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Earth (Elements of The Undead #3)

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Published (first published August 9th 2012)
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Shannon
Jan 17, 2013 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I admit it, I was skeptical. Then again, I thought that Twilight was fun, despite being badly written. Lots of things are entertaining without actually being good. So, I thought I’d give Esmont’s Elements of the Undead a shot. At least, it would be a diversion from daily life.

I underestimated it.

In all really satisfying science fiction or fantasy stories, paranormal archetypes (in this case, zombies) are symbols for bits or themes of culture or humanity about which we do not know how to discuss.
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Jordan
I received the omnibus edition of Elements Of The Undead via the FirstReads program. I've been working through it, and Earth is the third and last story in the collection. You can find my reviews for Book 1: Fire and Book 2: Air here.

Earth was definitely the best of the three stories so far. The first one, while definitely drawing the reader in, contained some series flaws that diminished the reading experience for me. The second story was not intended to stand alone, instead introducing a chara
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Sarah
Oct 20, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book through a GoodReads First Reads giveaway. I should note that I have not read the first two books of the series.

The story takes place after the undead have risen. Civilization is fractured, with small clusters of people living together but isolated from the rest of the world. Suddenly, the undead begin to swarm, and some of the safe havens are lost. Two groups of survivors join forces to make their way out of the newly-developed swarms, hoping for somewhere safe on the eastern coa
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Netanella
Much, much better than Fire, the first book in the series, this third installment introduces a new family who has been holed up in an underground bunker in the desert since right when the bombs fell. Forced to flee due to unfortunate circumstances, they cross paths with Meagan and Jack from the first book, and Chris from the second, Air. The writing is tighter and descriptions of the zombie gore is spot-on nasty gruesome. Very recommended.
Cynthia
Oct 10, 2012 Cynthia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: librarything-arc
This is the third segment in William Esmont's Elements of the Undead tale. Book One introduced the reader to a huge cast of characters and Book Two was a short story, seemingly unrelated to the first (except for zombie overrun). Book Three is beginning to tie things up and make connections between the lives and stories of the various characters.

As in the first two, Esmont's pacing is fast, the mood tense and the threat real. Earth is a quick entertaining read that will make you squirm with unea
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Melissa
Oct 30, 2012 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was definitely the best book of the series. Book one didn't move as fast for me as I like but I am extremely glad I didn't give up on it. You would need to read the first two books to really appreciate the third. I LOVE reading series but one thing I don't like is the repeated information to allow someone to jump in the middle of a series. Earth didn't do that or at least very little. I really enjoyed it and couldn't read fast enough. I even had someone comment to me on the bus that it must ...more
Angela
Oct 25, 2016 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The undead still roam the earth, and survivors are seeing them form into hordes. Megan and Jack are looking for new place for the community she took control of, while Ryan and his family are running from their bunker because of the hordes. Their lives intersect and they join together to find a safe place. Finding a tip that safety may be in Tampa, the group heads that way. The traveling brings dangers of its own. Megan uses her quick wits to get the group out of danger again and again. They don' ...more
Sam Atkinson
Oct 16, 2012 Sam Atkinson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this zombie apocalypse novel. The characters felt real, the tension felt real. The book reminded me of the series 'The Walking Dead', so if you enjoy that show, this series of novels are must read material. The story was fast paced and I found myself having trouble putting the book down. I hope that this trilogy is not yet finished, as I am eager to find out what next?
Sankha Subhra Saha
"Earth" was quite an interesting read .
I felt that the first two books should be be read in order
to understand some portion of this book .

I got this book through Goodreads First reads giveaway .
Anahita
Jul 10, 2013 Anahita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an unexpectedly good trilogy. I didn't even realize it was about zombies when I started the first one.
Jammies
An alligator? Really, Mr. Esmont? Lame.
Howard
Apr 29, 2016 Howard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a pretty good story. I liked this book better than the first book in the series.
David Morgan
May 12, 2014 David Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well told stories of the undead giving me my Walking Dead fix. On to the fourth and final book Water.
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“Wake ere the burst of the great white sun     Into the blazing skies,     Our limbs are stiff and the lids are gummed     Over our blighted eyes.     But our souls have perished in dust and heat,     And this is the tale we tell,     Our lives are ever a grim retreat     With Death on the roofs of hell.   from Out on the Roof of Hell, by Henry Lawson” 0 likes
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