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The First Days by Rhiannon Frater
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Dec 04, 13

Read in October, 2011

I cannot understand what everyone sees in this book. I was expecting "Thelma & Louise" plus zombies, and that's...sorta...where it started, but it just got worse and worse as it went along. To begin with, the (somewhat) interesting action scenes did not in any way make up for having to hear about everyone's feelings every three seconds. About halfway through the book, I felt like I'd gone from "Thelma & Louise" + zombies, to "The View" + zombies. I think if it had been written in first person that aspect might not have been as awful, but that's not saying much. And don't even get me started on the paragraphs that try to cram in what all of the characters are doing/feeling.

"Katie felt wetness flowing down her own face as she pulled Jenni into an embrace. Jason threw his arms around both of them while Jack barked for attention. Katie kissed both Jenni and Jason on the cheek firmly, then hugged them again. It felt delicious to be alive and with them once more."

Seriously? We don't need to know what everyone is doing after each tiny bit of action. Honestly, I swear we don't. Also, note to authors: Having your character "feel delicious" when they've just survived nearly being eaten by zombies is, at best, really lame.

The other thing that bothered me was how often observations were made when the writing should've been more background.

"The first obstacle was in plain view. The library had a set of glass double doors with a small foyer between them. Trapped in the entryway was an old man, dead, hungry, and beating on the interior door. It was kind of funny that he still clung to his library book."

Now, if these were someone's thoughts, I would've had no problem with them. But this is only one example of the many descriptive paragraphs between dialog, where there is no clear point of view as to who is making the observation.

In conclusion, if you can manage to ignore all the touchy feely stuff this still makes for a fairly uninteresting zombie book with subpar writing. At least that's my opinion on it.
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Holli My thoughts exactly.


message 2: by Ruby (new) - rated it 1 star

Ruby I agree with this review so much. Man, if I had a dollar for each time one of the characters kissed another character's cheek...


message 3: by Sg (new) - rated it 2 stars

Sg totally agree


message 4: by RedBecca (new) - added it

RedBecca I'm on page 90 and I don't think I'm going to be able to finish it. The writing is pretty awful and I image the author must not have children because Jenni seems to get over the death of her children in one day. By day 2 she's apparently giggling over the thought of running down zombies with her truck. Really??


Jamie I could not agree more! This book was so hard for me to get through. All of the kissing on the cheek and holding hands, and then to top it of the mediocre writing. I was thoroughly disappointed with this book and I don't understand all of the rave reviews.


Adrian Couldn't finish it, not sure if it's because I'm a guy but the interaction between Travis and the girls didn't feel legit.


Kelly Butcher Or the lack of emotion? When Ralph dies and all Travis can say is "I am sorry. I liked him." Really? I did a robot voice in my mind.


Rosanna Morris I couldn't make it halfway through. I find all these 5 star reviews disheartening. The characters are flat and unlikable..I don't believe in them for a minute. And even if she could have made me believe..she sure didn't make me care.


message 9: by Jazmynn (new)

Jazmynn Was really excited about this book, then once I started reading I was so disappointed.


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