Allison Hewitt Is Trapped (Zombie #1)
"One woman's story as she blogs - and fights back - the zombie apocalypse"
Allison Hewitt and her five colleagues at the Brooks and Peabody Bookstore are trapped together when the zombie outbreak hits. Allison reaches out for help through her blog, writing on her laptop and utilizing the military's emergency wireless network (SNET). It may also be her only chance to reach...more
After my initial First Reads fiasco, I was a little surprised they let me "win" again! But they did! Yaaaaaay!
Allison Hewitt a first person narrative, natch, and the main character, who it might not surprise you to learn is named Allison Hewitt, is trapped in a bookstore where she works part time. It's set somewhere Midwestern – maybe Wisconsin? - and Roux does Midwestern smart-ass pretty well, and without a lot of cleverness and l33tspeak. I went into this with...more
'Allison Hewitt is Trapped' is just fantastic. I was absorbed after just a couple of chapters and didn't want to put the book down. Allison is a great character, she's spunky and real - a woman I would like to be if the world was overrun with the undead. She's scared of everything going on around her but she's brave, not afraid to fight and put her life on the line for others.
Allison is locked inside the break room because it's the strongest door in th...more
Wow! Loved this book!
Having not ever heard of the "Allison Hewitt is Trapped" blog (apologies, Ms. Roux!), I had no idea what to expect, but the synopsis sounded interesting, so I entered to win the book.
I am ever so glad I did.
Allison's story unfolds as a series of blog posts, complete with commenters from others struggling to survive post-zombie apocalypse. I wasn't sure if I'd like the blog-style approac...more
- Since it's an archive of first person blog entries, we already know that because Allison is typing it up for us, she lived to tell the tale. Kind of kills the suspense of "IS SHE GOING TO SURVIVE???"-type situations Roux enjoyed putting her in.
- Lack of clarity as to where the story took place. Based on the early mention of Chicago, I knew it was the Midwest, but eventually I was able to piece toge...more
This was a very very creative spin on the zombie genre. Heck I feel it is one of the better books I have read in a while. It is written as a blog. And it includes blog responses from other survivors out there, s...more
While there isn't anything revolutionary about the book (similar tropes and memes throughout) it is written with a very deft...more
I went into this book thinking about how much I loved FEED by Mira Grant - it's about zombies and has blog excerpts. It's unfortunate that the author just couldn't make me care about Allison the way I did about the characters in FEED. I...more
Allison is determined to find a way to survive. She takes an emergency fire axe as her own and tries to p...more
The story did draw me in, aside from confusion on my part arising from having just finished reading another zombie novel. To quote John Travolta from one of his very early roles, ‘I’m sooo confused!’ (and if you can pick up what reference that is, you’re an old fart like me!).
So... then I wonder (when I saw this book), will a book about zombie wins my heart as well? But guess what, I loved it so much I stayed up late for...more
Allison Hewitt is Trapped actually started out as a blog. The blog is still up, and the entries have an immediacy that brings the story to life. As Allison’s story progressed, some of the blog’s follower...more
Books in this genre are often written by men and run the risk of reducing women to archetypes--the whore, the female warrior, the damsel-in-distress, etc. Roux does an excellent job with her heroine and creates cha...more
Allison Hewitt, book lover an...more
This book began as a War of the Worlds style blog. Instead of a realistic radio pro...more
It's a brave experiment, attempting to invest chick-lit sensibilities into a post-apocalyptic piece, but one that just doesn't gell when you look at suspension of disbelief. The upbeat aspects of t...more
This one, which began life as a fiction blog, is done in the style, sort of, of blog entries. Allison starts the blog locked in the back room of the bookstore she works at, with co-workers and a couple of customers, while zombies roam outside. Apparently, the military has a special wireless network that got activated, so she has access to the internet, so long as she gets power for her laptop. This was one of those...more
Told in the form of blog entries, "Allison Hewitt is Trapped" takes a page from "The Walking Dead" and concen...more
One woman's story as she blogs - and fights back - the zombie apocalypse
I've been very into survival books these days. Any kind of survival books. Plane crashes, stranded on islands, zombie apocalypses, just regular apocalypses, the whole sha-bang! Thats what I've been reading these past months and this book was definitively one of my favorites.
Allison gets a lot of tragic (but entertaining) things thrown her...more
The book begins in the breakroom of a book shop with a small number of staff and custo...more
Putting that aside, this novel does complete the check list for zombie horror which include - normal people stuck somewhere with one taking...more
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