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As They Rise

(Eva #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  454 ratings  ·  60 reviews
Eva was just an everyday girl, working as a waitress, hanging out with her friends, and falling in love. But her world changed overnight when a powerful virus spread throughout the country, transforming it into a wasteland of deadly disease and crazed zombies. With Australia cut off from the rest of the world and rampant with terror and chaos, Eva and her friends must do w ...more
Kindle Edition, 85 pages
Published June 21st 2015 (first published January 1st 2013)
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Norah Una Sumner
"Safety,food,health,friends,freedom-did I ever take a moment to be grateful for any of it?I'm sure I would have, had I known it would end so soon.
But now I knew for sure;everything had changed.We were on our own.
No one would be coming to save us."

Fun,short and fast-paced.The main character is very interesting,I think she's pretty cool.I like the supporting characters,too,but I like Eva the best.The apocalypse happens immediately so we don't really get to know the characters and their lives b
A powerful virus spreads throughout the country, infecting millions and transforming the country into a wasteland of deadly diseased crazed zombies.
Eva and her friends Ben, Jo and Wyatt must do whatever they can to survive.

I love Zombie books. Okay more like obsessed with them. And this one is pretty good. If u love zombie stories and all that gore and blood and running then you will love this one.
This is the 1st book in the Eva Series. 4 stars.
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just read this on wattpad for free and this was a pretty awesome read.

Eva Wilde and her friends all work at a 1950's diner in Melbourne, Australia. When a virus spreads and turns people into zombies, they must do whatever they can to outrun the zombie apocalypse that is taking over. Can they survive and make it to Cairns in one piece? Read this and find out.

This was a pretty good first book of the series. Eva Wilde reminds me of a female Ash from the Evil Dead films. If you guys are a fan of h
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
3,5 Stars

Well written story about a world turning. A nice beginning, enjoyed it a lot.
Anna (RattleTheShelves)
Read for #aroundtheworldin100days challenge - Australia
OH MY GOD IS IT JUST ME OR DOES IT LOOK LIKE "THE RISING", THE FILM THAT CHARLIE FROM "QUEENS OF GEEK" STARS IN? Normally I don't like zombie stories (sue me) but I have to read it now ^^
Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
Amusing in parts (the ones that weren't full of plot holes or weak characterisation), and it gets a bonus star for Melbourne. ...more
Mironiel Blokzyl
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, to-buy
OMGS ASDFGHJKL I LOVE THIS BOOK(and the rest of the trilogy!) I literally read this in less than a day, and then read the other two the next two days. J.M.Wilde is a fantastic author! I would love for this trilogy to be published in a physical book format that I can put on my shelf. Eva is a badass, amazing character, and so are the supporting characters. The romance is perfect, and doesn't detract from the story line. The pacing is just right, and the plot twists and turns so much that by the e ...more
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the story line of this book and so far i'm enjoying the series. The way the author describes the events in the story really get me excited and even makes me feel like i'm actually in the situation the characters are in themselves. I especially love how the main character can get in intense moments yet make it out alive no matter what but the way the situations are described is so phenomenal and i just get so jumpy and i just wonder "will she make it?" and i applaud the author fo ...more
Vivien Kurucz
3 - 3.5 stars
It was enjoyable, but so short. I have a feeling that the entire trilogy could have been made to just one book. So I think I'll continue with the series, it's a quick read (when I'm actually reading).
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
1st read- 9/27/2015-9/29/2015
Re-read- 10/06/2019-10/07/2019
It says a out when i want to read a series more than once!! A MUST READ for zombie lovers!!!

This book is amazing. I 💘 zombie apocalypse books 📚. This story starts out by showing a normal day & then the virus starts taking good of people. The 4 main characters are awesome & they include: Eva, Jo (she's Eva's best friend), Wyatt (Guy Eva loves), & Ben (video gamer & knows about zombies & weapons bc of gaming lol). They all live in Melbour
Boundless Book Reviews
As They Rise is a good start to new series.

Eva and friends find themselves suddenly in a Zombie Apocalypse. Their only hope for survival is to get to a faraway place. They have their fair share of Zombie battles and close calls. There were some things in this story, that I believed could have been left out. I also feel that it could have been longer. It almost felt like it was just the beginning. That was just getting a glimpse before the real story begins.

