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Zurvival Saturday (114) Free Zombie Books

| Saturday, December 20, 2014 | 0 comments |
 
This week I have some awesome and best of all Free Zombie E-books to share with you all! All books listed are Kindle Editions unless noted differently. All titles are linked to Goodreads for your convenience.

Zombie Society by K. Bartholomew [Purchase]
In August 2016, the President of the United States announced to the nation that he was signing into law Executive Order 14245, The Zombie Assimilation Act. The following day, millions of zombies who were being imprisoned in camps around the country were released into the general population.

This is the story of the Quinn family of Boston, Massachusetts, an ordinary American family as they adjust to their new lives, living among zombies in their schools, hospitals, workplaces – Everywhere

Victim Zero by Joshua Guess [Purchase]
Kell McDonald isn't your average guy. He's a brilliant biologist and geneticist, a leading researcher in the constant fight against disease and death. He works in secret on a miraculous organism with the potential to change the world.

But he isn't the only one.

Victim Zero is a story about life and loss, self-awareness and the hard choices between what is right and what is necessary. As the world spirals down and the dead begin to rise, Kell must learn the difference between surviving and living.

Set in the world of Living With the Dead, Victim Zero tells the story of how The Fall began. From before the outbreak itself, during the crisis and beyond, this novel chronicles the journey of a man who holds the weight of the entire human race on his shoulders.

The North by Sean Cummings [Purchase]
Breakout. Escape the City. Stay Alive.

Sixteen-year-old David Simmons is on a mission to save his eight-year-old sister. In a smoldering world infested with walking cadavers, the survivors of Simmons infantry reserve unit are going hatches down in a pair of armoured personnel carriers and everyone knows that it’s only a matter of time until their fuel runs dry.

There’s a weak short wave radio signal from a place called Sanctuary Base and it’s supposed to be zombie-free. But there’s more than a thousand miles to cover, a biting, unforgiving cold, armed survivalists, legions of the living dead and someone called SUNRAY.

They’re outgunned, outnumbered and out of time.

This tense thriller for teens offers a terrifying and brutal vision of survival in a post-apocalyptic world where the bonds of friendship and family are the only things left that are worth fighting for.

Zombie Fallout by Mark Tufo [Purchase] [Review]
It started in a lab at the CDC (Center for Disease Control), virologists were so relieved to finally have an effective vaccination against the virulent swine flu. Pressure to come up with something had come from the highest office in the land. In an attempt at speed the virologists had made two mistakes, first they used a live virus and second they didn't properly test for side effects. Within days hundreds of thousands of vaccinations shipped across the US and the world. People lined up for the shots, like they were waiting in line for concert tickets. Fights broke out in drugstores as fearful throngs tried their best to get one of the limited shots. Within days the CDC knew something was wrong. Between 4 and 7 hours of receiving the shot roughly 95% succumbed to the active H1N1 virus in the vaccination. More unfortunate than the death of the infected was the added side effect of reanimation, it would be a decade before scientists were able to ascertain how that happened. The panic that followed couldn't be measured. Loved ones did what loved ones always do, they tried to comfort, their kids or their spouses or their siblings, but what came back was not human not even remotely. Those people that survived their first encounter with these monstrosities usually did not come through unscathed, if bitten they had fewer than 6 hours of humanity left, the clock was ticking. During the first few hysteria ridden days of The Coming as it has become known, many thought the virus was airborne, luckily that was not the case or nobody would have survived. It was a dark time in human history. One from which we may never be able to pull ourselves out of the ashes from.


The Starborn Uprising by Jason D. Morrow [Purchase]
Out Of Darkness
It has been sixty years since society as we know it was destroyed. People are forced to band together in isolated villages to hide from the predatory greyskins—the once humans that will eat anything that moves. But sometimes, hiding isn’t enough.

Nineteen-year-old Mora leaves her grandmother, little brother, and the rest of her village to seek out the man who can offer protection—Jeremiah. Along the way, she meets two brothers, Connor and Aaron who help her discover that she has a new ability within herself—the power of the Starborn. And there are others like her.

