Barely Alive

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In twelve weeks, seventeen-year-old Paul Ledger will be dead. At least he hopes so.

Paul is trapped in the worst cult the United States has ever seen. Infected with a zombie virus, symptoms culminate in a dead body but thriving mind over a course of twelve weeks. If he doesn't earn the final death he longs for, he'll be chained in a basement facility, moaning for human flesh for eternity.

Sent out to kidnap girls for food, toys, or whatever the...

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Overview

In twelve weeks, seventeen-year-old Paul Ledger will be dead. At least he hopes so.

Paul is trapped in the worst cult the United States has ever seen. Infected with a zombie virus, symptoms culminate in a dead body but thriving mind over a course of twelve weeks. If he doesn't earn the final death he longs for, he'll be chained in a basement facility, moaning for human flesh for eternity.

Sent out to kidnap girls for food, toys, or whatever the boss wants, Paul nabs Heather McCain. He's not a fan of humans as a general rule, but even his graying skin and insatiable hunger for her flesh don't stop her from reaching out to him. Give him the second chance he doesn't know he needs.

Overcome by his cravings, Paul bites her delectable skin. Amazingly, she doesn't develop the zombie-like side effects. When the boss discovers Heather's immunity, he gives Paul an ultimatum - deliver up Heather and her family to continue the research or watch as Paul's brother suffers the zombie fate.

Paul has a chance to endure his short zombie existence knowing his brother is safe. But he'll have to sacrifice Heather to do it.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781475078480
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 3/26/2012
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2014

    Sounds dumb tho

    This book sounds sorta dumb

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2013

    What a concept a zombie but still be able to think and eat regul

    What a concept a zombie but still be able to think and eat regular food too but in huge amounts, that is what Paul finds out once Dominic injected him with the virus he has twelve weeks of his humanity still. When her meets heather and feels something for her and protects her with all he can. he kidnapped her with seven other girls on order of Dominic. when Dominic infects heather too and it seems that she somehow is immune for it, she won't turn.




    Paul goes through loops to escape with her and keep her safe. especially for Dominic who wants her and use her to find a antidote. Something happens that push Paul over the edge he goes in search for help. he has to fight hard between his short attention spans and hunger and lust for heather. Will they survive and stay out of Dominic's claws. go read it! A very good start of the series! Can't wait to read next.




    I received a copy of this book for a honest review.

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  • Posted August 16, 2013

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    Bonnie R. Paulson pens "Barely Alive" in a plot filled

    Bonnie R. Paulson pens "Barely Alive" in a plot filled with fantasy, zombies and romance. A fresh take on the "zombie craze" as we watch the main character, Paul, struggle with his transformation. Between the author's characters  that were well developed and the well written plot, I was captivated with the story line and had a hard time putting the book down. A must read for all zombie lovers.




    This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.

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  • Posted December 20, 2012

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    Even my zombie hatin' co-blogger liked it! Review originally fe

    Even my zombie hatin' co-blogger liked it!

    Review originally featured on the Bookluvrs Haven blog!

    When Erin and I got the invite to join this blog tour, there was no second thought in my mind to jump on this bandwagon. Zombies? Come on! I will read them for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    But then I got the most surprising note from my awesome friend and co-blogger Erin. She thinks it sounds interesting and wants to read it too!

    .......

    WHAT???

    Erin's first zombie novel... sniff sniff... so happy!! I am so glad she liked it!

    Moving on to my thoughts...

    I read Erin's review before posting, and she mentioned ".. told from a teenage boy's point of view" I actually took a mental pause.. A teenage boy? And sure enough, after re-reading the blurb, I realized that Paul was the tender age of 17 years old when he got caught up in this whole mess and turned into what he is. As I read the novel, he seemed so mature and adult to me that I just naturally thought of him as an adult male and forgot the age mentioned in the blurb. He seemed to me to be quite a seasoned soldier, and his survival instincts just screamed maturity and years of experience. But I guess getting injected with a nasty virus that will kill you in a few weeks, and being ordered to do some pretty nasty deeds for the really sadistic guy in charge can age a person.

