Controlling the Dead

Controlling the Dead

by Annie Walls

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With the help of her new companions, the path Kansas follows leads to more knowledge of the ever adapting famished.

The team finds help in unlikely places, meeting more survivors, and discovers the possibility of a new beginning.

When the team experiences a devastating loss, Kansas struggles to keep her humanity from fading and distorting like that of the surviving society around her. It begins with knowing who to trust and who to leave behind. First, she must trust herself – she won't make the same mistakes twice.

As the answers to her questions are revealed, Kansas begins to understand the knowledge comes with a heavy price and great responsibility of controlling the dead.

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

For Mature Audience

Product Details

BN ID: 2940162052685
Publisher: Annie Walls
Publication date: 06/16/2018
Series: The Famished Trilogy , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 210,424
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Annie Walls is an author of dark and urban fantasy. She resides on the Tennessee countryside with her husband, son, and bulldog. Far, far away from society. She’s a romantic and misanthropist. When she is not writing, she is reading.

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Controlling the Dead 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book... I hope she writes more zombie books.
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Fictional_Candy More than 1 year ago
Well thank goodness my wait is finally over and I got to read Controlling The Dead!! Woot! I was so very excited for this book to come out, and now I'm happy I get to share it with all of you! I have a review today, but later on in the tour I will also have an interview with author Annie Walls, so be sure to keep an eye out for that! So in this book Kan is dealing with the aftermath of everything from Taking On The Dead. She is wracked with guilt, and she's formulating plans. Relationships have been strained, and others have been fortified. I really enjoyed this book, and I found it to be packed with action. There was quite a bit of detail included, and at times it did feel a bit slow for me. But there were some many new additions, that overall I'm just really excited about it all.  As far as the relationships that Kan has with her friends, I have to say the ones that please me most are the ones she has with Reece and Glinda. Yep. I love Rudy, and Mac... well, Mac has fallen a bit out of favor with me in this book. But Reece and Glinda are pure aces. I love their comic relief, their steadfastness and I love how they interact with each other, along with Kan. Rudy... man. I love him. I want him and Kan to be together. I want them to have a happily ever after. I don't know if that's possible in the apocalypse? The attraction between them is tangible, but for some reason they just don't act on it as much as I want them to. And Mac!! That man has a temper, and he's pissed me off enough times that I think he is forever in the doghouse as far as I am concerned.  There are quite a few new characters in this book, and at times I had trouble keeping who is who straight. But they definitely added something to the story, and I'm glad I got to "meet" them. Well, most of them.  It's hard to do this and not spoil it for you. There are several really big plot points in this book. Some things I didn't see coming, and I love that Annie Walls was able to surprise me that way. I'm also glad I took the time to read Bailing Out Into The Dead, which is Rudy's story before he and Kan entered each other's lives. It did help as a little bit of background for some scenes in this book. This book definitely went deeper into Kan and why she is the way she is about some things. If you loved Malachi for his brief part in book one, you will be glad to see he is not forgotten in book two! Plus if you are into the gory aspects of zombie life, Annie definitely gives you that in this book. Ugh, some of it is just so disgusting - it's great!! If you've been following this trilogy, and have been waiting like I have, I definitely think you won't be disappointed by this book!
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donniedarkogirl More than 1 year ago
To say that I've been woeful since reaching the end of the first book would be an understatement! I've been looking forward to Controlling the Dead - hoping for Rudy and Kansas to explore a relationship and getting ready to find out some answers along with Kansas to questions raised in the first book. I was anxious to find out about Mago being able to tell there's more to him than meets the eye. I knew an interesting story would be there, too, and I wasn't wrong. Along with excitement, I also went into this book with some trepidation as I knew it was going to be an emotional read, promised by the synopsis.  First of all, Kansas is broken. There's just no other way to put it. In spirit, mind, really just want to put her back together again. Her stubbornness and refusal to take care of herself until her friends see just how bad things are further prove how tough this girl is. And that toughness is how Kansas is going to make her way back to a healthy state of mind. Because no matter what, I had hope she'd be able to mend herself.  