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Taking on the Dead

(Famished #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  2,812 ratings  ·  275 reviews
Life for Kansas was perfect until the day the world changed.

She has been hiding out for four years in solitude. It's the only way to survive. The only way not to draw the living dead. Helping a small group of people, she learns the new world might not be what she assumes. Venturing out of her refuge and comfort zone, she meets Rudy, who helps her find a greater purpose. Sh
Paperback, 322 pages
Published September 20th 2012 by CreateSpace (first published September 19th 2012)
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John It's fairly benign. I've read more intense zombie apocalypse books. It starts off well but then about halfway in the author spends way too much time w…moreIt's fairly benign. I've read more intense zombie apocalypse books. It starts off well but then about halfway in the author spends way too much time with the main character analyzing her feelings for every man she meets. (less)

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Oct 14, 2012 rated it liked it
okay, this is another book that has such uniformly high ratings that i don't feel bad for being a little critical, even though i do have a soft spot for the self-published authors, and i do always try to cut them a little more slack than i ordinarily would.

right off the bat - this book is not bad. but it does have its problems, and i am going to discuss those problems, hopefully in a humorous way. but since i have suddenly made the stgrb posse aware of me by writing them an email about how joe's
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Wow...this book took me FOREVER to finish it!

I'm sorry but there was just too much in-depth descriptions that took away from the action of the story.

This has definitely not been one of my favorite zombie books and I don't know if I will continue with the series now that all the back stories have been revealed.

Butttt....I kind of want to know what happened with Mac and what will happen with Rudy and Julie!!

UGH...decisions - decisions!!
Oct 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
Sometime on Tuesday or Wednesday of last week, I finally finished this book. Since then, I have been trying to figure out how best to approach and write this review. The first time I saw this novel was on an ad for a book tour. Being a zombie apocalypse book, I was very quick to jump at the opportunity to read it. Unfortunately, despite my love, I really did not enjoy the book. The reason is because this book completely failed. And it failed spectacularly!

At first, I had high hopes for this book
The plot is solid. It's amazing. It twists and turns. It kept my pants on fire for the two days it took me to read it. :( Why so long? Well because I had to pick it apart as I was reading it. Also I had to work at my part time job. Boo. Mama needs the cash though. Ok enough rubbing it in that I got to read it already and you didn't. NA NA. LOL.
This book was unique. Trust me Annie it was! I still haven't figured out what the hell is going on. I like it though. I like it a lot.
When I read the pr
Laura Thomas
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
So here you are at the carnival, walking hand in hand with your boyfriend, anticipating a night of rides and games, taking in all of the sights, sounds and smells. Suddenly, zombies are everywhere, and you are in for the fight of your life.

That’s what happened to Kansas. She survived that night, but paid a heavy price.

Fast forward to four years later. Kansas City Sunshine Moore, also known as Kansas or Kan for short, has been surviving, hiding out in her family’s underground bunk all alone. A b
Eva Rose
Actual Rating: 0.5 stars

This book lied to me.

It did.

It made me promise that it couldn't keep.

This book, promise me an epic story of a zombie apocalypse only to turn into a "Days of Our Lives" soap opera episode with zombies and some gore splatter around just for shits and giggles.

It starts out well enough, gory and dark just like any book with zombies should be like but then around 60% of the way through suddenly the plot vanishes and we start to focus on the drama unfolding between Kansas an
Sláinte Wanderlust
“A good spirit you are. He is with the Lord now.”

Also posted on my blog: i'mbookedindefinitely

I have substantially pondered the rating I would give to this book with finality. First because this is an independently published book, a fact that should always be afforded respect if not praise for it is no mystery both to writers and even to non-writers like me how hard it is to establish names in the market, more so to move beyond great names in the myriad of genres like Tolkien, Lewis or Le Guin in Fantasy, or of Asimov, Clarke or Heinlein in Sc
First, as a big fan of zombie apocalypse novels, I should alert prospective readers ~ the second half of the book veers away from the gory zombie killin' and survival bits and moves toward romance. To make matters worse, not only is there a love triangle, but it soon becomes a, what? A square? This would have probably turned me off the book had I known about it before starting. If that is not your cuppa, you'll probably want to pick a different book. Second, there are rape triggers throughout th ...more
Lori {Romancing the Dark Side}
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of a strong heroine and the walking dead!
A zombie masterpiece!

