweden, a group of uneasy travelers hears
ebook, 247 pages
Published May 7th 2012 by E-Volve Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Courtney Wells
Found this one for free on Amazon. Seriously, it's probably one of the best books I've read this year and zombie stories period.

It's a creepy blend of 28 Days Later and Pet Semetary, plenty gory details and really quality writing. I'd emphatically recommend this to fans of the genre or people looking for an intense horror book.
Jun 06, 2012 Giselle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, arc, zombies, adult
If it wasn't for the flaws in logic, this could've been a really great book. It's got intense scenes, a steady pace, and plenty of characters to keep you captivated, but it's hard to forget that nagging voice in your mind that tells you it doesn't make sense. Pushing that voice in a corner, I found I was able to enjoy the chilling story nonetheless.

Sure, talking zombies have been done in novels like Dearly, Departed and it works, but that's because we get a scientific explanation. Something has
T.M. Smith
Jul 14, 2012 T.M. Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A real life, honest to goodness, Zombie book! WooHoo!!!
My favorite genre of books are Zombie books; I especially enjoy a good zombie book; this was a great zombie book!
Burgess unfolds such an interesting post apocolyptic world for us, you are drawn in more and more with every page as you learn about these
blood thirsty zombies in a human shell (Ragers).
Another aspect of this book that I enjoyed was the justification; how these "Ragers" came to be. They also retained their human memories, locke
May 26, 2012 Natasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-written
Author Donna Burgess sure gives readers a entertaining, action packed and chilling read with Solstice and as we follow several small groups through this modern day apocalypse, we are given no explanation to why or what caused this zombie (or Rager's) apocalypse, other than a mysterious flash. Which I loved.

As for the book characters, I found that many were believable in both their thinking and actions. I even found myself really rooting for some of the book characters, while other book character
The Haunted Reading Room 2017 - Year of Lovecraft
11 or 12 stars would be apropos!

An electrifying “what if”-a coronal mass ejection on the sun, an ordinary and not infrequent event, serves as the “pulse” which totally knocks out the power grid everywhere on earth. And not just that-not just total loss of communications, Internet, television, subways, and so forth-but all those exposed to it, outdoors or indoors, turn into something really worse than zombies-flat grayish eyes, burnt skin-and an enormous and intense hunger for flesh. Even worse,
Rolando Gill
May 30, 2012 Rolando Gill rated it it was ok
I am a pretty fast reader and I tend to just fly past the fluff that authors put in to fill pages. I go from visual description to visual description. That is what made this book passable. The author was able to describe situations in a way that I could understand and see them. However, in order to enjoy this book you must make HUMONGOUS leaps of logic in almost every chapter. So much so that I had to create this unbelievable irrational construct in my mind. That is where the story stops being e ...more
Wanda Hartzenberg
Where to star, where to start? What can I say that would convince you that you seriously need to read this book? I don’t know the answer, so I am imploring you, trust me, you want to read this book. This was my first ever Zombie book. Post apocalyptic Europe had me enthralled. The characters, again very human and very flawed had me rooting for some and wishing others would dissolve like an aspiring in water. The author managed to use the dystopian backdrop as a character all in and of itself. I ...more
May 27, 2012 Puddlyduck rated it really liked it
To be devoured in one bite.

Solstice is a swift-paced collection of experiences of gore, loss, love, self discovery and fear in the aftermath of an apocalypse.

As the characters discover, humanity is not measured in heartbeats alone.
Nazish Ahmed (Nazish Reads)
I rated this book 3.5 stars.

I just reviewed this on my blog (also, my stop for the blog tour).
To view my post for the blog tour and other reviews, click here Solstice: A Novel of the Zombie Apocalypse by Donna Burgess

(I was given the ebook for free to review, as part of the "Solstice" blog tour.)

Sex: yes
Gore: yes, lots and lots of it
Magic: no
Romance: yes

Action: 5 stars
Pacing: 4.5 stars
Plot: 4 stars

First of all, I love the cover, partly because it's blue, but also because...I don't know, I just
May 24, 2012 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved, read-in-2012
I can not stress enough that if you are looking for a fast paced zombie novel, you HAVE to read this!

I saw this show up on a side bar on Good Reads and it perked my interest, even with zero reviews to go on I knew I had to try this.

