Author: Meg Bawden
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/18/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Apocalyptic/dystopian, Gay Romance
The year is 2028, and Dallas and Raleigh Jenson are torn apart when a worldwide zombie apocalypse ravages their home of Townsville, Australia. After a year of searching, Dallas, a former Australian army rifleman, finally reunites with Raleigh, but it’s not like old times. Not only do they have zombies to contend with, but also other humans, changed by desperation and willing to do anything to survive.
Dallas and Raleigh have changed too. So much so, that Dallas struggles with the idea that Raleigh no longer needs or wants his protection. But they will need to rely on each other and find strength in their love as they are forced to evade zombies and watch their friends die. As they fight for their lives in a brutal landscape where every supply and every step toward a potential cure is a battle to the death, only their trust in each other can keep them from perishing.
Zombies are all the rage these days and we see a lot of books in all genres pop up with zombie themes. I like zombies, whether they are the good guys (just misunderstood) or the bad guys out to get our heroes. In this story they are bad, and I mean really bad. This story would have done well as a block buster movie or new TV Show.
I loved the action and the descriptions of the zombies. I loved how the book started out all sweet and light and then BAM! Apocalypse. I really liked Dallas and his determination. His caring and love for Raleigh really shone through. I loved that not everyone survives; it added realism to the story. I liked that we have a large cast of interesting characters that I could get invested in. This is not a dark novel though. There is a lightness to it in our characters’ interactions.
What I didn’t like was that Raleigh was a TSTL damsel in distress most of the time. I didn’t like all the coincidences that happened all at once – it was too contrived.
However, I loved the set up for the series and fully plan on reading the next book when it comes out. I want to know what happens as this ends with many unanswered questions! So, if you like your zombies bad, your action fast and don’t mind some clichés, give this book a chance!
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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