Taking on the Dead [NOOK Book]

Overview

Life for Kansas was perfect until the day the world changed.

She has been hiding out for four years in solitude. It's the only way to survive. The only way not to draw the living dead. Helping a small group of people, she learns the new world might not be what she assumes. Venturing out of her refuge and comfort zone, she meets Rudy, who helps her find a greater purpose. She realizes that the world has moved on without her. Only it's not what ...
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Taking on the Dead

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Overview

Life for Kansas was perfect until the day the world changed.

She has been hiding out for four years in solitude. It's the only way to survive. The only way not to draw the living dead. Helping a small group of people, she learns the new world might not be what she assumes. Venturing out of her refuge and comfort zone, she meets Rudy, who helps her find a greater purpose. She realizes that the world has moved on without her. Only it's not what she expects. Her knowledge of the living dead grows and only makes her more curious as humanity continues to hang on by a thread. While on her search for answers she finds comfort in new friendships and love, but her past seems as if it will haunt her forever.

Kansas takes it upon herself to help other survivors, which would be easy if the famished were the only obstacles.

In a trilogy plot thick with twists and turns, this adult dark fantasy is emotional as much as it is horrifyingly gripping.

This book contains graphic violence, intense language, sexual situations, drug use, and is intended for a mature audience.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015714555
  • Publisher: Annie Walls
  • Publication date: 9/19/2012
  • Series: The Famished Trilogy , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 322
  • Sales rank: 122,239
  • File size: 545 KB

Meet the Author

Author of dark fantasy and sub-genres of horror. Voracious Reader and Googler. Lover of dark humor. Horror Buff. Zombie Apocalypse Enthusiast. Loyal Cracked follower. Pinterest Addict. Wife of adoring husband. Mother of a six year old Bruce Wayne. Cook. Maid. Kisser of boo-boos. Ultimate Time Waster. Perfect Procrastinator. Lolly Gagger. Trubie. Cake Decorator. Tea Drinker. Sculpey Sculptor. Girl Gamer. Perfectionist in the art of Facebook stalking. And now, God help me, a blogger. Oh yeah, and a twitter, twatter, tweeter.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted December 20, 2012

    I got this book as part of a Halloween story bundle and really e

    I got this book as part of a Halloween story bundle and really enjoyed it. Zombie fiction is probably my least favorite genre, but I loved this book because the character of Kansas was so well done. I'm very much looking forward to the next book in the series.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2013

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    Wow. No, WOW. I loved this book! This book has ignited a passion

    Wow. No, WOW. I loved this book! This book has ignited a passion to acquire a cross bow. I am now more sure than ever that I need one. And I love apocalypse books, because they all feel a little bit like I am training (without leaving my couch) for what is surely to come soon! And that is all inspired by Kansas City Sunshine Moore.




    Who the heck is Kansas City Sunshine Moore? She is the main character in Annie Walls’ Taking On The Dead. Big bonus points for unique names there! But Kansas usually goes by Kan, which is short and sweet and to the point. Necessity has turned Kan into a strong woman and I immediately impressed right from the very first pages during the prologue. The prologue itself was very eerie and sad and scary. It was the perfect opener, and it showed the Zombie Apocalypse’s beginning. 




    The rest of the story takes place several years later. The world as we know it has been turned upside down. And Kansas has been living a solitary life. As one man says to her in the story, its no wonder she isn’t crazy! Zombies seem to run in packs, and they like the cooler weather. I thought this was a very interesting aspect because it threw my theories out the window! Yep, now I have to come up with a whole new apoc plan because if Annie Walls is right, we will want to go where the weather is warm!




    Annie’s zombies are grotesque and disgusting. In other words, perfect. They are exactly what zombies should be. They are in different states of decomposition, and Ms. Walls spares no expense describing the putrification of these zombies. And even better, they are called zombies! You see a lot of books skirt around the whole “Z” word. Yes, they are called several other things in this story – but they are also called zombies!




    So four years later, and a series of events has caused Kansas to come in contact with people. Some of them betray her. But with every closed door, there is an open window…to jump right out of. And then Kan meets Rudy. I immediately feel like I like Rudy. He is big, strong, and he has a heart of gold. The man has some secrets, but in this day and age everyone does. There were many points in this story that I held a secret hope that there would be a romance, but you will have to read to find that out for yourself!




