Friday, September 30, 2011

Review - The First Days (As The World Dies: A Zombie Trilogy #1) by Rhiannon Frater

Title: The First Days (As The World Dies: A Zombie Trilogy #1) (Amazon)
Author: Rhiannon Frater
Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
Release Date: 2011 (first published in 2008)
Pages: 335
Genre: Y/A
Source: Library

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."

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. (Goodreads)

Kim’s Take – I absolutely love post-apocalyptic books and this one was excellent! It was actually the first zombie related book I have read. I was disappointed when I got to the end and didn’t have the next two books to read right away. Of course, I ordered them instantly. I have to know what happens!

The book takes right off from the first page with Jenni trying to escape from her husband and two sons. Her husband had been bitten the night before without them knowing what was about to happen. Jenni awakens to find her husband eating her toddler.

Katie is in town waiting to go into work when she is attacked and manages to escape. Fleeing home to her wife, she arrives only to find that her wife has already been infected. Katie happens to run across Jenni who is trying to escape her own family and they set off not knowing where they are going or what they will find. Nowhere is safe.

Along the way, they meet up with an older couple who live in a fortified hunting equipment store. Ralph and Nerit have systematically taken out their small town of zombies from their rooftop and welcome Katie and Jenni to stay. But they have a mission to get to Jenni’s stepson who is at away at camp. They learn of a settlement of survivors in a small Texas town and barely make it alive. These survivors have gone to amazing lengths to protect themselves. And all without any guns.

This was just one of those books that is almost all non-stop action. I loved that the main characters are two women who are strong enough to survive despite all of the emotional baggage they each carry with them. Katie is bi-sexual and feels an instant connection to Travis though she can not get over the death of her wife. Jenni does not seem to miss her husband, who appeared to be emotionally and physically abusive, but misses her children terribly. She was the character who changes most throughout the story.

I’d highly recommend this to anyone who is into post-apocalyptic or zombie stories. I can’t wait to get the other two and will let you know how the story unfolds!

Kim’s Rating – 5/5


  1. Ohhhhh I've never heard of this book!! I'm virtually running to Amazon now to check it out ;)

  2. WOAH! Never heard of this book but the cover just grabs me! Thanks for th review! I so need to get this!

  3. I had never heard of this at all! LOL But I'm really not into this kind of books. I'm glad you liked them so much, though! you make them sound awesome.