The First Days

The First Days

As the World Dies

Book - 2011 | 1st Tor ed.
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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 Examiner . AmericanHorrorBlog calls Rhiannon Frater "a writer to watch."

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.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2011.
Edition: 1st Tor ed.
ISBN: 9780765331267
0765331268
Branch Call Number: FIC FRATER
Characteristics: 335 p. ; 24 cm.
Alternative Title: As the world dies

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habsgirl102174
Mar 18, 2013

This is a fantastic post-apocalyptic zombie series. I have purchased 2 copies of each book in the series to have a good copy that I hope to one day get autographed and a readable copy to take in the tub with me.

Frater's characters are well developed and interesting - She really brings these people to life; so much so that you are actively rooting for some of them as you read...and others, you can't wait to see them bite it so to speak.

I haven't been this impressed with a writer since discovering Pauline Gedge and that is saying a lot!

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bigbearomaha
Sep 03, 2012

This story ended up being better than I thought it would be.

What I expected to be a platform for certain agendas instead ended up being more of a closer look at what really goes on, the small drams that happen when people are face with catastrophe.

The emotional and political junk that we drag with us even in the worst times finds ways to keep the sometimes stupid stuff with us when we should be focused on other things. Like zombies trying to kill us.

I would keep this around as a read again.

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MsJoann
Jun 20, 2012

I love zombie books. This one, however, broke a lot of rules in the zombie apocolypse genre. First, leave babies out of it. Second, zombie books are all about the survivors. We want to see how they deal, how they survive, how they connect with other survivors. By the middle part of this book I was ready for one of the main characters to be thrown off the roof. Is this a zombie book or a book about how hard it is to be a lesbian? Or an abused woman? Or a heartbroken man who is in love with a lesbian? Seriously, it could have been a great book but way too much emotional deluge.

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Poodles
May 30, 2012

Good zombie action but horrible dialogue. Zombie books are my guilty pleasure but they're rarely written well. The best I've read is still World War Z.

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rotating_dog
Feb 29, 2012

If you want to read 300 pages of two women dealing with their relationship and emotional issues, punctuated by the occasional slaughtering of zombies, then this is the book for you. The zombie apocalypse simply provides a cardboard background against which the female protagonists, Katie and Jenni, can explore their emotions for each other and for the men they meet while struggling to survive. There were a few gripping scenes, but mostly this book is bubblegum girl power fiction with undead antagonists. By page 200, I was hoping the zombies would get at least one of them.

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Akeelya
Jan 16, 2012

This is a very good book.....I wouldn't recommend it for pre-teens but from about 16 and above it is ok. It does deal with quite a few "adult" issues though. I loved it and can't wait to read the second book.

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Sadine
Sep 10, 2011

Sooo good! Sucked me right in. Characterisation is fantastic and the story moves along quickly. It is, of course, a zombie novel so prepare yourself for gore.

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