The writing is extremely smooth and well written. You have a couple different points of view but they are very well written and they transition very well through out the chapters and book itself.

There is plenty of zombie carnage which is def a must in a zombie book! I
Zander Vyne
Jul 24, 2012 Zander Vyne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yay! Something different for zombie genre lovers. And, it's well written, and error free.

This was a free download. I've been on a quest this summer to download, read, and review as many free ebooks as possible. I only download items in genres I regularly read that sound interesting, and I am brutally honest with my reviews.

So far, I've found very few books to review positively. Most new e-books seem like hastily thrown together, rough drafts; self-published efforts that would have benefitted fro
I really really really want to give this book 5 stars. It was so good. I had a zombie nightmare for the first time in years after I finished it.
I really liked Melanie and Tomas's story. I wasn't so hot on Stu and Tana. I was cheering for Tomas and Mel from the beginning. They seemed to have more to live for and didn't just hide in a store the whole time. Their part of the story had the most action aspects of the story and really seemed to fly by. Stu et al had the most horror moments. When they
Marissa Farrar
Sep 20, 2012 Marissa Farrar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do enjoy a good zombie novel which focuses on the characters rather than the zombies, and this one didn't disappoint. I thought all the characters were well-written and well-developed - from Tomas, with his well-meaning love for his family, to Melanie with her nervous ticks and her love for Tomas. The book had me hooked from the first couple of pages and I read it straight over two days.

My only real gripe with the story was a few of the things set in England weren't quite right. The English ch
Martin Belcher
Jul 11, 2012 Martin Belcher rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2012
On the day before Winter solstice, Earth is hit by a huge flash of light and then darkness..... The horror has only just begun as most of the population seems to have become ravenously hungry zombies.

In Gothenburg, Sweden, Tomas and his estranged wife Leila and his son Christopher are joined by Melanie a university student from Stockholm, they barricade themselves into their remote house until they can stand it no more and then decide to take the perilous journey across Northern Europe to France
This story is told from multiple points of view about what happens when one day the world goes mad. One Solstice there are major solar flares and all light goes out on earth. No power, no phones, and people you love are dead but still moving and worse, eating people. This is the second zombie apocalypse novel I have read this week and it was not more of the same. This story focuses on the emotional and physical toll this would take on people and the extent to which people will go to save those ...more
Karen Fowler
Jul 03, 2012 Karen Fowler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First, the good: Not your typical zombie novel, Solstice imagines the undead creatures a bit different, which is a breath of fresh air. I found the writing to be quite good, the action fast-paced and the descriptions very vivid. I plowed through this book in one sitting, so anxious was I to see how it ended.

Now, the bad (which isn't all that bad, I swear!)-- This book doesn't delve into the scientific reasoning behind the sudden appearance of zombies or the constant state of darkness, which bug
Crystal Clifton
May 31, 2012 Crystal Clifton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Recommended to Crystal by: won on goodreads
Shelves: first-reads
This is actually the first book about zombies/ragers i have ever read . the characters in this book were so believable and make you think of what you might do in the case of the end of the world, Stu, Tana Melanie and Thomas are some kick ass characters that were very enjoyable to read. EIt was serious, humorous and sit on the edge of your seat excitement. I think everyone should have this book in their collection especially for those of you that love Zombie stories I mean these Zombies/Ragers m ...more
Paula Mccue
Jul 12, 2012 Paula Mccue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Don't normally go for these kind of books, zombies aint my thing but this book was going for free and I fancied a change, absolutely loved it, It was a totally different take on zombies where the zombies still had memory of there lives they knew who they were, they just had a hunger for flesh and they were pure evil. It was gruesome and dark but the stories of the people were so good, the characters all had depth and I felt like if this kinda thing ever happened this is how it would be. It was a ...more
Tom Lewis
It was OK. I liked the premise - on the Eve of the Winter Solstice, the sun suddenly goes dark, and the dead arise. The zombies themselves also had some new traits that were both interesting and eerie. My main problems were the characters, lots of contrivances, and towards the end it took a sharp nihilistic turn. If the characters had been more likable, I probably could have overlooked the other problems; but the characters just really weren't any fun.
Lysette Kennedy
Jun 09, 2012 Lysette Kennedy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Scary, but I loved the characters. An exciting twist on the zombie genre. I wonder if there will be another book.
Sep 04, 2012 Books rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, favorites
It seems lately I have an appetite for zombie-themed books. I finished “Hollowland” by Amanda Hocking and then, on the recommendation of a friend, got started on this one. I finished it in no time because once the story got its hold on me, it just wouldn’t let go until I had read the last page at 02:30 in the morning.

