Friday, April 20, 2012

Review: The First Days by Rhiannon Frater (As The World Dies #1)

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  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 7/5/2011
  • Format: eBook 
  • Source: Own 
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Overview

The morning that the world ends, Katie is getting ready for court and housewife Jenni is taking care of her family. Less than two hours later, they are fleeing for their lives from a zombie horde.

Thrown together by circumstance, Jenni and Katie become a powerful zombie-killing partnership, mowing down zombies as they rescue Jenni's stepson, Jason, from an infected campground.

They find sanctuary in a tiny, roughly fortified Texas town.  There Jenni and Katie find they are both attracted to Travis, leader of the survivors; and the refugees must slaughter people they know, who have returned in zombie form. 

Fast-paced and exciting, filled with characters who grab your heart, The First Days: As the World Dies is the beginning of a frightening trilogy.


*Rhiannon Frater's As the World Dies trilogy is an internet sensation. The first two books, The First Days and Fighting to Survive, have won the Dead Letter Award for Best Novel from Mail Order Zombie. The First Days was named one of the Best Zombie Books of the Decade by the Harrisburg Book ExaminerAmericanHorrorBlog calls Rhiannon Frater "a writer to watch."

My Thoughts 

I have been wanting to read this series for a while and now I am wondering why in the world I put it off for so long. The good thing about putting it off is that I don't have a torturous wait for the rest of the books in the series. I am going to just devour them one after another!! I was sucked in at the title of the first section for chapter one!! The first paragraph gave me chills. The goosebumps were already out in full force by the time I was done with the first page!  I just knew this book would blow my mind! This is book is zombies done right!! 

I will start off with Jenni. Dude, this chick is a freaking mess, but totally badass. She is a broken woman and not completely right in the head, but it was so great to see how fighting for survival actually brings out a better stronger side of her. She really thrives in this horrible situation. There is so much complexity to her character. I felt bad for her at times, but then at others I really was kind of glad at some of the things that happened that make her be a stronger person and really find herself finally.  She is so emotionally fragile inside, and I think that taking revenge on the dead is her way of coping and keeping her sanity.

Katie is the tough one at first. She is in absolute emotional turmoil, but the will to survive keeps her strong and in a leadership role. As time passes she seems to fall apart more. She does a good job at keeping it in, but you can see the cracks in her armor. She is a very smart woman, but she really just holds the burden of the world on her shoulders. She has a hard time trying to except that she can't change things and that she has to let go of some of her grief. It's almost as if her and Jenni are switching roles mentally. It's really interesting to see their relationship and how dependent they are on each other. They have such an instant connection and strong bond with each other. They are very different people and that makes them such a good team. 

Then there is Travis and Juan who I totally love. Travis is just made of awesome! He is swoon worthy, takes charge, smart, and very caring. I just love his character. Like Jenni he is a bit fragile on the inside, which makes him that much better. Juan is super funny! I adored him. He is sarcastic, and fun! He really is just trying to make the best of a shitty situation. He is the rugged construction guy who uses sarcasm as a way to masque his fear of what is happening. Both of them are just great characters in their own way, and are also best friends that go perfect together. Juan is a bit rough around the edges, while Travis seems more level-headed. They are both very compassionate, hard working and want the best for everyone though.  

This book is an action filled non-stop struggle to survive!! It is very intense and emotion filled. I felt such a connection with the characters. This book is just so well written. It is not lacking in anything. The plot, the environment, the characters, all of it is described to perfection so you feel like you are there with them. I had goosebumps through most of the book. I was terrified for all of them. I wanted to shoot those creepy ass zombies in the head!! Most of all, I could totally see this type of thing really happening. I know it sounds paranoid of me, but really. Scientists are probably trying to reanimate people as I write this review! It will be a crazy science experiment gone wrong!! I will be ready when it happens! I don't want to have to see creepy tiny fingers of baby zombies reaching under my door! I just love the no nonsense realistic feel of this book, and I am so excited to start on the next one!! If you didn't guess by now, this book gets 5 out of 5 stars!!  

16 comments:

  1. WOHOO. Crazy experiment gone wrong!! Bahaha. That last paragraph rocks my face! And you got Jenni down to a T! Awesome review dollface!!

    FUCK YOU ALIENS

    That is all.

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    1. Hahaha!! I was waiting to see what you would put for a comment. Seriously with the damn scientists though!! You know it's true!! And OMG I so love your face!! Fuck you Aliens!!!

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    2. LMAO!!! You are so awesome!!!

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  2. Well, you know how I feel about zombies. Not sure that I can handle this one!

    But check out my TGIF post -- I am trying a book that you love!

    http://jenryland.blogspot.com/2012/04/tgif-4-book-blogger-influence.html

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    1. Yeah, probably not a series for you, but it is really awesome!! Hopping over to your blog now. :)

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  3. I'm w/Jen. Dearly, Departed is about as zombie as I can get. I love your enthusiasm for this series. Your review is great!

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    1. It's all thanks to Giselle!! She was totally just about shoving these books in my face lol! So glad she did!! I am devouring them I am almost done with the second one already!!

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  4. Dude, after you and Giselle . . . I kind of have to read these books. Because, well-ZOMBIES AND AWESOMENESS.

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    1. DO IT!! OMG seriously, you need to!!

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  5. I need to start this ASAP!! I'm hoping to finish my previous book tomorrow so I can start this one!! Thanks for the great review :D

    -Jac @ For Love and Books

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    1. OMG so good!! I read the second one Fighting to Survive super fast!! I am starting the final one now.

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  6. AWE. SOME. Review. You can just totally feel your enthusiasm for the book. I too was floored with how awesome these books turned out to be. I hope you are enjoying SIEGE!

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    1. Thanks!! I am enjoying it so far. Hopefully I can finish it today. I have my tissues ready!!

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  7. Ok, I am giving in. I am moving this book to the top of my "I must get my hands on this now" list!! I have seen so much about it. The way you talk about it just makes me feel even more excited about it!! I do love when he term "swoon worthy" is used about the characters in a book!! Can't wait to read it!

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    1. I became quickly obsessed with this series thanks to Giselle from Xpresso Reads. I am so glad she pressured me into moving it up my list!

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