Because of how short it was, I didn’t r
Jul 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
This was a fun read with a good amount of angst. The writing is good; although the book is a little too short for me to have a coherent opinion. I did wonder at times how they got their survival skills, since they seemed pretty adept for untrained peeps, or is that just an Australian thing? ;)
Justin Robinson
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
One of the essential problems with zombie fiction is that there's so much of it, it's difficult to stand out. As They Rise really has little to recommend it beyond its use of an everywoman protagonist, who is at the very least more compelling than the standard zombie hero. ...more
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Very short traditional zombie story

This is more like the first few chapters, part 1 of a book than book 1 in a series. Traditional zombie virus story & a couple of small spelling /grammar errors
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
this is a really good book, and I'm excited to read the other two, plus the spin off. and it takes place in Australia, which in itself is something I have never seen before. unique and I loved it ...more
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fast Paced

I really enjoyed this book. It was fast paced and flowed really well. I'm about to start the second one.
Becky Mccallum
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
I honestly don't know what the hype was about this book. It was a good book and all but it doesn't give me anything new or exciting. I'll be completely honest I forgot I was reading it a few times 😂😂 ...more
Aubrey Foster
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fun book!!!

Loved this book...very easy and fast read. Can't wait to read book number two. Couldn't stop reading!!! Fantastic! So much fun.
Karyn Buchanan
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
A really faced paced end of the world zombie book that shows the value of friendship and power of true love. I really liked Eva and her friends. Can compare to The Walking Dead.
Cody Evans
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was good its a zombie book
Kerry Paginton
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook, kindle-read
2.5 stars
It's okay. A group of friends who work at a diner are forced to deal with the ZA when a mysterious virus rages through Australia and turns everyone to zombies. ...more
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, read-2020, zombie
fun, although a bit short. it reminded me that I missed Jen Wilde's writing. ...more
Another rating: 5/10

It felt little bit rushed and there is overly too much description but still it get me hooked at the start but after apocalypse started it became extremely boring. There wasn't anything I haven't seen anywhere else, nothing new. Just one zombie cliché scene after one, this just felt like one hell of a bad low budget movie...
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Zombie Lovers, People who like kick-ass women
4.5 stars. This was one heck of an awesome first book!

The book starts off with the zombie apocalypse, but we soon switch to how it all began. How the infection spread, and how our 4 characters (with Eva as the main character) lived their lives before everything, hoping the infection wouldn't spread to their city. I just loved the confession part at the beginning, they really have a chemistry, but I could also imagine why Eva said what she did. And then we switch to the next day, a day that seems
Kat Mandu
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Kat Mandu says...

Like in most zombie scenarios, the character of this book finds herself in a struggle for survival. The short-story is filled with gruesome deaths, high stakes, and plenty of action.

I struggled to come up with a rating for this short story. I was able to read it in one sitting and it was something nice to pick up during the week of Halloween.

However, I wasn’t that impressed with the actual story. I felt like it was just a combination of every zombie movie/book already out there
Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
Eva and her friends thought this day was going to be like any other day at work. But when they noticed that their customers wanted something fleshier than bacon and eggs, that's when they knew their lives were forever changed. Now they have to find a way to get out of town, stick together, and find a safe spot to ride this hell on earth out. But all that seems easier to say than do. Will they survive this deadly rampage that has over taken Australia? Is help coming for them? Or they resigned to ...more
Ben Campbell
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All readers.
Recommended to Ben by: Wattpad
Come on, Zombies? Jen Marie Wilde, whose menu for writing "Eva Wilde Vs. The Zombie Apocalypse," had the perfect measurements for creating exciting mixtures of suspense, intrigue, conflict, comedy and seriousness for readers entertainment. There were many typos throughout the text and a few missing conjunctions, and the readers made comments as to such, but fun and happy comments exuded throughout the story as I read it on That website is for writers and readers, and everything stor ...more
Soobie's scared
I bought this short novella because of its cover. I really liked the colors and the girl with blood splattered all over her face. I also happen to love zombie novel and so I was in. OK, I kept it on my Kindle for seven months but I finally got to it.

First surprise: the novella is set in Melbourne, Australia. [Yeah, dear ol' Soobie didn't read the synopsis with full attention...]

Second surprise: the protagonist is a kick-ass heroine, as I like them. Sure, in the first pages of the novella she rej
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
J.M.Wilde has to be one of my new favorite. The first book of the Eva series touched my heart and set it pounding with adrenaline. Eva is one hell of a badass chick, from having her heart broken by her crush Wyatt to Kicking and Killing zombies heads.

Eva is a character you learn to love along the journey, although her best friend isn't so much lovable in the beginning, she works into your hearts and you see that best friend connection. And then, Wyatt, hot steaming Wyatt, i was taken away by th
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“Safety,food,health,friends,freedom-did I ever take a moment to be grateful for any of it?I'm sure I would have, had I known it would end so soon.
But now I knew for sure;everything had changed.We were on our own.
No one would be coming to save us.”
“I know it feels like the whole world is crumbling around you right now. And I guess in a way it is, with everything else that’s happening. But you know what? It’s okay. It’s okay that you feel numb. It’s okay that you feel like shit. Feel it. Then, once you’ve had enough of feeling that way, you’ll start to move forward. But right now, feel however you want to feel.” 0 likes
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