Dying to Live: Life Sentence

Dying to Live: Life Sentence

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by Kim Paffenroth

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At the end of the world a handful of survivors banded together in a museum-turned-compound surrounded by the living dead. The community established rituals and rites of passage, customs to keep themselves sane, to help them integrate into their new existence. In a battle against a kingdom of savage prisoners, the survivors lost loved ones, they lost innocence, but


At the end of the world a handful of survivors banded together in a museum-turned-compound surrounded by the living dead. The community established rituals and rites of passage, customs to keep themselves sane, to help them integrate into their new existence. In a battle against a kingdom of savage prisoners, the survivors lost loved ones, they lost innocence, but still they coped and grew. They even found a strange peace with the undead.

Twelve years later the community has reclaimed more of the city and has settled into a fairly secure life in their compound. Zoey is a girl coming of age in this undead world, learning new roles-new sacrifices. But even bigger surprises lie in wait, for some of the walking dead are beginning to remember who they are, whom they've lost, and, even worse, what they've done.

As the dead struggle to reclaim their lives, as the survivors combat an intruding force, the two groups accelerate toward a collision that could drastically alter both of their worlds.

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David Wellington
A thinking man's zombie novel. Paffenroth has looked beyond the initial bloodshed to what happens after the end of the world. He explores deep philosophical issues while never letting the horror fan go hungry for gore.