But these super-humans are on a mission: to kill Jeremiah. They claim that the man who offers protection for everyone is a murderer with dangerous secrets. Mora must now choose between the man who claims he can keep her village safe, and those who can show her who she really is.

If It Kills Me 
Overconfidence has no place in a world where the dead rule. Nineteen-year-old Mora has learned this the hard way. After a conflict in the colony of Salem that left hundreds of people dead, Mora and her Starborn allies have been branded as fugitives by Jeremiah, the leader of Screven.

Now, Mora must prove to the world that she isn't the enemy, and that hope for the future lies with the Starborns, not Jeremiah. To do that, she must find out the truth behind the origins of the dreaded greyskins that roam the Earth, attacking villages relentlessly.

But more than that, she must protect her family. The Starborns attempt to set up a base at her home, Springhill, but it only brings more turmoil. With a mentor channeling her dreams of the past, and two rival brothers fighting for her love, Mora learns of a new enemy that threatens to bring them down before the revolution can even begin.

Even In Death 
Green, you're clean. Red, you're dead.

Nineteen-year-old Mora is haunted by the flashing red light that pronounces her doom. Now she knows she only has about twenty-four hours to defeat Jeremiah and finish the revolution she has started, before the greyskin virus claims her life.

To do this, she must lead the other Starborns through the war-torn streets of Screven. But Jeremiah has a secret power that will test Mora in ways she could have never imagined.

Old World (The Green and Pleasant Land #1) by Oliver Kennedy [Purchase]
Great Britain, 2014. Civilisation as we know it has been torn apart by war. This once peaceful nation has been transformed into a melting pot of chaos and desolation.

Death stalks the land. The towns and cities are home to the dead who have learned to walk again, driven by a single desire to consume the flesh of the living. The countryside is the abode of marauders, lawless men driven by starvation, fear and evil.

There is talk of worse to come, dark fiends inhabiting the irradiated lands of the south, beings who have risen up from the radioactive ashes of war.

Here and there dwell pockets of innocence, good men and women whose daily mission is living to see another dawn. But the dark tide has not receded, and the dawns are certainly numbered. Welcome to the Green and Pleasant Land.

Amidst The Falling Dust (The Green and Pleasant Land #2)
by Oliver Kennedy [Purchase]
Patrick Redmayne lived to see beyond the end of the world. Along with hundreds of others survivors, he clings to life aboard a ship in the North Sea. When a foraging mission comes up Patrick volunteers. He hopes that the mission will give him the chance to find out what happened to his family during the dark days of civilisations demise. Patrick and his comrades make their way across northern Britain. Their journey rapidly turns into a fight for survival, encountering things that normally hide in the deepest, darkest nightmares. Emotions and sanity are pushed to the limits but one mysterious signal presses them on in a search for salvation, a search for hope, a search for an answer. This is the second volume in the Green and Pleasant Land series and follows on from the 5 star rated Old World.

Of the Shadows' Own Accord (The Green and Pleasant Land #3)
by Oliver Kennedy [Purchase]
With every scream the past dies, the streets are awash with blood and the ghosts gather in the shadows as Britain breathes its final breath. At the height of the battle of London a young girl called Annabel Benyion fights for every moment of life. The capital is in flames as the military and the undead vie for supremacy.

With a few precious friends, Annabel succeeds in breaking free from the battleground metropolis, but her troubles do not end there for no part of the world is now untouched by the Deathwalker virus. As she seeks sanctuary in the deep hiding places of the world Annabel must deal with the loss of innocence, survival in the harsh land springing up around her, and the mysteries surroundings mankind's cataclysmic fall from grace.

It is these mysteries which will lead Annabel and her friends far to the north, into the hands of newer, fouler enemies and all the dark destinies that await them at a place called Ravensberg....

Z-Minus 1 by Perrin Briar [Purchase]
Z-MINUS: 8 HOURS
The first novella in a brand new zombie trilogy.

Once bitten, the virus spreads throughout the human body. It shuts down organs, kills nerve impulses and even reprograms the way we think. The virus becomes us.

But the process takes eight hours.

If you only had eight hours left to live, what would you do?