After a zombie outbreak changed her life forever, Kansas City Sunshine Moore (what a cool name, right?) has spent four years in solitude and avoiding the living dead in her family home. Her survival depends on keeping a low profile but when she encounters a group being ambushed by zombies, her compassionate nature takes over and she takes them into her safe haven, only to have them turn on her and forced to leave her sanctuary. Soon after leaving her home, Kansas is forced
Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
*Keep in mind this is an adult read...not YA.

Four years ago the world changed and zombies were eating everyone in sight. Four years ago was the end of Kansas' old life and the beginning of her new life. Her new life that consists of living in a bunker built under her house all alone. And alone was working out pretty good for her until 4 survivors pass through seeking shelter for the night. Unfortunately that is not all they wanted.

Now Kansas must up and leave her underground sanctuary to find a
I am going to start off with saying I am not a zombie book reader, well I wasn't. I am a fan of the Walking Dead, TV Show I cringe after every show knowing I have to wait another week to get my fix. What to do ? Well, smart me asked some friends if they knew of any Walking Dead type reads they'd recommend. This was the book I got, by an Indie author I've not heard of before. Cool beans, I love to read 'new' authors. Honestly I didn't have much faith that it would be very interesting to me. I'm a ...more
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
Actual rating - 3.5

Kan was a strong character, and most of the time I liked her.

This started out really good, but there was a huge chunk in the middle that was quite boring. It did pick up again though, and I really enjoyed the last quater.

Overall, A decent apocalyptic read, but had a very slow middle.
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
10/05/12 I am so excited for this book! I love everything about it, the cover, the synopsis, the title and theme! Aaaaaah need to read this one as soon as it comes out!

Update: 21/09/12 Taking on the dead is creepy, terrifyingly shocking and absolutely great. LOVED IT!
Beth  (YA Books Central)
Taking On The Dead is going to the top of my favorite Zombie books! I absolutely loved it! Annie Walls creates an incredible intense story that makes you feel as though you are experiencing every moment with them!! I had received Taking On The Dead as an E-Arc but just completely fell in love with the cover so I knew I had to have it for my bookshelf! I mean a woman, with dreads, and wielding an machete?? Um HECK YEAH!!!!!!!!!! So I waited until the paperback came in to begin this awesome journe ...more
You know when you find a book that you just can't put down - a book that causes you to ignore all other things in life; kids, laundry, eating, etc. and you don't do anything but read? Taking on The Dead was one of those books for me. And even weeks after reading it, I catch myself daydreaming about what might happen next. I'm obsessing...truly.

Annie Walls throws the reader head first into the downfall of Kansas' great life. The zombie infestation takes away her mother, her smart but paranoid fat
Larey Batz
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ballsy, imaginative and twisted. Loved it.

I was absolutely blown away by the imagination of Annie Walls. From the characters, to the description, to the setting, she created a world that I will never forget. The main character Kan is an average woman dropped into the middle of a 'Zombacalypse'. As she endures her ordeal and uses her wits to survive, she soaks up knowledge and information like a sponge and uses it to her advantage. The action jumps off from the first page and never lets up. There
Peggy Martinez
Just finished this book today and I can safely say Annie Walls has earned herself a coveted spot on my TOP INDIE AUTHORS TO READ list! The story flowed beautifully, the characters were real and relatable, the zombies were disgusting, and the action was edge-of-your-seat riveting! The love interests were not over done and didn't overtake the story line, which I found refreshing. Taking on the Dead is definitely one of my top reads of 2013. I'm going to be one of the first in line to snag a copy o ...more
Mar 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: zombie
I'm not one for giving out spoilers so you will not find that here and bound by blood I would not reveal such yet anyways. So having said that I WILL say this book raaaawked it in the world of zombinesss! If you like the slight twisted, keeps you guessing, w/ lots of zombie action/description then this is the one for you! I fell in love w/ some of these characters and cannot WAIT to see where this trilogy takes them! ...more
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When I saw the cover of Taking on the Dead, I was immediately drawn to it. The chick is walking down a rural road carrying a huge knife and I immediately had to read the synopsis. Its book one of the Famished Trilogy and I got goosebumps! Throw in the living dead, a quest for answers and a mysterious guy and I was totally sold. I am delighted to inform you that Taking on the Dead delivered an action packed post-apocalyptic tale that has left me anxious for book two. Walls paints a beautiful pict ...more
Heather M
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, zombies
My full review here.

