100 Days in Deadlandby Rachel Aukes
(Part 1 of the Deadland Saga: A journey through Dante's Inferno with a shambling twist.) In one day, the world succumbed to a pestilence that decimated the living. In its place rose a new species: vicious, gruesome, wandering zombies with an insatiable hunger for the living. There is no government. No shelter. No hope. Still in her twenties, Cash has
(Part 1 of the Deadland Saga: A journey through Dante's Inferno with a shambling twist.) In one day, the world succumbed to a pestilence that decimated the living. In its place rose a new species: vicious, gruesome, wandering zombies with an insatiable hunger for the living. There is no government. No shelter. No hope. Still in her twenties, Cash has watched her friends die, only to walk again. An office worker with few survival skills, she joins up with Clutch, a grizzled Army veteran with PTSD. Together, they flee the city and struggle through the nine circles of hell, with nothing but Clutch's military experience and Cash's determination to live. As they fight to survive in the zombie inferno, they quickly discover that nowhere is safe from the undead...or the living. 100 Days in Deadland is a journey through the first poem in Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy, the classic tale on the horrors of hell... zombie apocalypse style!
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Rachel Aukes was raised on a farm in Iowa where she boasted the small town's largest (and only) comic book collection, and she's still addicted to stories starring characters with kickassitude. When not writing, Rachel flies old airplanes in the American Midwest with her awesomely supportive husband and caters to an incredibly spoiled sixty-pound lap dog.
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I really enjoyed this book. I'm not much into zombies, but this was well done. Story: A lot of people have mentioned that there is nothing new with the story premise. I would agree, but the author uses the typical zombie conventions to great effect, and without making the book feel cliched. The references to Dante's Inferno are apt, and add to the story, too. Even if you haven't read the Inferno, you don't need to to enjoy the story. Cash is a strong heroine. Clutch grew on me. I wasn't crazy about Jase or any of the other minor characters, but they were good enough and kept the story engaging. My only complaint with the story was that the ending was a bit anti-climactic. The final confrontation wasn't too believable, either. But then again, if you consider the Inferno, it works on a deeper level. Despite this, the story was solid and it delivered at all the major points. Writing: Very well written. Superbly written, actually. Not a single typo in the book, and the writing style is perfect for this type of book. There were a few phrases that made me cringe though ("My brow rose", "Clutch narrowed his eyes"), but these were forgivable because they were so few. I would also say that some of the dialogue is a little cliched and could have been a bit more original, but there were only a few lines that really stuck out at me. Complaints aside, this really is one of the best written books I've read this year. Kudos to both the author and editor of this novel, and this book is a testament that there are inidies who can publish books on the same level of traditional publishers. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes zombie books, and to anyone who doesn't. The book is just that good. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
The zombie outbreak has reached Iowa. For Cash, she gets to first experience it at work. As she flees and learns to survive in this new realm, we are taken through the 9 realms of Hell, with zombies. A vividly detailed, action packed narrative helps drive this story while the characters learn and adapt to each other, their environment, and ever changing circumstances. Elements of mystery, horror, drama, and even hints of romance help to bind this tale and the characters. Characters are varied, emotional, authentic, often stubborn, and very adaptable. Overall, a thrilling read.