Everyone who has been following my reviews by now knows that I’m a big fan of the horror genre. And let’s be honest: zombies are much more horrifying than vampires, werewolves and d
Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog

Background: A flash of light and then an unbearable darkness has taken the world by surprise, leaving its inhabitants shocked. Those who saw the flash have become man-eating Ragers, a talking version of what is commonly considered a zombie. These Ragers are attacking the others all over and the living is trying to adapt to darkness, no power/electronics, and survival against the Ragers. Their only hope is a short radio transmission.

Review: I received this book as part of a blog tour to read for
Jul 02, 2012 Chrystal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Okay first off I loved how quickly this story moved. Solstice was a mixture of chaos, high running emotions and terror for the characters. I can only imagine the emotions that people would be experiencing at a time where the world is in complete darkness and people have gone stark raving mad. Also, the fact that this takes place in post-apocalptic Europe was an added bonus (London and Sweden). It was nice to see a change from the usual American locations, though there are some American character
John Podlaski
Oct 28, 2012 John Podlaski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have recently been attracted to zombie books and taking full advantage of the "free ebook promotions" by Amazon. This book is unlike the other apocalypse books that I've read...these zombies have super strength, memories, can think, speak, see in the dark killing machines.

Solstice basically follows two groups of survivors. One is traveling through England and the other trekking through the north Baltic countries en route to England. Both had been attracted by sporadic radio announcements prom
Paranormal Reads
Solstice is different from your everyday Zombie or Rangers as they are called in this book. Tragedy happens and the world begins to end. People are transformed into Rangers, zombies who can talk to you and they love to taunt their victims. There is rumors of a safe place and some of the survivors try to find their way their. The only bad thing is the Rangers aren't the only ones you have to look out for. The bad and crazy people have come out as well.

This book follows several different characte
Jul 23, 2012 Alisha rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It was a perfect book of imperfect characters! I didn't always like all their decisions, for instance choosing to move around when it's obvious that it makes more sense to find a place to hide, especially when you have a small child. Still, the romance, the grief, the horror were all done so perfectly that I know it's going to be awhile till I get this one out of my head. I did think the author, Donna, could have let a couple more of the characters live, as one in particular w ...more
Aug 24, 2012 Carlie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombielovin
I highly recommend this book.

You can call them zombies as a way of identifying the book for those looking for zombie related books. The author uniquely calls them Ragers and gives them their own distinct characteristics. Anyone reading a traditional zombie book would have to stop and do a double take when reading this book.
Ragers, talk. Yep, they are walking talking flesheaters. They laugh, tell bad jokes, know who they are, drive cars and get pissed when you won't opent the door and let them ta
Jun 24, 2012 Greg rated it liked it
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It's never a good thing in a zombie apocalypse novel when you meet all the main characters prior to the outbreak and hope that every single one is eaten quickly. We have the spoiled rich brats on the trip who think that having money entitles them to whine, moan, throw their weight around and behave like obnoxious toddlers. We have the girl who was brought up by her dead parent's friend-and she spends her time mooning and flirting with the man and wondering why his wife seems to dislike her visit ...more
Erica Kinch
Jul 19, 2012 Erica Kinch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely everything a 'zombie' (depending on your definition) tale should be....which is perfect for my first zombie book. Of course I'm a film fanatic.

One of the first things I loved about this is that people had previously heard of zombies. Every time I watch a movie I'm thinking, "It's 2012, we would have an idea of what's going on." Despite if it's a Night of the Living Dead zombie or one from 28 Days later, we have some form of a reference point and it drives me insane to watch new movie
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Donna Burgess is an author of dark fiction and poetry who enjoys surfing, painting and has a deep affection for all things Monty Python and low-budget horror flicks. Over the past fifteen years, her fiction and poetry has appeared in genre publications such as Weird Tales, Dark Wisdom, Sybil’s Garage and others. She has been married for nineteen years and has two children.

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