    Kan is the type of survivor I want to be. She is smart, resourceful, powerful in her own way. And of course, there is the cross bow. But the great characters don’t end with her. Of course there is Rudy, who you feel like you want to be his friend right away. But then she meets Mac, and Reece. Shout out to Reece, the tattoo artist from Detroit (my hometown!). Yes, I did just give a shout out to a fictional character. You do it too. You know you do. All of Annie’s characters are just vibrant and full of personality. Even the ones I hated were just as easy to picture as if they were standing right in front of me. 




    This book is full of twists and turns. In some ways you find civilization is moving on. In some ways you can almost even say it is thriving. There is a community there that I just found fascinating, and I have future plans to pester Annie Walls into creating stories for more people living there… namely, Glinda. Oh yeah, I definitely want to know more about this diamond in the rough. She becomes a great friend to Kan, and right away you wonder who you should be more jealous of.




    But then again, if this story proves one thing over and over – it is beware of who you trust! In a world where nothing is permanent, people will do almost anything to survive. But once you find someone that you know without a doubt is true, well, hold on to them.




    My final thoughts? It’s a good thing this book is part one in a trilogy, because I definitely want to read more – immediately. And I have plenty of questions about some things that have happened in the book. And the author is being very tight lipped with the answers. So I’m sorry, I can’t give you any hints of what is to come! But this story has definitely become one of my favorites of the year. It is written with heart and emotion, and a bit of snark. I have hope for Kan’s future. There is some really terrific action, horror, and a healthy dose of drama. There’s even bits of romance here and there, but make no mistake, this isn’t a romance book. But the story has all of the elements I love. A kickass heroine, a couple great heroes in the making… and zombies!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2013

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    One of my Top Zombie Reads ever...

    Four years ago the world changed and zombies were eating everyone in sight. Four years ago was the end of Kansas' old life and the beginning of her new life. Her new life that consists of living in a bunker built under her house all alone. And alone was working out pretty good for her until 4 survivors pass through seeking shelter for the night. Unfortunately that is not all they wanted.

    Now Kansas must up and leave her underground sanctuary to find a new place to live and survive. But the things she discovers about the zombies and the world outside throws her for a loop and leaves her shocked at what she finds.

    When I say I love me a good zombie book, I love me a good zombie book. But Taking on the Dead was not a good zombie book....it was a FABULOUS zombie book. I loved every ounce and ate it up. (snickers at my pun) It had guts, it had nail-biting suspense about what would happen next, it had me thinking 'did I lock the back door? does it matter…cause a zombie could bust it down, right?' AND...it had a little romance. Not a lot…just the right amount. If I were running for my life in a post-apocalyptic world, I know I would still like a hand to hold. Something that gave me hope that one day it will all be better. (Ok corny moment over. ) Seriously though, the romance was just right and I loved every bit. I actually want to re-read the book right now…but alas, too many books I must review.

    Taking on the Dead had a whole lot of twists, turns, and gore to keep you entertained throughout the whole book. I don’t think there was ever a dull moment that I thought it was dragging or boring. The ending…oh yes that perfect ending…we get a lot of answers and even some we were not expecting. And I loved the characters that Annie gives us. Each bringing something to the story and each hiding something too.

    So yeah, Taking on the Dead was flippin fabulous. It is perfect for those like me, twiddling our thumbs waiting for The Walking Dead to come back on (even though I have Dish and have to wait for it to be on Netflix). I am even going to go so far as to say I loved it more than Amanda Hocking's The Hollow's series; which I absolutely loved. And to know that there are 2 more books in the series is even better. So you zombie fans out there better be ready for this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2013

    This was a fantastic story. The characters were believable and i

    This was a fantastic story. The characters were believable and interesting, and the story was compelling. I'm not normally a fan of this type of genre, normally leaning more towards magical world fantasy type stories, but this story has me impatiently waiting for the sequel!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    I could not put it down. Amazing book. Cant wait for the next

    I could not put it down. Amazing book. Cant wait for the next one

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2013

    It drags.

    The storyline dragged. Save your money.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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