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This Plague of Days, Season 1

(This Plague of Days #Season 1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  788 ratings  ·  82 reviews
An autistic boy + elements of The Stand + 28 Days Later = A haunting protagonist versus the Running Dead

Jaimie Spencer is a strange autistic boy caught in a fight for survival as the Sutr-X virus spreads across the United States. While governments lie to their citizens to quarantine victims and isolate cities, the inexorable mind virus brings civilization as we know it to
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ebook, 300 pages
Published June 17th 2013 by Ex Parte Press
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Rhonda I love reading about zombies, plagues, alien attacks and dystopian societies, but never, never, never would I want any of that stuff to happen in the …moreI love reading about zombies, plagues, alien attacks and dystopian societies, but never, never, never would I want any of that stuff to happen in the real world.
I don't know why it interest me so much, maybe my life looks great in comparison to what the people in the books must live on a daily basis.(less)

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Rhonda
I was quite amazed at the different thoughts which this book produced. The writing is all over the place--sometimes too much, sometimes too little and sometimes just the right amount of information. I was looking for a zombie book but this turned into much more, especially as the different seasons reveal more of the story line.
At first, I found reading the book quite a chore, and now that I'm in the second season I want to read it everyday to find out what happens as it's creepiness has grown o
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Stacy
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Apocalyptic tales aren't my typical read, but I was definitely hooked on this one! This is one of those stories that I kept thinking about when I was away from it. The story follows the family of a boy with autism as a virus wipes out much of the population.

I quickly grew to love the characters and wanted to know what was going to happen to each of them. Even the kooky old neighbor who was looking more suspicious and ominous with each new page. I don't want to give too much away, but this story
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Susan
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This Plague of Days Season One is a definite "READ ME NOW" book! Very well written with a gripping story with a cast of exceptional characters.

A virus has wiped out most of the world's population. Those left are fighting for survival. There are good guys and bad guys and some of the good guys are bad guys.

The virus has mutated in England and is headed across the sea to the United States.

Read the book to find out the rest!! Season Two is due out in Sept.,2013---- but is not on Amazon yet. :-(
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Katherine
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
The book was short and it didn't seem like it had much going on throughout the story. I found the characters boring. The book is all over the place, sometimes there was too much/little information was given.

I was looking for a zombie book but its not really one, the only connection to zombies is that they freed on the living. There is virus that has wiped out most of the world's population, and obviously those left are fighting for survival. I found reading the book quite a chore to get through
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Kimberly
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys the apocalypse genre
I loved this book! It was so worth the small price I paid to read it! I am somewhat new to the "zombie" genre, but this book is sooo much more than just a zombie book. For starters it is not your typical zombie at all. They only get this title in that they feed on the "living". It starts out with a "man made" flu that is tearing up the world. Sutr X virus. We focus on a group of scientist overseas who are trying to find a cure for this flu that is just laying waste to everything. Not much hope o ...more
Jordanna East
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I think this storyline is brilliant. It’s not your cliched, run-of-the-mill zombie apocalypse story. It’s character driven. It’s cerebral. It’s awesome. The first episode of This Plague of Days is the perfect balance of back story, anecdotes, and the events of the present crisis. Jaime, the main character, is fantastically written and surprisingly well thought out. His diagnosis on the Autism Spectrum (formerly known as Aspergers), combined with his synthesesia (seeing emotions as color-auras) i ...more
Mark Gannon
First review of 2020.

Overall, this wasn't a bad read, and I did have moments of enjoyment from it. The inclusion of a teenager with autism as a main character was a unique and interesting choice, and seeing the world through his eyes was often an entertaining few pages.

However, this book did suffer from a few setbacks. One was the pacing. At times, the momentum started to build up like a roller coaster reaching the high point before a fall, but then it slacked off and the book slowed down to a c
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Marcus Gavin
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable, in it's own way. It did drag on a bit in places. Four stars ...more
Lucy
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read as February’s pick for the End of the World Reading Club - so glad I joined this subscription because I would have never chosen this book myself and it was great! Definitely getting the second in the trilogy and I never usually continue a series so that’s a good sign. I think parts of this were a bit slow but it seems like this book was mainly setting up for the big adventure that will happen in the next instalment. Exciting!
Katherine
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not great, could be worse

I absolutely HATE zombie stories. That being said, I found this book to be somewhat better than the average zombie story. However, it also left a lot to be desired. Cliffhangers suck, and books that consistently hint of things to come, but don't follow through suck even more. That's all I have to say -- definitely NOT buying the next one in the series.
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Bill Thibadeau
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Call me Jaimie as I also needed my dictionary whilst reading this book. Read the book to understand this statement.

My first experience with this author. I believe this to be a psychological apocalyptic story. I rated it at 4 stars because the story bogged down and then sucked me in. I didn't know if if wanted to stop reading or stay up all night to finish it. I decided the story was well crafted and the author devilishly bright. I ended to see how the story unfolded. Now I have two more books in
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Donna
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok, so I stayed up all night reading this, and I mean until early this morning. That is a can't put down book.
The writing is so good, dispite the spelling, typos and grammatical errors that were less in this omnibus edition than in episode one alone. I so love the relationship between the boy and his father. The way the father talks to Jaimie about the shame he has about his past, well, it is a story within a story. Jaimie's viewpoint is very interesting too, and you can see each person clearly
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Erica Dawson
This was one of the earliest things I had on my to-read list. I remember choosing it because I like apocaplyptic/semi-zombie stories (but dislike actual undead zombies) and I'd never read a story with a protagonist who was autistic. I wanted to branch out.