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Dying to Live 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
As far as he knows, which he admits to himself during his lonely muses as very little, Jonah Caine wonders if he is the last human alive? Wherever he travels he finds zombies whom he tries to avoid not always successfully. Jonah feels the solitude eating away at him at time though he is a loner by nature. This is compounded by survivor¿s guilt and he wonders if staying alive is worse than letting the zombies go at him.---------------- After months of finding no one, Jonah miraculously meets a small commune of humans hiding in a museum. After telling his tale of woe, Jonah is accepted without a second thought by the leaders Jack, Tanya, Popcorn and Milton, but first he must undergo a religious rite of initiation involving a pilgrimage into the realm of the Undead.-------------- This is an interesting tale of survival in which those who still live establish new rites of passage in a post-apocalyptic world owned by the living dead. The fascinating story line focuses on the rituals that include risking one¿s life while proving one¿s worth by a willingness to slice off the heads of the undead. Although the museum encampment seems filled with too much rapport and positive vibes especially in the situation they find themselves in, fans of zombie thrillers will appreciate this deep look at a small group of humans simply DYING TO LIVE in a world gone to hell.------------- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Any zombie fan ever read day by day armegeddon? If not read it because this book is pretty much an exact copy of it and is much better than this pile of rotting crap.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The world has been taken over by the walking dead, some people call them flesh eating monsters, while the word, Zombie is more commonly used. Only a few living humans are left and they must ban together to repopulate and rebuild what is left of this Hell on Earth. Jonah Caine knows his wife and child have crossed over to the side of the undead, he just prays he does not run across them only to slay their rotting corpses. Living in tree houses for nearly a year and foraging what he can from homes and stores seems to be working. When Jonah finds himself surrounded by the Zombies he fears the worst. Thank heavens someone was looking out for him and was prepared to risk the lives of others in order to save him. Inside the Museum of Science and History was a community of the few survivors, they all opened their arms to Jonah and sooner than expected Jonah became comfortable with them as well. He made a few good friends like Jack, Sarah, Tanya, and the very strange but useful Milton. Milton possessed a gift, a gift that would possibly give everyone a chance at life....once again. When Jonah joins a few of his friends on the search for more living people, they are captured and held hostage by the inmates of the prison. Jonah knows they may not escape, especially when he smells the putrid smell of death walking. Can Jonah escaped with the help of his new friends, or will he die only to be reborn to something so sinister and dark, the devil himself will shy away? Kim Paffenroth entwines the want to live with blood and gore. This book is violent, bloody, and somewhat sickening. A true horror novel at its best. The few main characters could have a little more detail, I easily pictured the grotesque Zombies but I could not conjure up in my mind Jonah's image or Jack's for that matter. There was always excitement happening and not one moment in this novel did the characters let their guards down. Dying To Live is a novel any horror reader would enjoy, and possibly read many times over. So if you're looking for a good novel to read in a haunted house this Halloween or anytime for that matter, then I suggest you get to the nearest bookstore and pick up your copy today...you never know when Zombies will invade the world and time will run out. 4 Hearts
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
I've seen a lot of zombie movies and read a lot of zombie books. Dying to Live blows them all out of the water. It's intense, thrilling and easy to get wrapped up in. The perfect book to get you in the Halloween spirit.
MicheleLeesBookLove More than 1 year ago
Dying to Live, both the original and this book, the sequel, are heralded as "the intelligent man's zombie novel" and I can't think of a better description than that. The second book picks up twelve years after the first as Zoey, the baby rescued at the end of the first book, prepares to be inducted into life as an adult-in-training. Between Jack, Will (aka Popcorn) and Milton (the other zombie Christ figure) the survivors have branched out quite a bit from their initial encampment in a museum. Now part of a prosperous town, with the zombie threat so far diminished that terror and survival has given way to a ritualistic reverence of the ambulatory dead, Zoey concentrates with precocious skill on the nature of their existence and surviving in a new kind of world. As she faces danger from zombies and other humans she slices into the nature of the people around her (dead, living and somewhere between) with a painfully keen intellect. Harder-core horror fans shouldn't be disappointed. Through the commentary on human nature there are fights, gore, moaning undead and more. There are also peculiar things happening among the dead, including a pair of zombies who seem to remember their lives before death, and who refuse to be dismissed as mere mindless creatures of hunger. Truman, once a philosophy professor, now a dead man, challenges the town's perceptions of the creatures who destroyed the world with his refusal to eat flesh and his joy of reading. And because Paffenroth himself is a shrewd flayer of human behavior, there are not-so-subtle reminders that the walking dead are far less sinister than the living who embrace cruelty and savagery. It's very readable, smooth and insightful. Intelligently horrific and outright beautiful in places, it's a must-read for zombie fans looking for something more than a zombie uprising story of a motley crew being picked off one by one.
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steelyshan More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Its not just a 'run around scared and shoot zombies" book. It was a real social commentary about how our lives intermingle, the good and the bad in everyone, and the way people react when grouped together. This is a book that really breaks the mold of typical horror fiction and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a bit more that nightmare and adrenaline.
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wicker762 More than 1 year ago
This book, the third in the Dying to Live line, was an excellent read. I've found Kim Paffenroth's books to read a bit differently (style and his thought process) but I've also found this to be a refreshing change. These books are a unique take on the Zombie theme that will make you think about larger issues. If you're looking for more than just another apocalyptic work then you've come to the right place.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty good writing, interesting, kinda slow at times.
1-Angry-Man More than 1 year ago
The author admits his main influnces are the Bible and Dante's Inferno and you can tell because he quotes them about every other page, a little annoying. The story pulled me in right away but came to an aprupt ending, but what can you expect for 180 pages.
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AngelinnaJolie More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy watching George Romero,Resident Evil films then ,,,Kim Paffenroth Trilogy "Dying To Live" is a Must Read. Warning you will get Addicted One of the Best Trilogy I have read .Great Work........ *** Bram Stoker Award ****
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TraceyD More than 1 year ago
This is just one of those zombie books you should really read. This is the first zombie book I'd ever read at the time, and i really enjoyed it. I love the characters, the gore, and Milton definitely gives this story a twist!
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Saladyn More than 1 year ago
- I don't think there is a better way of describing this book in one sentence. If you are fan of the genre, but you are tired about repeating the same stories, tired of two dimensional, buffed like Superman heroes, if you want to read about normal people and their problems in the time of zombie apocalypse - this is a book for you. It's amazing how the author manages to touch some philosophical and psychological aspects of life in the destroyed world without boring readers to death. Solid title, few ideas you probably didn't saw ever before. Give it a try and you won't regret it.
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