I'm almost at a loss as to what to say here because I know next to nothing about zombies or this type of book. I picked this up for two reasons and twI'm almost at a loss as to what to say here because I know next to nothing about zombies or this type of book. I picked this up for two reasons and two reasons only. One was because the reading challenge I'm doing this spring has a task where I needed to read a sci-fi book. I asked my friend Felicia what she would recommend and she sent me this book. I figured that at worst I would be able to plow through it and at best it would be milding entertaining. I've always been way more of a non-fiction person because it seemed to be more worthwhile in a way, like I was always learning something, that the reading wasn't just frivolous fun. Well, this was an immense amount of fun although I wouldn't call it frivolous at all! I loved it! I can't wait to read the sequel and then the third installment! I was and still am amazed at how Frater was able to make everything, not just some parts, everything, realistic as hell. It scared me. And I mean, it scared me bad. I'm not by nature a jumpy person but this book really got me thinking the whole 'what-if' scenario all throughout. I'm thrilled that I found a new genre to read and I will always remember this book as being the first great zombie book I read! The characters were out of this world (literally), if I had to pick a favorite I don't know where I would start. I like Juan a lot....and Nerit- she's awesome as hell. Katie and Jennie, the two main characters in the first one make the best team and Frater has their personalites matching perfectly without making them the 'same'. The plot line and situations they had to go through were absolutely riveting. I found myself wanting to page through a little bit to "just see what happened" numerous times although I made myself wait and the end result was even more delicious. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a new genre to get into, anyone who enjoys different types of fiction, anyone who likes horror stories and/or liked being scared, damn near anyone in general really. To not read this would be missing out...seriously. At least give it a shot. Like I told Felicia- I would have laughed in the face of anyone if someone would have told me I'd like this kind of story. Even up until a week ago I'd have laughed my ass off. Hopefully the second is just as good as this one because I can't wait to find out what happens next. The ending of this was just right- she left it so the reader is wanting more but also so you're surprisingly "full" too.
I can't say enough wonderful things about not only this book, but the series. I want everyone to know that I am the last person on earth that would haI can't say enough wonderful things about not only this book, but the series. I want everyone to know that I am the last person on earth that would have ever believed I'd like a book like this. Imagine my shock when I not only liked it- but LOVED it! Rhiannon Frater has a true gift people- I'm so serious! I plan on reading more "zombie" books in the future but I don't have a huge hope that any will compare to this. I don't even see it as possible. Don't think that because I don't know my way around zombie-lit that I was in awe of the first thing I read either- I know my way around literature in general so that's a moot point. Somehow, someway, Frater was able to make this so damn realistic that is was downright frightening for me. Not only the blood shed and attacks and that sort of thing, I mean the feelings involved. I had such a wide range of emotions show themselves while reading this that when I think back it's still shocking. What to say about the characters? Have you ever read a book where each and every single character played a role? A good role? A role that is pertinent to the story? A book where you couldn't imagine it being a story still without this one character? Even if the character was off to the side for the entire story? Well, that's this. There are NO, I repeat- NO, frivolous characters in this story. They, each and every single one, bring something to the table. I wouldn't want any of them changed in the slightest, they were as close to being perfect characters as one can come I think. Whether they were "good", "bad", or just "there"- they each had a unique part in the book that just wouldn't have been the same without them. My favorite characters in this one? Hmmmm, it's hard to say but definitely Travis and Juan. Peggy is pretty cool too- of course Katie and Jenni. Nerit is just plain awesome. I'm freaked when I think of how on the edge of my seat I was. Half of me wanted the story to go as fast as possible so I could know what happened and the other half just wanted time to stand still so I could hold on to each situation and event. I could go on and on but I won't- I won't even give a quick run down of the book- read the description. Better yet- read the book. Even if you think you'd never in your life be caught dead reading a zombie book- READ THIS ONE and then say that!
So far out of my regular genres yet by far the most exciting book I've ever read! I can't say that I've ever wanted to devour a book so far and at theSo far out of my regular genres yet by far the most exciting book I've ever read! I can't say that I've ever wanted to devour a book so far and at the same time try to slow myself down so as to not let the book go by too fast. I wanted to immediately start rereading this- for the excitment factor alone. I'm making myself wait until the first two books come in so I can read them all in one shot, in order. I'm probably the last person that would have ever picked this up, but I did, on the advice of a friend and I owe her dearly. I'm sitting here nervous that I'll never be able to "top" this- that I'll never be this into characters again, that I'll never care so much about characters again. How frustrating! I had to force my eyes to stay still over pages so many times- my eyes wanted to jump ahead and my mind was screaming not to let that happen. There is no one I wouldn't recommend these books too- these are all favorites and keepers for me. ...more
I enjoyed reading this. I'm still so new to this type of book that I'm hesitant to say much because my knowledge is quite limited. I've read very fewI enjoyed reading this. I'm still so new to this type of book that I'm hesitant to say much because my knowledge is quite limited. I've read very few books that can be put into the same group as this and this isn't my favorite but it is good. I liked the differences between these zombies versus "regular" zombies that are slow and dumb. I wish the 'why' of it were explained more - I think that could have helped out a lot because knowing why these zombies were different, for whatever reason, could have helped me get into the story more. I don't think there was one character that didn't fit into the story, whether he was a good or bad guy, they all fit and fit well. There will be a sequel to this I'm sure and I'll definitely read it....more
I couldn't get into this at all and I barely got a quarter of the way in. Even though I am now able to quit a book I still don't like doing it and I dI couldn't get into this at all and I barely got a quarter of the way in. Even though I am now able to quit a book I still don't like doing it and I do try not to.... when I can. I couldn't continue with this. I'd be interested to know whether Simmons is Irish, has ever been to Ireland, if he knows anything about the dialect, slang, etc. Because it was far too over the top IMO. It was like someone like myself (not from Ireland and not a person who uses Irish slang) wrote a book and stuck in every single damn Irish slang word I could find. Far too much. Ciggie, trackie bottoms, take the Mickey, bloke, arse(s), footie, shite, etc. Good luck trying to find one page that doesn't have all of these terms and more. Horrible. It was like work and I don't like to work when I read, I like to have fun. I really thought I'd like this because the cover art is pretty cool and the title interested me. This, however, is just NOT for me. If the dialogue would have been smooth I maybe could have hung in there despite the overuse of the slang but that's not the case here - the conversations and thoughts and everything in between is anything but smooth. ...more
This just isn't for me at all - it seems silly and stupid to be blunt. If I'm going to read about anything supernatural it needs to be along the linesThis just isn't for me at all - it seems silly and stupid to be blunt. If I'm going to read about anything supernatural it needs to be along the lines of how Rhiannon Frater writes. Maybe it's because I picked this up without reading the previous books but I don't think so. I could tell from page one that I wasn't going to get into it. I did give it a decent shot though I think. I'll say this - had I spent $23.95 on this I would be PISSED. As it happens, I spent all of 50 cents on it at Goodwill. :D ...more