    I also really enjoyed Heather's character because she is a strong female individual and a survivalist in her own right. In fact, in the middle of this crazy situation she finds herself in in the beginning of this story, she brandishes a knife and threatens Paul. Even when her female girlies are getting eaten by a really dead (and I mean, dead!!) zombie, she, though in obvious shock, fights for her life. How can you not want to take a bite out of her.. errr I mean... like her?

    A little romance adds a little spin to this zombie story, which I usually don't encounter in books of this genre, but was quite enjoyable. Paul's constant internal battle with Heather's flesh, and whether to literally eat it, or kiss it, was pretty comedic for me and added a fun spin to the story.

    What I enjoyed the most about this book was the originality spun into a genre that has its hard coded stereotypes of what zombies are, look and act like. This was not centered around a mindless horde that operates on the most basic of survival modes, looking to fill empty decaying bellies with living human flesh and brains. Yes, ok, there are a couple of those on the side of roads, and shambling in some buildings due to some unfortunate effects of said virus, but Paul is not one of those. He is the pre-dead kind of zombie, that still has his humanity left, and though there are some very familiar zombie like tendencies, his mental and emotional faculties are still in working order. He is believable and a character you want to sympathize with, and even crush on. And I must say, as the story progressed, I am hoping he finds the cure he is wishing for, not just to save the infected of his world, but so that maybe he can get the girl.

    I am happy that I get to continue the series through the generosity of this author who supplied the collection as part of this tour, to read and review. I didn't waste a lot of time getting to the second novel, and looking forward to hitting the third book of the series!

    *I received a eBook copy of this book for free to review from the author; this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.*

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  • Posted November 17, 2012

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    I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest r

    I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This novel is unlike any other zombie novel I have ever read. Paul, although being transformed into a zombie staves off his cravings to save Heather. Although when sent to kidnap the girls, he'd bitten her, somehow she didn't transform. Could she be the key for a cure to save him and those like him? I guess you'll have to read it to find out. This book was awesome and so difficult to put down. It held my attention throughout, I can't wait to read book two to see what happens next.

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  • Posted April 28, 2012

    “Barely Alive” by Bonnie R. Paulson asks “can

    “Barely Alive” by Bonnie R. Paulson asks “can a zombie have a good heart?” This novel, unlike many others of the zombie genre, actually takes the reader to the beginning of the zombie virus and how it started. The main character, Paul, is our zombie with a heart. He has been injected with the virus and only has 12 weeks to live (the typical lifespan for a zombie). When he is sent out by the boss to pick up girls for food, he didn’t imagine that they would come back with a feisty one named Heather, and Heather is about to change things for Paul. She reminds him of his goodness, but that is not the main reason Paul wants to save her. Paul ends up with a huge crush on Heather and wants to protect her at any cost, especially when his boss finds out that she has a natural immunity to the virus.

    I had a hard time getting into this story, I don’t know why. It is well written and interesting. I think it may be due to the fact that we really don’t know a whole lot about Paul or his past. It is kind of hard to sympathize with him. He is funny, especially when he vacillates between wanting to eat Heather and wanting to date her. Heather does have spunk. The creator of the virus, Dominic, is a creep. Everyone is playing their part.

    I think that this book definitely would appeal to the teenage reader. It has an interesting premise. I had read Ms. Paulson’s novel, Into the End, which I thought was very good and perhaps I was hoping that this would move along at the same pace at that novel. This novel takes it time getting warmed up, but don’t let that stop you. Zombie stories are all the rage now, it is nice to get one where you learn the origin of the virus and find a zombie with a sense of humor and chivalry.


    **This book was received for free through Goodreads First Reads. That in no way influenced my review.**

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