The basic plot of the first book starts off when two women run into each other while escaping the early stages of the zombie apocalypse. They trek off...moreThe basic plot of the first book starts off when two women run into each other while escaping the early stages of the zombie apocalypse. They trek off in a car, finding other survivors, bandits and zombies along the way until they finally reach a fortified town in texas that is in the beginning stages of cleaning out the zombies. There, they meet the future romances of their lives upon arrival. One is a handsome dashing Texan who is perfect in every way, but shooting, and the other is a long haired Mexican day worker.
If you're a fan of Thelma and Louise, and you're a fan of zombies, then you will enjoy "First Days" by Rhiannon Frator. It is one parts classic horror and one parts whimsical buddy adventure story. This was something of a strange mix for me, but I quickly got used to it after a while. The book was fast paced, action packed, and fun to read, but then Frator decided to introduce a pointless romantic subplot into the story after the girls reach the town. It's things like this that actually made me afraid to read this book to begin with. After having read the entire trilogy you realize the cheesy romances really served absolutely no real function, were highly superficial, and at times distracting when one or both characters would continue to blather on in their heads about how much in love they were.(less)
In Moody's novel, "Autumn" something like 99 percent of the people in the city of Northwitch drop dead in a matter of minutes; after a day or so, abou...moreIn Moody's novel, "Autumn" something like 99 percent of the people in the city of Northwitch drop dead in a matter of minutes; after a day or so, about a third rise up again a day and begin shambling around as reanimated corpses. Three survivors find each other and decide to hole up at an old country farm house.
Evidently, the zombies in this book don't actually eat people; they just attack and get violent, but can't actually infect anyone like they typically do in other zombie stories. There's just something about this idea I don't like. It's kind of like writing a vampire novel with vampires who don't need to drink blood or bite people. I also hated the dialogue between the characters. I understand Moody's need to create tension and mood, but back and forth dialogue comprising of 3 to 4 words sometimes got on my nerves. About the only thing I truly liked in this book was the pacing. Despite a somewhat dull story I was still able to finish the book within a day. I wouldn't mind reading the sequel just to discover what happens to the characters and the world Moody created.(less)
On the back of the book there is a who's who list of gushing zombie authors praising the book like it was the, be all, end all, of all zombie books, b...moreOn the back of the book there is a who's who list of gushing zombie authors praising the book like it was the, be all, end all, of all zombie books, but the reality is very different. The premise of the story is basically about a bunch of people holed up inside their apartment building, starving themselves to death because they can't make it across the street to the supermarket, you know, because of all the zombies. Then one day a teenage girl passes by, (page 151) who seems to be completely immune to the zombies and helps them get food and supplies from the supermarket. No one knows why the undead won't touch her, but near the end we find out that it has something to do with being born addicted to drugs, which may have somehow altered her brain chemistry, and explains why she seems so detached and unemotional all the time. Anyway she pretty much decides to stay with these ppl upon her arrival. The end.
That's the whole story in a nutshell, if it even qualifies as one. Obviously some seem to think so, but you can decide for yourself based on my summary. If you thought the plot was uninspired it certainly doesn't improve with the characters, who are just as dull and uninteresting as the rest of the book. (less)
This book doesn't read like your typical novel, it's completely written in first person and in the form of dry journal entries which are very clinical...moreThis book doesn't read like your typical novel, it's completely written in first person and in the form of dry journal entries which are very clinical and nearly stripped of any emotion. As a result the characters have as much depth as the paper the book is written on. This novel is a disaster on a post apocalyptic scale equal to the plot of the story.(less)
This is really a novel that didn't need to be written. It's the story of how a sleepy little town in the middle of nowhere handles the zombie apocalyp...moreThis is really a novel that didn't need to be written. It's the story of how a sleepy little town in the middle of nowhere handles the zombie apocalypse. I suppose it was meant to be funny in a way, because the residents of said sleepy town are pretty incompetent and slow to realize their danger, and pretty much screw up every which way to Sunday, but it just didn't seem to work for me. Not only is there nothing to laugh about, but the characters and plot are extremely thin. I wish I never read this.(less)