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As the World Dies: Untold Tales Volume 1

(As The World Dies Untold Tales #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  1,566 ratings  ·  85 reviews
THE FIRST DAYS: AS THE WORLD DIES introduced Jenni and Katie and their harrowing journey to the makeshift fort in the Texas Hill Country. But theirs is not the only tale to be told. In the first volume of the AS THE WORLD DIES UNTOLD TALES experience three terrifying tales of those who are forced to face the unrelenting and hungry walking dead.

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Paperback, 1, 158 pages
Published March 22nd 2012 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published January 1st 2011)
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Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I will never get enough of this series.

With its extraordinary characters that all left a mark on my heart, and a story that kept it beating hard - As the World Dies by Rhiannon Frater has become one of my favorite series ever (and it's a short list). Thus, I rejoiced at the idea of the Untold Tales, where she takes us into the lives of different characters prior to their appearance in the original series.

In this volume, we get familiar with the stories of Lydia, Monica and Eric. Lydia is a sign
Ashley - The Bookish Brunette
YES... Rhiannon Frater put together a collection of three short stories to go along with her As The World Dies trilogy (for all her DIE HARD fans... *ahem* that would definitely include me!)

First short story was Lydia's... *sobs*
Lydia is totally one of my favorite characters in the As The World Dies series... even though she is already dead at the beginning of the first book. I know right? She is such a HUGE part of Katie's memories, that we care about her as deeply as we do Katie or Jenni! When
The Untold Tales series is a great companion novella anthology to the As the World Dies series. I'd advise reading book one in that series before reading these stories. I'm going to write just a few comments on each story and how good each one is so I don't ruin the plot! And how gorgeous is the cover of this book? I love the colours and design.

1) The Broken Heart
As Katie rushes off to get to court on time, her wife Lydia is at home, getting worried about the strange behaviour of her blood cover
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
So this is 3 short stories from the first days of the zombie outbreak. I wish I'd of read it closer to finishing the series. It took me a minute to remember who was who. Still good and I really liked Eric's POV the best. My favorite zombie books are the early days of the ZA.

Lydia's story:
This one is the selling point of the book since Lydia is such a presence throughout the series. It was just way too short. I kinda felt cheated lol.

Monica's story:
I'd forgotten what a tough cookie Monica is.
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! It brought back all the memories of what I felt when I was first introduced to Jenni and Katie's world and I wanted to go and read the whole trilogy again.

This book and the other volumes that follow, give us an insight into the tale that very few authors give to the readers that enter their world. A small look into the lives and thoughts of other characters, not central in the plot line but important enough that they made an impact on us. Like Lydia, who was always the tragic b
Once again Ms Frater has hit the nail on the head! I loved getting to know what happened to some of the characters from the main story and their friends and loved ones. The untold tails of the desperate survivors (and the unlucky ones) was exciting, scary, sad, disturbing, heart-warming and at times darkly humorous. The only down side is that the short story on what happens on the first day to Katie’s beloved wife (Lydia) was a bit too short. I would've loved for there to have been more on this ...more
The  SciFi Chick Muses
Great follow up stories to the As the World Dies series! I really enjoyed learning the stories of some of my favorite characters. You can never go wrong with a Rhiannon Frater book!
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: zombies
I love me some Rhiannon Frater!
Carolyn  Storer
Originally posted on Book Chick City. 7/10 on the blog.

I don't often read short stories. Not because I don't think they are good but because I prefer the longer story and character arc that a novel can give. But when I found that one of my all time favourite series had a companion volume of short stories, I had to read it.

I'm not sure if readers coming in as a completely new reader will find this small collection of short stories as riveting as I did. The first two stories are short and I think
Mrs LB
Nov 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I read the series several years back and always knew I would eventually get to these backstories. I just wish I'd have done it sooner as my memory of some of the characters are not so fresh.
Robin Perryman
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good Short stories

I enjoyed each of theses short tales. I connected with these characters so easily and it left me wanting more. I'm about to get volume 2 right now. I will be reading more by this author.
Shanna Tidwell
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great additional stories are added to this world.
Amazing talent for character & wold building. Thank you for bringing the characters to life.
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I want more Eric and Stacy!!!
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
After reading the trilogy, it is refreshing to go back and explore other aspects of the book. Well done.
Ann Bickle
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really love the series by Rhiannon Frater...and these short stories of the characters I love were fun to read.
Amy Fournier
Mar 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have a few blogger friends who absolutely swear that I need to read the As The World Dies series. After reading this I am totally going to. This book goes into the stories of some of the characters in the series, who as the title states, stories are untold. I have gotten to know some of the characters through their own stories and I need read more about everything having to do with this series. Rhiannon Frater sure knows how to do the whole zombie thing. It's intense, creepy, and totally addic ...more
Laura Thomas
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For those of you who haven’t read the As The World Dies Trilogy or even volume one, The First Days, never fear. These three tales only tell us a small part of what is occurring in The First Days and mainly focuses on a few characters, spotlighting them and giving them their due.

The Broken Heart (Lydia’s Story)

Lydia, Katie’s wife, is already dead in the beginning of the series, but even in death she steals the hearts of fans. This is her story.

It’s a perfect dawn and Lydia is enjoying her morning
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Posted here:

I love that Rhiannon Frater wrote these short books that include some characters in the books you really do not get to learn about. Now you do, and I thought Vol. 1 was a great addition to read after reading the 1st book in the As The World Dies series The First Days. You will get to learn more about Lydia, Monica and Eric.
One of the characters that I really loved in The First Days that you don't really get to "know" about is Lydia. So I was e
Camille Picott
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I am totally flipped out over Rhiannon Frater's As the World Dies trilogy. Seriously, it's been a long time since I've been this in love with a series. I go to bed at night dreaming about zombies, which I think worries my husband a little. I think the last time I was this obsessed, it was with the Hunger Games. But I can't even compare this series with The Hunger Games -- they're nothing alike.

Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This review is also posted on My Book Addiction as part of #zOctober2013

I have been wanting to read the Untold Tales for quite some time now, but I wanted to get through the entire As The World Dies series first. It didn’t work out that way. So far I’ve only read The First Days — my review can be found here – and it was brilliant, of course, just as all of Frater’s work. When this blog tour hit my radar I knew I had to jump on it, even though I hadn’t read the rest of the series. I’m so glad I d
Lelia Taylor
Sep 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I’ve never read the As the World Dies trilogy but I always like a good zombie story so I was delighted to have a chance to get an introduction to the trilogy through these collections of short stories and novellas. I’ve just finished the first and I must say I’m impressed.

In the first story, we meet Katie and Lydia and, in just a few brief moments, begin to understand what all the alarming news reports mean. The relationship between the two young women is heartwarming and I quickly grew to like
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you have not read any of Rhiannon Frater As The World Dies series than I suggest you stop what your doing and get your ass to a bookstore or on a kindle and get it NOW! This is by far, the best zombie series out there. I don't care if you don't like zombies and think they are gross. The series is so much more than a bunch of mindless undead beings walking around trying to eat your brain out. It's about the human condition and what society will or won't do when forced out of their comfort zone ...more
Yolanda Sfetsos
I've read the AS THE WORLD DIES TRILOGY and absolutely loved it. I bought the two short story collections set in the same world--for my Kindle--because I wanted to know more about some of the supporting characters. I also wanted to try out my new Samsung Galaxy Note. :)

This is the first Volume:

The Broken Heart: The title of this story pretty much sums up how sad this tale is. I mean, it's about Lydia--Katie's wife--so right away we know that it's not going to end well. Still, it was nice to see
Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

4.5 stars

Story #1
Katie and Lydia are an amazing couple. Even with this very short story, I could see the love they shared for each other. You can't help but want to have a love like theirs. Even though I knew it was coming, I was devastated with what happened to Lydia, but her story was inspiring even with the short amount of time she had left.

Story #2
Monica was pretty badass. Another very short story but it packs one hell of a punch. She is just trying t
Kristin (Blood,Sweat and Books)
*I was given a copy of this book from the Author to review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any way for them.

I Loved This Book from the characters, to the writing everything just clicked for me. Although I haven't read the series yet, I really did not feel I needed to in order to enjoy this (though why you wouldn't is beyond me). The first story sucked me in from the first page where we meet the Character Kate and her wife Lydia enjoying a relaxing morning together before th
Unabridged Bookshelf
Dec 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Even though Untold Tales are a companion to the As the World Dies series, they can be read by themselves. Although you may want to have the first book, The First Days handy because once you read these you will defiantly want to read the series. The first volume has three short stories set in the As the World Dies universe.

The first story is “The Broken Heart” which is a very short story about the first days of the zombie outbreak; specifically it is Katie’s wife Lydia’s story about the way she
Stephanie Ward
Oct 23, 2013 rated it really liked it

The 'As the World Dies: Untold Tales' trilogy is a fantastic collection of short stories that gives the background on some of the favorite characters in the series. Fans of the series will love to learn more about the characters they loved from the books and new readers will get some background on the series and the characters before diving into the books. Each volume consisted of three short stories that featured characters from each of the books in the series. They were fast pace
Of course, all 3 volumes of Untold Tales were incredible! Each volume brings the reader right back into the devastated world created in As the World Dies. These tales not only shed light on some of the past and personalities of some of the characters we’ve gotten to know throughout this series, but are also brief snapshots of a world in complete chaos. The imagery created in Frater’s writing never fails to put a clear picture (often disturbing) in my mind of what the world looks like as well as ...more
Book Twirps
Mar 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: purchased
Untold Tales: Volume 1 is a must-read for any fan of Rhiannon Frater’s As the World Dies series as it gives a nice glimpse into the lives of a few of our favorite characters before they arrived at the fort.

I think my favorite of the three stories in this volume is Lydia and Katie’s story. Lydia was such an important part of Katie’s life, and when we meet Katie in the first book, all we know is that Lydia was attacked by zombies. Their story is very bittersweet, and perfectly illustrates why Kati
Vanessa Booke
Mar 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was my first encounter with Rhiannon Frater's writing and I'm glad I was able to be part of this tour. As The World Dies (Untold Tales Vol. 1 & 2) is wonderful collection of gory and horrifying stories that include characters from Frater's earlier trilogy As The World Dies. Although I haven't had the pleasure of reading the trilogy these volumes are awesome as stand alone stories. Each story gives a brief but in-depth view of characters along with some gore and action. I'm definitely go ...more
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Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of the As the World Dies zombie trilogy (Tor) as well as independent works such as The Last Bastion of the Living (declared the #1 Zombie Release of 2012 by Explorations Fantasy Blog and the #1 Zombie Novel of the Decade by B&N Book Blog).

She was born and raised in Texas where she currently resides with her husband and furry children (a.k.a pets).


Other books in the series

As The World Dies Untold Tales (5 books)
  • As The World Dies: Untold Tales Volume 2
  • As The World Dies Untold Tales Volume 3
  • Deadly Night: Jenni and Katie's Untold Tale (As The World Dies Untold Tales #4)
  • A Very Fort Christmas (As The World Dies Untold Tales #5)