Rise Again Below Zero

Rise Again Below Zero

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by Ben Tripp

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The sequel to Rise Again, from an author who “balances kinetically choreographed scenes of zombie carnage with studies of well-drawn characters and enough political intrigue to give his tale more gravity and grounding than most zombie gorefests” (Publishers Weekly).

Billions died and rose again, hungry for human flesh. When the

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The sequel to Rise Again, from an author who “balances kinetically choreographed scenes of zombie carnage with studies of well-drawn characters and enough political intrigue to give his tale more gravity and grounding than most zombie gorefests” (Publishers Weekly).

Billions died and rose again, hungry for human flesh. When the nightmare reached Sheriff Danielle Adelman’s small mountain community of Forest Peak, California, it was too late for warnings . . . forcing her to lead a small group of survivors out of hell, all the while seeking her estranged runaway sister at any cost.

Two years later, the undead have evolved. Now, besides the shambling, mindless cannibals are the hunters—cunning and fast, like wolves—and the thinkers, whose shocking intel­ligence and single-minded predatory obsession may mean the downfall of what’s left of humanity. As Danny leads a ragtag band of the living through the remnants of the American Midwest, rumors arise of a safe place somewhere east. But the closer they get to it, the more certain Danny becomes that something evil waits for them at the end of the line. With an unspeakable secret riding beside her and an unbreakable promise made to a small, silent boy, Danny must stake everything she has—her leadership, her sanity, and her life— in order to defeat the ultimate horror in a terrifying and dying world.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Tripp brings the events set in motion in Rise Again (2010) to a spectacular conclusion in this smart zombie thriller. Former Marine Danny Adelman is still the nominal leader of the Tribe, a nomadic convoy of survivors toughing out the zombie apocalypse. Danny is also protecting her zombie-bitten sister, Kelley, a “thinker” zombie who retains enough of her humanity to set her apart from the shambling “zeroes.” This new wrinkle in zombie evolution sets up a tense situation in Happy Town, a supposed haven where it’s hard to tell the zeroes from the humans, and where Danny is played as a pawn by factions vying for power. Tripp excels at depicting a world whose center no longer holds and whose inhabitants will resort to any measure to stay alive. More than a routine zombiefest, this taut and intelligent tale succeeds as a moving meditation on a world steeped in “the loneliness of life without afterlife.” (Dec.)
From the Publisher

“Often brilliant....more than just another zombie story….Nearly impossible to put down….It does more than scare—it both moves and enrages, and transcends mere spookiness for something much more satisfying.” —Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author of Little Brother

“A thrilling page-turner that will delight fans of zombie fiction and post-apocalyptic stories, including Charlie Huston’s Sleepless and Justin Cronin’s The Passage.” —Booklist

“Danny’s journey through a land of death to find [her sister] Kelley makes for a remarkable character-driven story, and the final sentence takes it to another level.” —Library Journal (starred review)

Library Journal
The world is full of "zeros," or zombies, and a few human survivors make their way through a broken landscape to "Happy Town," where they can be free from the danger of the zeros. Sheriff Danielle Adelman leads her small tribe across the country, accompanied by her sister, Kelly, who is undead but who retains her ability to think and plan, as well as many of her memories. The zeros have developed their own hierarchy: moaners, hunters, and thinkers, who seem almost human in their ability to reason and communicate. Along with Danny travels the Silent Kid and his Boston terrier companion. As they approach their destination, Danny senses that something about Happy Town is not right and faces some of her most difficult decisions. VERDICT Picking up where Rise Again left off, Tripp's sequel features well-drawn and believable characters. Especially nuanced is Kelly, who desperately struggles to hold on to her humanity. A standout among the current flood of "zombie" novels, Tripp's latest effort sets a new bar for zombie fiction.

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Rise Again: Below Zero 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I kept trying to get into this book, but just couldn't get drawn in. I had no empathy for the main character who came off as emotionless and disconnected. Sometimes you just have to admit there's no gas in the tank.
marilynrhea1 More than 1 year ago
This is a sequel to Rise Again by Ben Tripp. However, if you have not had the good fortune to read Rise Again, you can still read this book, because it is that good and explains enough about the Zombie Apocalypse that you can go on from there. This book balances action with well developed characters and locations. What makes this book rise above most of the zombie books you can read out there, is the zombies are learning and also developing. This book is about a small group of survivors that are trying to continue surviving against the horror that their daily life has become. You will really be missing out if you don't grab yourself a copy of this book and read it. You better plan on some free time, because you won't be able to put it down. I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.
TheBibliophilicBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Sheriff Danielle (Danny) Adelman leads The Tribe, a group of survivors of the zombie plague. There are now three types of ‘zeros’: moaners, hunters, and thinkers…so even the dead evolve. The Tribe starts to hear stories about a safe place for kids in the Midwest, but Danny’s not so sure because sometimes things are too good to be true. As much as she didn’t want to be, Danny’s right and there is an unthinkable evil lurking in Happy Town. She must risk everything to stop this evil before it wipes out all remains of humanity on Earth. RISE AGAIN: BELOW ZERO is the sequel to RISE AGAIN, which I haven’t read. However, it didn’t seem to be an impediment to my understanding and the entertainment of this book. I really liked Danny and I still had a lot of respect for her by the end of the book, even if I didn’t like some of her decisions. However, she had a lot of people to look out for and you’re never going to please everyone all of the time. The thought of zombie evolution (aside from zombies in general!) was disturbing and highly creepy, which made for a great plot device. Reading as a stand-alone, I enjoyed RISE AGAIN: BELOW ZERO and how well the author was able to creep beneath my skin.
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Cthulhu99 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this.Read it without putting it down.I'd like to see a Rise Again trilogy,but the ending was perfect for this this book without a third.
Doc_Redbat More than 1 year ago
It's refreshing to read a book that isn't simply a re-tread of Night of the Living Dead. Mr Tripp creates characters that you care about and root for, despite imperfections. One of the best zombie books to be published recently.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read as good as or maybe better than the first book. One of the best zombie novels I have read in quite a while.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutly loved the first book this one was almost as good the end was shocking
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVED THIS BOOK! Excellent sequel!! Highly recommended for zombie lovers everywhere!