100 Days in Deadland turned out to be an action packed emotional roller-coaster ride through a zombie infested hell. Aukes writing style and main characters reminded me much of Jesse Petersen of the Married with Zombies series. If I had one I would put this in a easy listening category because there was nothing that disturbed my soul like some zombie stories can. While following Cash, a twenty something that somehow stayed alive long enough to meet up with Clutch, and ex-military doomsday prepper. As often happens, the military swoops in and tries to keep some order and to govern/create the society that is left. Then all the military higher-ups start measuring there, well, you know, with Clutch and hell, or zombies, literally breaks loose. There was not a dull moment, Aukes was able to keep me interested with comedy, action, heartbreak, zombies, happiness, distress, a great villain, and more, all the essentials for a great story. I am looking forward to the next book in this series. Audiobook provided for review by Rachel Aukes and downloaded from Audible Please find this complete review and many others at audiobookreviewer dot com
When I saw the cover for 100 Days in Deadland and learned that it was a trip through Dante’s Inferno with a zombie twist, I knew I had to read this book by Rachel Aukes. Using first person voice, Aukes pulls the reader into this journey through the eyes of Mia Ryan, aka Cash. Cash just manages to escape her office with a coworker when the zombie apocalypse occurs. But on the highway, zombies, referred to as zebs, attack their escape vehicle. A miracle occurs and Cash finds herself in a truck with Clutch, a hardened Army Ranger who has no intentions of letting Cash stay with him since he sees her more as a hindrance than help. Determined to prove Clutch wrong, Cash finds the strength to become a survivor and not a victim of circumstance, which I just loved about her. Cash is willing to do whatever it takes to live in this strange new world. I also loved Clutch. Even though he’s gruff, his military experience is ideal for a survival situation. I especially enjoyed the scene in which Clutch teaches Cash fighting techniques. Aukes has a graceful and vivid writing style and masterfully writes snappy dialogue that draws you further into this story. The zeb fighting scenes are so well crafted and pulse pounding that you feel like you are fighting along side of Cash and Clutch. A thought-provoking story, 100 Days in Deadland is a one woman’s journey through hell that should not be missed. I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of an honest review for The Jeep Diva. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Book Review: 100 Days in Deadland August 16, 2013 Rating: 4.5 ¿Title: 100 Days in Deadland Author: Rachel Aukes Genre: dystopian/zombie apocalypse ¿Review: The world is ending. Zombie style. 100 Days in Deadland, written by Rachel Aukes, is based off of Dante's Inferno. In the Inferno, Dante journeys through several layers of Hell. While Cash (the main character in 100 Days in Deadland) doesn't actually journey through Hell, she might as well have. The story opens up with Cash trying to fend off a zombie. A strange disease has overtaken mid west America and those infected become zombies. Cash is saved by Clutch, a truck driver who offers Cash an escape from the infested town. As I am sure you have figured out, Cash is Dante and Clutch is Virgil from Inferno ¿(Virgil guides Dante through Hell.) The novel is divided into sections to represent the layers different layers of Hell as depicted in Inferno. In each section, Cash comes across the respective sins for each layer (ie. malice, lust, violence, greed.) If you like kick-butt zombie killing scenes, then rest assured ¿100 Days in Deadland has plenty of that. The situation seems hopeless: the zombie to people ratio is not in favor to the humans. You can contract the disease by getting bit, scratched or touching the blood and saliva of the infected. The power is unstable, food is scarce for most people and there is no help on the way. It's every man (or woman) for himself or herself). Luckily, Clutch is well prepared and has stocked up on survival supplies. Even though he is reluctant to take Cash under his wing, he does so and Cash is determined to prove Clutch she is a tough survivor. Later on, a kid named Jase joins the gang. The trio gets along fairly well. They're trying to gather enough supplies to last the winter. Although doing raids of nearby farms and venturing into towns are dangerous, they're needed if they want to have medicine, food, water, weapons and such. Unfortunately, they meet the Dogs on one particular raid. The Dogs are the nickname Cash gave the men who work for a mysterious guy named Doyle. Although Doyle is supposedly under the command of the military, he plays by his own rules. The fact that apparently Cash, Clutch and Jase have offended the Dogs doesn't help their situation. Pretty soon, it's not just zombies they have to keep an eye out for, but also the Dogs. ¿The characters were definitely likable and each had their own distinct personality. I felt like I could really connect to Cash and I grew fond of Jase and Clutch as well. The pacing was pretty good (I was never bored) and each chapter brought on a new twist to the plot. As I said before, 100 Days in Deadland is a parallel story to Inferno. In a way, I wish I'd read Inferno before this book because I'm sure there were some connections between the two stories that I missed. Alas, I only had time to read the Sparknotes version of Inferno. Luckily, Aukes provides an afterwards that point out some of the parallels. Likes: *I love retellings of old myths/fairy tales *there were some humor *the action was nonstop Dislikes: *The ending kind of left me hanging...I flipped the last page back and forth and was kind of like "wait...that's it?" ¿