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Dead New World

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  90 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Zombies aren’t mindless anymore.

Before the world fell into chaos, the undead existed only in the imagination. Now, more of them walk the earth than living. Zombies move about freely, while humans entomb themselves inside concrete barricades to stay alive.

All that, while the leader of a powerful cult - known only as Reverend - becomes the next threat to the rebuilding Un
Paperback, 242 pages
Published October 13th 2014 by Curiosity Quills Press
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2.5 stars

I really enjoyed Hill's novel The Book of Bart, but this one just didn't do it for me. It's not that is was badly written, it was just missing all of the humor and irreverence that was tossed around in the other book. And maybe it's only because I expected the same sort of tongue-in-cheek romp that I got from TBoB, that I was so disappointed?
I'm not sure.
This, to me, was just...depressing. And not in the 'I had a good cry after reading this' kind of way. More like the 'why did I bother
Andrea ❤Ninja Bunneh❤
I don't even know where to begin with this one.

First off, cue in insta-love.

Dude gets his leg blown off fighting the undead and falls for his nurse. Dude and nurse get separated after dude dumps her ass in a martyr kind of way. Nurse gets kidnapped by evil dude and hero dude runs off to save her.

Dude is all of about 16 years old, an officer in the military, has a zombie/human hybrid as his bestie and blah blah blah. Nursie is the only one of a large group of people to not be killed by
The world has changed zombies have eaten their way through much of it. Small military fractions try to fight. One young solider tells his story as he battles, watching friends dies, nearly loses his life and has a love moment. He goes back and forth over the land search for zombies to kill or this Reverend who is somehow leading the dead into different camps. His friend is half zombie who seem to have some special skills.
I really wanted to like this I was struggling to keep on track with what wa
Wart Hill
Nov 15, 2014 marked it as gave-up
Shelves: arc2014, netgalley
I received a free ARC via NetGalley

Dnf. When I'm bored during a Zombie attack, it's not a good thing.
Declarations of a Fangirl
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, kindle
*4.5 Stars*
I was given a copy from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

Zombies aren't mindless anymore.

Ryan Hill is a freaking zombie genius.


Another reviewer said that this story was pitched to them as The Walking Dead meets Black Hawk Down. I can totally see it! Dead New World had me hooked from the very beginning. The story follows two best friends, Holt and Ambrose. There is a war being waged between what is left of humanity and a religious madman known as The Reverend who can contro
Krystal Wade
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of zombies, Lovers of Action
I’m not usually a fan of zombie novels. I can count on one finger the amount of books I’ve enjoyed that involve zombies… Warm Bodies. So when I was offered a complimentary review copy of Dead New World, my first instinct was to run and pretend like I was ill so I wouldn’t have to read it. But, whatever, I gave it a shot.

So glad I did. Now I need two fingers to count the amount of zombie books I like.

Dead New World is an action-packed, intense novel that follows the life of two teens as they work
I normally shy away from the young adult genre because, well, I find young adults annoying. The immaturity level is often sky high, the way they speak grates on my nerves and their ideas of problems, when compared to things of importance, really aren't problems at all. When I started reading Dead New World, I was immediately intrigued by these men, these soldiers fighting against an army of zombies. Imagine my surprise to learn that these "men" are actually 16/17 year old boys.

In Hill's Dead Ne
Tina ( As Told By Tina )
I received a copy from author/publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. The following review is my own and will not be affected by this.

When I was first approached to review Dead New World, I was immediately drawn to the cover. Isn’t it spooky? It had me wondering just what on earth is going on in this Dead New World. I have to say, I am not a zombie kind of person at all but I went ahead and decided to read a Dead New World just to see if maybe zombies will finally win me over.

The New World
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I wouldn’t say I’m a fan of the zombie genre in particular, I would say I’m more a horror fan in general. When I saw the cover for Dead New World I was all over it. It’s different and a bit creepy. (To be honest, even though I had seen it small, when I accidently opened the book on my computer, and the cover popped up huge, I was a bit freaked out. Closed that sucker out fast. :) )

Then I read the blurb and thought this is going to be a different kind of zombie story. I must read.

So I did.

The boo
Michelle Leah Olson
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Chelle:
*Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review

--Actual rating 3.5 skulls

Dead New World was pitched to me as Black Hawk Down meets The Walking Dead so I was really excited to give it a try.

