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Frail
     

Frail

3.0 4
by Joan Frances Turner
 

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Being human is a disadvantage in post-apocalyptic America...

Now that the Feeding Plague has swept through human and zombie societies, it seems like everyone is an "ex" these days. Ex-human. Ex- zombie. Except for Amy, that is. She's the only human survivor from her town-a frail. And if the feral dogs, the flesh-eating exes, and the elements don't get her,

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Being human is a disadvantage in post-apocalyptic America...

Now that the Feeding Plague has swept through human and zombie societies, it seems like everyone is an "ex" these days. Ex-human. Ex- zombie. Except for Amy, that is. She's the only human survivor from her town-a frail. And if the feral dogs, the flesh-eating exes, and the elements don't get her, she just may discover how this all began. Because in this America, life is what you make it...

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Raluca Topliceanu
Frail is a diamond-in-the-rough novel—a gem that needs only a little bit more polishing to truly shine. Although readers might get lost in the maze-like plot, captivating characters and fascinating turns of events allow them to look past the book's few flaws (unconvincing secondary characters, confusing stream-of-consciousness writing) and see the author's clever twists on old stereotypes. Frail brings together romance, action, betrayal, and a struggle for survival in a unique way. 3Q, 3P. Reviewer: Raluca Topliceanu, Teen Reviewer
VOYA - Sara Martin
The world is made up of humans and zombies, and humans live in guarded settlements to keep out the undead. When a plague infects both populations, many become consumed by hunger until they literally eat themselves to death; others transform into "exes"—ex-humans or ex-zombies, with super-human strength, who crave flesh. Those unaffected by the plague, who remain pure human, are nicknamed "frails" and are hunted by the exes. Frail is the story of Amy, a human survivor whose life is saved by an ex, Lisa; when both girls are captured, they must depend on each other for escape. There is no question that Turner is a skilled writer; her descriptions are vivid, gory, and horrifying. Amy is lost in every sense, and her first-person narrative is appropriately disjointed and unsettling. Unfortunately for the reader, this fractured quality also makes it extremely difficult to follow at times. Violence and mature language make this a more appropriate selection for older teens and adults. An unexpected plot twist throws everything in question, and while this heightens the excitement, it also bring up more questions that are never satisfactorily answered. Unless there is a great demand for zombie/post-apocalyptic fiction, Jeyn Roberts' newly released Dark Inside (Simon & Schuster, 2011/VOYA December 2011) is a better choice for most libraries serving teens. Reviewer: Sara Martin
Kirkus Reviews

If you're undead, a zombie or simply a human who enjoys reading about them, this novel will take you for a happily horrifying ride.

Decades in the future, a plague destroys most of humankind along with zombies and the undead. Amy, the narrator, is a 17-year-old frail—a human, she believes—who struggles to survive along the shores of Lake Michigan. She meets a gaggle of undeads and zombies, some of whom don't seem to have her best interests at heart. In fact, zombies may not have hearts at all, as they neither bleed nor breathe. Amy is a sympathetic character who is fierce when she has to be, although it's mighty tough for her when she kills someone who won't stay dead. It's also tough on an innocent reader delving into his first zombie tale and trying to figure out what's going on and whether the heroine is making any progress. Turner's writing is exceptional, though, with an abundance of similes and graphic detail that turn the bookinto the horror fest it's supposed to be. There is action aplenty to sweep the reader along, with no lack of surprising twists that make Amy's life—if she reallyisalive—pure hell. "I haven't had a really good hoo-kill in years," an antagonist whispers. Hoo boy. Amy's main motivations are to find her mother, who she is certain still lives, and to escape the clutches of creatures various and nefarious. Meanwhile, another character states a recurring theme: "It's all death. Life's just slow death, decay, rolling down this huge, endless slope with nothingness at the bottom..." Beyond that, any overarching plot is unclear to a reader who is mired in the page-by-page gore and nihilism. Perhaps a second reading? No. Ain't gonna happen.

The book should be a big hit with fans of the horror-zombie genre. But it's unlikely to appeal to many readers outside that niche.

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Praise for Frail

"A happily horrifying ride...Turner's writing is exceptional."—Kirkus Reviews

"A gritty and personal post-zombie novel with a clear-voiced, strong female narrator and a fresh new perspective on a saturated genre."—Shelf Awareness

Praise for Dust

“THOUGHTFUL, POIGNANT AND FRIGHTENING.”—Laurell K. Hamilton, #1 New York Times bestselling author 

“SPECTACULAR . . . a great, unsettling portrait of raw hunger and hope.”—Jeff Long, New York Times bestselling author

“Joan Frances Turner has done for zombies what Anne Rice did for vampires.” —Douglas Preston, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Gideon’s Corpse

“MASSIVELY ENTERTAINING . . . Turner has created a new zombie mythology that is smart, scary and viscerally real.”—Booklist (starred review)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780441020706
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
10/04/2011
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
9.18(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.54(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
Praise for Frail

"A happily horrifying ride...Turner's writing is exceptional."—Kirkus Reviews

"A gritty and personal post-zombie novel with a clear-voiced, strong female narrator and a fresh new perspective on a saturated genre." —Shelf Awareness

Praise for Dust

“THOUGHTFUL, POIGNANT AND FRIGHTENING.”—Laurell K. Hamilton, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“SPECTACULAR . . . a great, unsettling portrait of raw hunger and hope.”—Jeff Long, New York Times bestselling author

“Joan Frances Turner has done for zombies what Anne Rice did for vampires.” —Douglas Preston, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Gideon’s Corpse

“MASSIVELY ENTERTAINING . . . Turner has created a new zombie mythology that is smart, scary and viscerally real.”—Booklist (starred review)

Meet the Author

Joan Frances Turner was born in Rhode Island and grew up in the Calumet Region of northwest Indiana. A graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School, she lives near the Indiana Dunes with her family..

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Frail 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Zombie was always a part of the population, but unless there was a significant outbreak, normal humans assumed these creatures were a George Romero Pittsburgh myth. These reanimated corpses exist filled with maggots and rotting leaking flesh. One bite of a living human changes the victim into a zombie. The Feeding Plague turned America to Dust changing humans and zombies into something else. Amy is one of the humans in post-apocalyptic America who did not catch the Feeding Plague. In fact in her small-town, Amy is the only pure Frail human left. She befriends an Ex, Lisa, who like all of her species is invulnerable; as the Ex populace is stronger, faster, and deadlier than the two groups they evolved from. The pair is kidnapped and taken to a community run by Exs who enslave the Frail. Lisa protects and constantly saves Amy from the masters until she is brought to a scientific lab run by an Ex. There she learns about the Frails and Humans, a place where both groups are treated equally. Frail is an incredible horror thriller that contains plenty of post-apocalyptic action while also asking what makes a sentient being human as readers will consider Descartes: "I think therefore I am." and Sartre's "I am, therefore I think." Amy is a courageous human who is very afraid but uses her fears to escape from essences who want to harm her. Her relationship with Lisa affirms that diverse beings can become friends. Joan Frances Turner provides a tense thriller that readers will devour. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was confused most of the time and it had a ton of grammatical errors that distracted me from the story. I gave it two just because the idea itself was intriguing but it was a frustrating book to get though. It just never really came together in a way that made it worth investing my time in it.
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