One of the plusses is how the author writes Jaimie, who is an autistic 16-year-old boy and also a savant. The way he links words, both English and Latin, with the events going on around him, whether he truly understands them or not, was more cl
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Cesley Travis
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've never written a review anything like this one!!!!!!

I've never written a review a book before I've finished it unless it's just too horrible to continue. Not so with THE PLAGUE OF DAUS, I can't wait to get to the next page. Chute has a brillintly beautiful style where the words for flawlessly like water in a stream with no obstacles. The autistic main character, Jaime, looks the world in such a unique way, that there is yet another layer to the already rich story telling. It is brilliant, de
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Jon Grafton
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the best zombie book I have read since World War Z. Unlike WWZ, written as a post-apocalyptic oral history from a worldwide perspective, this book is an excellently crafted third person immersion into the nuanced life of a single American family. The writing is crisp and has an excellent rhythm. I really appreciated seeing how the Spencer family, a "typical" suburban household consisting of mother, father and two teenage kids, each process the psychological realities of the "flu" pandemi ...more
Emily
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Plague of Days - 2/5
By Robert Chazz Chute

I found this book very easy to read, however I found myself more interested in the events that occurred in England than that of the main character in America.

This book had a very intriguing premise to it, the main character being 'a strange autistic boy' who is trying to survive in a global pandemic. I felt that this was definitely something different and could have been done so much better. I was definitely not a fan of the derogatory slurs used to
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NightReader
Jan 06, 2018 rated it liked it
This wasn't exactly a zombie story, but I suspect that the sequel will be one.

This was a pandemic story, starring Jaime (an autistic boy who can see the germs spread) and his family. His parents make so many mistakes, I'm surprised anybody survives. But, their struggles through the pandemic were interesting.

Meanwhile, in what was kind of a side story, some nutty terrorist lady is overseas creating zombies.

I don't know that I'll read the sequel. I might just leave this as a fairly good pandemic
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Ange
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excellently engrossing story that's perfect for the lover of prepper fiction

I started reading this book on Friday and now here, on Sunday night, I realize that I've fallen under the authors thrall. I trusted him when he said in the introduction to ignore the dishes in the sink, and have settled in to witness his story.
If you're a prepper that loves the English language and delight in succinct phrasing and vivid description, this is the book for you.
Please schedule accordingly because it's d
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Debra Omiatek
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Viral Plague Ends Modern World

A different viral end to the modern world. Vaccines and modern medicine appear powerless. Governments fall keeping citizens in the dark. Modern man appears to be a selfish entity. The key players are developed and interesting. Everyone seems unprepared for a system breakdown. A conspiracy to end the world order appears to be the underlying reason for the viral pandemic. A good story line with exploration of human beliefs and motivations. A little disappointing it en
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Jade Wilson
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure what I was expecting with this book. I've read so many zombie books and apocalyptic stories I was just hoping to be entertained for a while. It was different. People were full charecter who don't always agree or get on. There were twists I was nor expecting and horrors that will leave me thinking of the story for a long time after. It has all the marks of a great story filled with the horrible things people don't talk about. The things that dig deep into your brain and last years. I ...more
Constance Guillory
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Could Really Happen

I loved this book! I especially liked Jaime. He is awesome and if he ever starts talking he will probably be the saving grace for the rest of the survivors since he can see the auras of everyone. Also, I think Anna will be a force to be reckoned with too. While reading this book it was a flu epidemic going on here. And it freaked me out. I'm wondering if the book is coming true.
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Patricia Kaniasty
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful!! Fantastic!! Amazing!! Did I mention that it was ok too. LOL. Read the entire book in 1 day. Could not put it down. It read like a history of what is going on right now with a little Stephen King thrown in. This has been by far the best book that I have read in several years. My wish.....to have an autographed hardcover copy for my personal collection and library. This story should be made into a movie.
Michelle
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A stones dream book

If you have synesthesia than there is finally a book that has a character you can relate to on that level. It is refreshing to see a main character who also interacts with and uses colors the way I do. This is a good book and worth the time to read. I highly recommend! I will be reading the rest of this series!
Christine
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Surprisingly insightful

When I started reading this book, I thought the writing clumsy and clichéd, especially as I have aspergers myself. However the further I read the more I can appreciate the depth of the authors character building and insight. In short I'm glad to be proven wrong.
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Jessica
Jul 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Enjoyable writing style and interesting characters (but not too much growth yet). What holds this novel back is the two distinct plots/povs. One shows the world experiencing a killer plague and the other zombies. That would be fine if they were in some way intertwined or connected. As it is, it feels like two different novels with some similar themes.
Tesann51
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great read!!

The author does a fantastic job telling a great zombie story. I always have an issue with undead ( they just CANT have the energy budget ). The way these are very real portraid deal with that. The characters are excellent, I just love Jaime. I read this book in 1 day. Read this book you won't be disappointed!!
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Angie Garcia
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Second time

Bought the complete series once, couldn't find it and had to buy it again. That alone has to tell how good the story is. It will forever change your view on autistic children. I'm old and my memory is not very good anymore and that's another reason I'm reading this series again. I couldn't forget the thoughts of the boy though.
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Lorraine
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book!

If you love Zombie stories, this series is for you! An epic tale of a Zombie outbreak, from the man who sent it loose on his own family, to the people he meets. Of course, the people who take advantage of those weaker, and just trying to survive.
Susan
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This Plague

What a really well written, exciting, thought provoking and believable characters story! Absolutely love the way this author plays with words like they are building blocks to make one of the best book I have read. Wish there were more than 5 stars.
David Watson
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fantastic read!

No prepper nonsense here. A wonderful Apocalypse book that spends time fleshing out characters and plot. And the zombies barely make an appearance. that bit of fun comes in book 2!
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