Friday, June 6, 2014

Review: Zombie Tales from Dead Worlds by Rhiannon Frater

  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/25/2014
  • Source: eARC provided by the author for review
Purchase: Amazon | B&N

…ZOMBIES, INFECTED, DEADERS, BLIGHTERS…

Zombie Tales from Undead Worlds contains three exhilarating short stories and three white-knuckle novelettes set in alternate versions of an Earth inhabited with frightening variants of zombies to haunt your waking hours and fill your nightmares.

In The Blanket, a little boy hides as the end of the world enters his home…
In The Scavengers, two unique survivors struggle to carve out a life for themselves while being threatened by the most frightful beings of all: humanity…
In The Building, a teenage girl lives in a walled-in neighborhood and hopes to escape to the luxury of the high-rise apartment building that towers over it. But to reach it, she must risk the Deaders that roam the streets…
In The Necromancer, a Cleric must deal with hordes of the destructive undead as they threaten a settlement in a futuristic world…
In The Race, seven friends scramble to reach the safe zone while evading the dangers of the murderous Blighters and each other…
In The False Start, a young couple is torn apart as the undead plague begins to take hold of Austin, Texas…

Award-winning author Rhiannon Frater creates vivid new stories set in alternate worlds where people face nightmarish creatures that only desire one thing: to destroy the living.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22025932-zombie-tales-from-dead-worlds?from_search=true

My Thoughts

As all of you probably already know, I am a huge Rhiannon Frater fan. I am always excited about her next book and can't wait to dive in as soon as possible. Her zombies are amazingly scary and awesome, so I knew these stories would leave me with chills. I am also a fan of short stories. I know a lot of people aren't, but when they are good like these are, it's fabulous to get the enjoyment out of reading something quick!

The first story is The Blanket, which is very short, but sets the creepy tone for the book. I loved the little boy and how he perceived what was going on. It totally gave me the chills thinking about this little boy in his bed hearing the zombies in the house and attacking his family.

The next is The Scavengers. This was a unique and really cool story. Totally creepy too. The zombies can actually think and go about somewhat normally. Patsy was quite a character. She likes to look very made up and pretty, and wants nothing but a normal life with a family. Her husband will do anything to make her happy. It's sweet while still being a messed up zombie tale.

The Building is definitely a survival story. A community has built up a wall to reinforce them to keep the zombies out. They have mostly what they need inside, but there is a building that looms outside their safe haven where they think they could go to be safe and have everything they need. Letty's mother was working in the building, so she thinks that if they can make it there, they can be together as a family again. The zombies in this one are scary. They are fast and in hordes. I loved being along on the journey to see what she would find if she got there.

 The Necromancer is about different groups. Each one has something that benefits the other so they can help each other out. Only there are secrets, and selfish power-hungry people. I really enjoyed this one a lot.

The Race was a story that was very high intensity. It goes from being in the action to what happened before the event started. It kept me on the edge of my seat wondering if the group, or any of the group at all would make it to safety. I loved the way this story was written. I felt like I was holding my breath the whole time.

The False Start is the last story in the book and I thought that it was fantastic. A woman scorned who thinks her loser of a boyfriend is lying to her about being in the hospital. That is until she ends up right in the middle of the zombie apocalypse and starts to think that maybe he wasn't lying to her at all. Also, it makes me need to read The Living Dead Boy since it's connected to that novel. That is one of the novels of Frater's that I have not read yet.

Overall, this was a really great short story collection. All the stories in it were so unique and different that it was like reading a mini book with each one. I was able to feel for the characters even in the short time that I was in their world. I think that this collection is a must read for zombie fans and fans of this author. It is a treasure trove of awesome that needs to be found by readers of all kinds!



*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation. 

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