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100 Days in Deadland by Rachel Aukes
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it was ok
bookshelves: post-apocalyptic, zombies

The zombie apocalypse occurs, and the biggest problem is, Cash has few skills that are useful. She can't shoot a gun, can't fight, and has nowhere to go. Luckily she bumps into Clutch; veteran, doomsday prepper, and about as prepared for the apocalypse as one can get. Now the biggest challenge isn't surviving the zombies, it's surviving the other humans.
If you like zombie books with action and survival elements you might like it. If you like zombie books with philosophy and interesting in depth characters... yeah, no.

As a sidenote: The connection to Dante's Inferno is tenuous at best. Aukes included a few vague allusions to it that have been blown out of proportion by her marketing

A fairly quick and easy read. The action is pretty good, and there's some interesting elements she's incorporated into it, although there are several points where the main character only survives because of pure blind luck. There's more of a focus on building up fortifications for the long haul than we usually see with zombies, which is interesting, and it's not detailed enough to slow the plot to crawl.
There is a slight romance, but they don't have much chemistry, and it doesn't help that neither character is all that interesting.

I wanted to find the main villain interesting. There are hints and clues to a complicated character who just went too far. But mostly he's just pure evil. I kept waiting for more depths to be revealed and it just didn't happen.

Ultimately I think the biggest problem is, there's just not much emotion. The characters are very stoic in the face of things that would cause the average person to have breakdowns. It makes for a fast pace, but a story that doesn't effect the reader much.

Ultimately, a fun if forgettable read
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Reading Progress

Started Reading
September 12, 2015 – Finished Reading
September 18, 2015 – Shelved
September 18, 2015 – Shelved as: post-apocalyptic
September 18, 2015 – Shelved as: zombies

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