I wanted her to put Rudy (as much as I love him) and Mac in their place for keeping secrets from her all the time. In the previous book, seemingly everyone wanted to keep her in the dark, and I didn't get why. She had obviously proven herself to be strong enough time and again to handle the truth of what is going on. In this book, however, I felt she needed time to heal herself before getting back into her role with the team. With that said, Rudy and Mac know she has found out things they kept from her, so why bother to continue now? Why not just come clean because she's going to find out eventually anyway. Each time she finds out another secret that's been kept from her, I felt the sting of betrayal as much as she did. Controlling the Dead is a pulse pounding, eat your heart out gem of a book with characters I love and a plot I'm jealous I didn't dream up. It raises questions about humanity and what that would look like after a disaster of epic proportions such as the one in Kansas's world. Not only am I entertained by this story, but I also am given food for thought, too.  I'm going to do my best to patiently wait for the third and final book in this trilogy, but it won't be easy! I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  
Lori_Zalewski More than 1 year ago
Find this review and more at Lusty Penguin Reviews! Controlling the Dead by Annie Walls, the second book in the Famished trilogy, picks up right where the first book, Taking on the Dead, leaves off. As with the first book, Walls tells this story in first person through the eyes of our heroine, Kansas Moore. After being violently attacked at the end of the first book, Kansas is dealing with the physical and emotional aftereffects of the attack. Even with everything that has happened, Kansas remains the strong, formidable, kick-butt character I fell in love with in the first book. Despite everything going on around her, Kansas finds her feelings for both Rudy Hawthorne and Mac Collins are deepening. The relationship between these three characters is complicated because Kansas wants answers about the zombie virus and vaccine. While, on the other hand, Rudy and Mac want to protect her from getting too involved for her own good. With her masterful storytelling skills, Walls further develops the main characters while seamlessly introducing new secondary characters who organically propel the plot forward. Walls also brilliantly answers some lingering questions from the first book while continuing to advance her unique story line with twists and turns a plenty, keeping the reader riveted. With the intricate plot and character growth, I would suggest that the Famished series be read in order. Beautifully building on her zombie world with well-crafted, three-dimensional characters, emotionally shocking plot twists, and zombie-killing action, Walls makes Controlling the Dead an absolutely amazing addition to the Famished trilogy. I received an eBook copy of the book from the author for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
ElfwitchLovesBooks_13 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book of The Famished Trilogy by Annie Walls. I loved the first book, Taking On The Dead, but this new novel is amazing. Controlling The Dead shows how very talented the author truly is. I was spellbound from page one. Traveling through a world of zombies, Voodoo priest and conspiracy plots is Kansas Moore. She is not your ordinary girl next door. Kan is a crossbow carrying, zombie killing, badass, that is trying to make a better life for the people who have survived. She wants answers about how the zombie virus started and knows that it was not an accident. This series is more than just another zombie horror story, even though it can be very gory and graphic. It is also an intriguing mystery, a comedy and a very hot love story. I can't get enough of this post zombie apocalyptic world. Annie Walls writing skills makes this book come to life. Her description of Rudy, left me drooling over the hunk with an amazing body. He is Kansas’ lover, friend and combat comrade, but he is much more that it. His sense of loyalty is awesome. He is determined to always do what is right, even if it means sacrificing his own desires and needs. Mago, is a Voodoo priest, from the swamps of New Orleans, who can control the dead. He is mysterious and spooky. He has a secret agenda which includes Kansas, even if she doesn't want it to. After Kansas seeks out Mago for answers, she discovers that she can do things she never dreamed possible. Is it a curse or a blessing? Kansas doesn't listen to her friend Max that is trying to protect her. She charges in trying to gain the knowledge of what caused the end of the world as we know it. What she finds is more questions, than answers. When everything goes wrong she discovers she only has one friend that she can truly trust. Reece is like a big brother to Kan and is will to do anything needed to help her, just like always. I am beyond words at describing the characters from this book. I feel my attempt does not do them justice. There are so many more that I didn’t even touch on here. They are all so well developed. I feel as if I know each and every one of them. I love the good guys, hate the bad guys and just want to slap a stupid princess, want-to-be chick, every once in a while. I can't praise Annie Walls enough. She is absolutely brilliant. I will be anxiously awaiting the third and final book in the trilogy, Living With The Dead, but I also really want to see what Ms Walls will do next. Will there be other horror, mysterious venues to explore? I surly hope so!!!!