In a world overrun by the walking dead, humanity is trying to get back to a sense of normal, but normal isn't possible when not only are there are infinitely multiplying zombies afoot, but a religious zealot who can mysteriously control the dead doing what
Pippa Jay
May 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, zombie
I was given an ARC for my honest and unbiased review.

What I liked.
I have to start by saying I have limited experience with zombies of any kind. I'm not a fan of the traditional Hollywood-type zombie apocalypses, so a twist on that had more appeal for me and certainly worked in giving the story that extra edge. Ambrose fascinated me - the whole idea of a human-zombie hybrid. I loved the idea of the Reverend and the quasi-religious fanaticism. It's also rare to have a handicapped hero, and I felt
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).

(This review may contain spoilers).

I’ve noticed that zombies are becoming the ‘new’ thing… not over-used in the same way as vampires, demons and werewolves, but they’re certainly becoming more common than they used to be.

I did find this book a really well-written, easy read. I liked the fact that the book started after the whole zombie apocalypse, so I was able to see how humans were dealing with the infection. The issue with that, o
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Dead New World is a cool mash-up of military action, zombie horror, and evolution. It's a fresh premise rooted in an easily visualized world where bio-engineered zombies have taken over and survivors must join military efforts to fight against them. I love the twist where the villain known as the Reverend has a connection with the walking dead that allows him to communicate and control them. And that's not all, there are certain survivors who are strong enough to fight the infection from a zombi ...more
Shawna The Crazy Bookseller
Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: zombies
This was a different take on the whole zombie genre and I enjoyed it. Ive only read a few books where there is someone who can control the zombie masses. That takes the book in a new direction then what you probably know. There is still all the zombie genre regulars that you have grown to love, with a slightly different twist.

But there were a couple times where I was getting mad at the characters. Like one time when they had to leave their cars behind and didn't bring the machete. Why would you
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, zombies
After the Tribulation, the dead got up and walked the Earth. Stanley Holt is a 16-year-old new recruit fighting zombies. This is a good zombie book. It is scary, exciting and well-written. There is a madman who can control the zombies, which is different and interesting. And also a half-human, half-zombie hybrid which is also different than the usual zombie books that I've read. 4 stars.
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Dead New World brought about components from old zombie occult information and mixed it with it’s own unique splash of ingenuity. The zombie outbreak has come and gone and is now a common part of everyone’s lives. People are so deranged by their circumstance that they are willing to follow a man who claims that it is “God’s will” that he lead the zombies and man alike into a new world. Not to mention, in Hill’s version of the z
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adventures Of A Zombie Super Soldier

The world has gone crazy. No one knows how or why the Tribulations started or what happened during the beginning really... But what is know now is that there is a disease that creates zombies and the Reverend seems to be able to control them somehow. He believes the zombies are God's new plan and the have been Chosen to rule the world. Now all young people must fight zombies for 9 years in the Army starting at 16. Not many make it to retirement... And few of t
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
In a dead new world, boys are trained and sent to the front line at the young age of 16. Most knowing they won't see the end of their first week out of training end. For two young privates Holt and Ambrose-their very first night on the front line nearly took their lives and left them as the only survivors of their squad. A night that changed them both forever. Holt losing a foot and Ambrose becoming diseased. But survive they did and quickly they found themselves moving up in rank as the war pro ...more
The Suburban Eclectic
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: zombie, dystopia
I liked this take on the zombie apocalypse. It’s very unique and I thought the element of zealotry interesting and the wounded warrior angle compelling. Unfortunately the execution left me a bit wanting. DNW has good bones, but needs to a bit of life support.
Sandra "Jeanz"
Sep 25, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm a little apprehensive about this one, I mean I love post apocalyptic and dystopian books but zombies are still relatively new to me. I do have high expectations as I am wondering/hoping this book is as good as the Vaempires by Thomas Winship Series.