For Chris Smith, that decision has already been made. He’s infected, and returns home to find the rest of his family undead or missing, save his youngest daughter Maisie. He’s never been much of a father, but can he make up for it now in the final few hours of his life and find somewhere safe for her to survive?

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*Authors Have an upcoming Zombie book that will be FREE let me know, I'd love to feature your work in my post.
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Out of curiosity, Have you read any of the books above? 
If yes, Would you recommend it?
If No, Which ones do you plan on reading?

 Leave me your answers in the comments below or feel free to tweet me them @Hermyoni  

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Review: Bird Box by Josh Malerman

| Wednesday, December 17, 2014 | 0 comments |
Author: Josh Malerman
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Post Apocalyptic
Publisher: Ecco Books
Publication Date: May 13, 2014

Most people ignored the outrageous reports on the news. But they became too frequent, they became too real. And soon, they began happening down the street. Then the Internet died. The television and radio went silent. The phones stopped ringing. And we couldn't look outside anymore. Malorie raises the children the only way she can; indoors. The house is quiet. The doors are locked, the curtains are closed, mattresses are nailed over the windows. They are out there. She might let them in. The children sleep in the bedroom across the hall. Soon she will have to wake them. Soon she will have to blindfold them. Today they must leave the house. Today they will risk everything.





Review
Bird Box, how do I describe thee? Part Horror, part psychological thriller this book takes the term Mind #$%^ to the extreme. No lie, I read Bird Box well over a month ago and to this day I'm still not even sure how to process what happened over the course of the story. That being said, Bird Box was beautifully twisted and complex. The characters, the scenery, the (at times) erratic writing style of the Author, all combined to create this wonderfully demented world trapped by fear. 

One of the best parts about Bird Box were the characters. For me, Malorie was an extremely unlikable character at first but by the stories end I came to realize what a strong, brave and caring woman she truly was. Also I loved the children. Despite their less than ideal upbringing you'd think the kids would be full on crazy as well but somehow they seemed to be the most sane and rational of the bunch. Maybe because the children perceived things differently than Malorie or the other adults in the story or maybe it is because they had someone else to rely on to keep them grounded. Either way I really liked them. 

Another thing I really liked about Bird Box was how the story was more show than tell. Usually I like to see everything, I want to know who the Villain is, be it monster or human and if someone dies it better be shown but because Bird Box was more Psychological thriller than Horror the lack of descriptions work. Were kept guessing right up until the end who or what is really causing this plague of crazy. 

Now although I really liked Bird Box, the story did have a few minor annoyances that kept me from rating it higher. 

One of the things that really bugged me was how the demonic force causing the insanity plague behaved. Sometimes people would go crazy because they were in close proximity to others, sometimes they'd be by themselves, other times animals were affected and then boom, three chapters later they'd be fine.  Sometimes a person would open their eyes and be fine and other times even with eyes tightly shut they'd die. I get this erratic pattern was supposed to add another level of insanity to he story but for me it didn't work. 

Another thing I absolutely hated was how Malorie refused to name the children. Calling them "boy" and "girl" served no purpose except to shock the reader into thinking of them as less than the 4 year old children they actually were. I believe by calling them "boy" and "girl" instead of by a Human name it was a way for us to visualize them as just glorified tracker dogs for Malorie (hence all the talk of training them) instead of two helpless little children lacking love and guidance However, maybe it's the mother in me but knowing how poorly they'd been treated made me want to love them even more so maybe that was the Author's intent after all. 


Final Thoughts
While I did certainly enjoy Birdbox and the terrifying world Josh Malerman created, I couldn't help but feel disappointed by the stories end. After so much darkness, the dawn of a new day for the precious few who survived just felt a bit cliche. Would the ending stop me from recommending the story to others? Absolutely not, it was still good. I just personally expected something bleaker with the way the story was heading. 

With that being said, I'll be rating Bird Box by Josh Malerman ★★★★.


Recommended For Fans Of: The Road, The Waking Dark, American Psycho.                                     

 *Copy reviewed purchased.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in an which way  for providing them.

About the Author
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Josh Malerman is the lead singer and songwriter for the rock band the High Strung. He lives in Ferndale, Michigan.