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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 ...
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, it is emotional as much as it is horrifyingly gripping.
Posted April 25, 2013
When I saw the cover of Taking on the Dead, I was immediately drawn to it. The chick is walking down a rural road carrying a huge knife and I immediately had to read the synopsis. Its book one of the Famished Trilogy and I got goosebumps! Throw in the living dead, a quest for answers and a mysterious guy and I was totally sold. I am delighted to inform you that Taking on the Dead delivered an action packed post-apocalyptic tale that has left me anxious for book two. Walls paints a beautiful picture of both the horrors and pleasures in a zombie infested world. Her characters came to life, and I found myself invested in their stories.
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Posted June 1, 2014
An addictive zombie series for people who don't like zombies
I don't like zombies.
I don't watch zombie shows or movies, and I don't read zombie books. They scare me, because out of all the glittery vampires and buff, handsome werewolves, zombies are the only ones I think could possibly-actually-maybe-one-day happen.
However, I was told that even if I didn't like zombies, I could still read this book. I was skeptical, and I put it off for a while, yet here I sit with a 5 star rating on a zombie book.
Here's the thing -- this book does have some grossness. I mean, we're still talking about zombies, so it's gotta get gross, right? But zombies aren't the main focal point; they are a sideshow. This novel is about survival, and how what your version of survival is may not be what someone else's version is. It's about adaptability, and the myriad of ways different people adapt to their surroundings when faced with a zombie apocalypse. Some of it's ugly, some of it's ingenious and some of it is just plain morbid. But the human race was meant to survive.
Author Annie Walls has created strong characters, not caricatures, who are well-developed and believeable. In an almost-love triangle, all parties are clearly defined, which makes it exceedingly hard to pick which suitor you like best. This is really an astounding book, and yet again I'm glad I went against my usual fare and decided to go with 'Taking on the Dead'. Interestingly enough, I already plan to buy the rest of the books in this series because I've been caught - hook, line and sinker.
Appropriate for readers 17+ for language, zombie gore and sexuality.
Posted May 28, 2013
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Talking on the Dead is a pulse-pounding kick-off to the Famished series. Annie Walls use of vivid details draws you into her unique world of zombies and survivors.
Heroine Kansas Monroe is a strong, independent, and capable person since she manages to survive on her own for four years after the zombie apocalypse. After she is forced from her home, Kansas is rescued by Rudy Hawthorne. Realizing she has been lonely, Kansas is delighted with having a companion and learns that there is community of survivors. Overwhelmed by the number of people living in the community, Kansas realizes that she might have been wrong choosing to stay isolated for so long. Kansas’s realistic reactions to the way society has restructured itself drew me to her character. The author skillfully develops Kansas’s camaraderie with other survivors as she learns how to fight with guns and shares the skill she developed, hot-wiring cars. Kansas and Rudy’s relationship is fraught with sexual tension, and her life is further complicated when she develops strong feelings for Mac. When Kansas finally lets her feelings for Mac turn intimate, their bedroom scene is passionate and sexy. Throughout, the author masterfully develops well-drawn secondary characters, adding depth to an intricate and compelling story.
Perfectly blending world building, an intriguing heroine, stunning zombie-fighting actions scenes, and many shocking plot twists, Taking on the Dead is an engrossing introduction to a new series. I, for one, am looking forward to meeting up with Kansas again in the near future.
I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.