Kansas was perfectly happy with life, until that one day that changed her world. Being thrust into the midst of the zombie outbreak, Kansas has to get tough quickly. Thank goodness for her that her dad was.....well, let's say prepared. Kansas successfully survives for 4 years by herself and she is quite happy to keep it that way, until a small group of strangers needs her help.

After Kansas helps the group, she faces one terrifying situation after another. The synopsis of thi
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombies
It's been awhile since I've read a book that I enjoyed so much. from the first chapter I was shocked. from the moment that two people in love having a great time at a fair and then zombies start attacking people. brilliant.

Kan the main chick is like able and I was at times on the edge of my sit, waiting to see what happens next.
I cannot wait to get my Hands on the second book.
*Suzy (ereaderuser)*
May 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book had everything I look for in a good zombie thriller. Interesting characters, lots of action, and a good plot. It even had something that I haven't seen in a zombie novel I've read before. I won't say what that something is, so as not to give anything away to those that haven't read it yet.

I'll be reading the next in the series as soon as it becomes available.
Becky Johnson
Dec 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Again I loved this book with its kick ass chick and uniqueness in another zombie apocalypse.
This one however is 4 years after shtf and I actually loved how people are still adjusting and how the zombies changed whether for the good or bad.
Highly recommend this one!!
Kate Mary
May 19, 2014 rated it liked it
My Rating: 2.75

I’m torn when it comes to this book. It started off good for me. It was a bit slow to get going, but I realize that was due to Kansas’ solitude. When she took off, I was a bit confused as to what she was actually trying to accomplish, but it was possible in her emotional state that even she wasn’t certain of that. Once she teams up with Rudy, I really got interested. While there were a few far-fetched aspects of the settlement they visit (I seriously doubt money would ever be used
Carmen Jenner
Review first published at Book Me!

Taking On The Dead begins the way you might expect any post apocalyptic zombie novel, with the beginning of an outbreak. So what's the difference then between Taking On The Dead and other zombie novels flooding the market?
Annie Walls!
Annie manages to make it all too frighteningly believable!
Kansas City Sunshine (yes, you did read that right, but I'll get to the names in a minute) and Malachi roam their local carnival, they're young, they're in love and everythin
Eric Hinrichsen Jr.
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jennifer  Ricketts (Donnie Darko Girl)
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, also posted on my blog, Donnie Darko Girl.

Holy shit balls!! This is so much more than a zombie book. I was completely excited and happy to read this book 'cause I. Love. Zombies. I love dystopian, post apocalyptic stories - I can't get enough. If this had simply been a book about the world ending as we know it due to an outbreak turning millions of people into the undead, I would have been thrilled. But this story w
I bought this book with great expectations. I was so excited to read it, not only for the kick-ass cover but for Kansas herself, a girl able to survive by herself for 4 years, taking down zombies with machetes and cross-bows. Give me more!

However, I was only a few pages in when I knew I was and would continue to be bitterly disappointed. First off, when Harley and co come into it, Kan is all, "hey guys, come on in to my little bunker, no problem." Hello, there has been a zombie apocalypse for fo
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have always LOVE zombies. I often imagine myself during a zombie apocalypes, that is what brought me to this book.

At first i was a bit sceptical about books on zombies. I mean, i always thought zombies belong on tv screen not on books. It was hard to convey the horror and make your readers have that same thrill when they are watching zombie movies.

THis book, however, was great! Our heroine is a great character. She is smart and sassy but not in a bitchy way. She's kind, smart, and gives every
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Annie Walls is an author of dark and urban fantasy. She resides on the Tennessee countryside with her husband, son, and bulldog. Far, far away from society. She’s a romantic and misanthropist. When she is not writing, she is reading.

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