kydirtgirl68 More than 1 year ago
Kansas has survived zombies,heartache and so much more but her journey isn't over. She has made new friends and found out many things she didn't know before. She has to learn to let herself heal and find out more answers to the questions she has. This is a long hard road to travel and the zombies may be the least of her worries. Kansas is one of my absolute favorite characters of all time. She kicks ass and great at surviving. She has more weaker moments I think in this book but she has been through so much it isn't any wonder. It just really makes her that much more fantastic. She has to figure out something strange that is happening to her her now.  Along with Kansas are the great and the not so great characters you meet in the first book along with some new ones. This is one of my favorite series and not just because it has zombies but because while reading it you feel you are inside Kansas`s head. You really live her life. This book adds so much more to the plot. sometimes the second book doesn't live up to the first but this one certainly does. Kansas has really hard decisions to make in this book. There is tons of action and the book never slows down. It keeps you entertained from page one. I will say I had my heartbroken reading this but won't give any spoilers. If you want an amazing story of survival pick this up. You don't have to be a fan of zombies to read this series there is so much more to the books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!!! please dont tell me i have to wait another year. :)
twimom101 More than 1 year ago
I actually rated this book 4.5 stars but when leaving reviews on sites such as Amazon, Goodreads, B&N..I always round up to the next full star. Reese and Kan have made their way to NOLA in search of some answers. And the only person who can help them is Mago. Once they do find him, the answers they seek are not what they want to hear. This world they live in is messed up and it is only getting worse. And things will only get weirder for Kan. On top of all the crap she has been through this is definitely not a good thing. AH!!! It is so good to be back hanging out with Kan and Rudy and Mac again. Only problem is Kan is absolutely losing it. And rightly so. But this girl is cracking and needs some serious help before it puts her right over the edge. Rudy has his own problems to handle, so he may not be the best person to help her out with hers. Mac is flighty and hard to pin down, so he may not be what she needs either. All I know is someone has got to step up and help this girl out before it is too late. If you are looking for a slow pace book lacking emotion, zombies and suspense, it is best to move on then. There is always something going on in this book you will never find a dull moment. Absolutely amazing!! And even heartbreaking. My heart hurt so bad reading this one. This is one author who isn’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers and break some hearts. So prepare yourself now. I will say that there wasn’t a whole lot of romance though. And that was kind of a bummer for me. Sure there is lots of flirting going on, but nothing that amounted to anything really. Well not until the very end pretty much. And I do understand why there wasn’t much romance, I mean, I wouldn’t be in a romantic mood either after all that Kan was put through in the first book. I was really hoping for something more to transpire between Rudy and Kan than what did. But, Walls knows what she is doing and I am going to trust that it will all work out. And when you read the book, at the end is a special passage from Rudy’s POV. And it totally made this book! Love slice and dice zombie reads? Of course you do!! This is the book for you. If you have read the first book, you are most definitely are going to want to read this one. The ending of the first book had to have peaked your interest, am I right? So what are you waiting for? Get on this one. Like now!! NOW!
dizy1j62881 More than 1 year ago
I loved the first book and have been anxiously waiting the arrival of the 2nd one. With that being said I read this and  I could not put it down. I was impressed with the writing and story that goes with this series. While I was not expecting a certain part of the book it falls into the story line well and works with the characters Kansas is a smart girl that shows that she was and is resourceful and then throwing in Rudy and Mac its hard choosing which one to root for but I'm a girl after a bad boy but love the easiness of Rudy and Kan.  I'm torn which to pick so her story is easy to imagine. Can't wait to see what happens in the next book and where the series goes!!! .