I received an e-copy of this book directly from the publishers Curiosity Quills Press in exchange for my honest review. The cover shows one of the main characters in the book, Amrose, who is kind of half human and half zom
Amie's Book Reviews

Author: Ryan Hill

Type of Book: eBook

Genre: Zombie Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic Fiction, Young Adult Fiction

Length: 242 pages

Release Date: October 14, 2014

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

* I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Ambrose and Stanley are best friends. They also happen to be seventeen years old and have been drafted into the army. The army's goal is to rid the world of zombies. Teenagers are drafted into the ar
Oct 09, 2014 rated it liked it
RATING: 3.5 stars

**This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for my honest review**

I'd classify this book at a YA paranormal, dystopian read. Dead New World is a story of a world of zombies versus human and lo and behold, the zombies are in the majority. Our main characters, Holt and Ambrose, are military soldiers that are pretty much indentured to the government (or drafted) due to low human populations and the high need for combat forces.

The book is action packed right from the s
Candice Carpenter
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The world is in ruin after the Tribulation (the infection outbreak). If you are in the young adult age bracket and still "alive" you serve in the military. Your daily routine is to go out and annihilate any "dead meat" in your path.

This is where we find our main characters and best friends Holt and Ambrose.

Part of the problem, besides the obvious, in this day and time is an egomaniac dubbed The Reverend who believes the infection is God's way of choosing the rightful heirs to ruling the World. W
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
* * * * * 5 Star Review.

It’s happened the zombie apocalypse has hit the world only these zombies have a leader named the Reverend who thinks God has created a new world with the zombies and humans should get with the program. Somehow he’s able to control the zombies and uses them to attack humans to take over the world. He believes its divine intervention that the zombies are growing in numbers while the humans are quickly becoming out numbered.

Ambrose and Holt have been best friends since they
Dec 04, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dead New World was an odd choice for me. I like zombie movies, but I've never been much for zombie lit and while I've enjoyed titles like Mortality and End Dayz in the past, I'm convinced my decision to pick up Ryan Hill's work had more to do with the void left by the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead than it did anything else. Still, a book is a book and books are what I do.

For the record, this piece had several elements I really enjoyed. The militaristic society Hill crafted from the remna
Lori Murray
I was asked if I would like to read and review this book by the writer and publisher. Even thou I am not a zombie fan I decided I would go ahead and try it, since it sound interesting. I really wish I could have enjoyed it but I just couldn't. I liked both Holt and Ambrose, and enjoyed their friendship and that's want really made me want to love the story. The reason I only gave it 2 stars instead the 3 I was thinking of giving it at first is because I didn't care for Nancy and I hated happened ...more
I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Not quite 4 stars.

I love all things zombie but it's so hard to find a good zombie book. I thought this book was a nice change from the typical zombie infestations you see or read about. When Ambrose is bitten and doesn't completely change, it creates a fresh new scenario for the zombie genre. It also introduces the social stigma and bigotry Ambrose experiences because, while he's not a fully turned zombie and
Jenni Crawford
Jun 26, 2016 rated it liked it
***Review has been gifted in exchange for my honest opinion and on behalf of Kats Book Promotions/ Katsindiebookblog.*** This is not my typical read with it involving zombies, but I gave it a shot anyways. I’m so use to the same typical portrayal of zombies on TV so I was impressed when this wasn’t your usual. It brought upon a new unique outlook on the world. In the beginning you are sucked into major action going on, which keeps you with a relatively fast paced book the rest of the way. Holt a ...more
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ryan Hill has officially become my new ZOMBIE author. He has taken an old story and made it new with a twist I never thought about. What if you took a person who could not become fully zombie? Unlike other authors there is no perfection to it just you either turn into a full zombie or you become a half breed and with the half breed you live in fear of both sides. This story also gives you a story of true friendship, what it can endure and what true friends are willing to go through for each othe ...more
Bob Platypire
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an HONEST review*

This was a well paced zombie book, something I don't always find to be true. The characters were well written, and I felt their pain, their sorrow. And there IS sorrow! One scene in particular brought me to tears! There were a few others that tugged at my heart strings, but that one, man. It was a killer. Not to make this book sound all mushy, or anything like that, because it's not! There was a lot of action, a lot of heart poundi
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Growing up, Ryan Hill used to spend his time reading and writing instead of doing homework. This resulted in an obsession with becoming a writer, but also a gross incompetence in the fields of science and mathematics. A graduate of North Carolina State University, Ryan has been a film critic for over five years. He lives in Raleigh, NC, with his dog/shadow Maggie. Ryan also feels strange about ref ...more

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