Review- The First Days by Rhiannon Frater

ISBN: 0765331268 (ISBN13: 9780765331267)
Author: Rhiannon Frater
Published: July 5,2011 (first published August 14th 2008)
Publisher: Tor Books
Page Count: 336 Pages
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The morning that the world ends, Katie is getting ready for court and housewife Jenni is taking care of her family. Less than two hours later, they are fleeing for their lives from a zombie horde.

Thrown together by circumstance, Jenni and Katie become a powerful zombie-killing partnership, mowing down zombies as they rescue Jenni's stepson, Jason, from an infected campground.

They find sanctuary in a tiny, roughly fortified Texas town. There Jenni and Katie find they are both attracted to Travis, leader of the survivors; and the refugees must slaughter people they know, who have returned in zombie form.

I borrowed a copy of this book to review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any way for them.


“Tiny fingers. So small. So very, very small. The fingers pressed under the front door of her home were so very small. She couldn’t stop staring at those baby fingers straining frantically to reach her as she stood shivering on the porch.”

Tiny Fingers. Those simple words struck me to the core. I knew what Tiny Fingers meant and what the character Jenni was dreading having to face. Zombie children are so rarely utilized in Fiction or heck even cinema, it was a pleasant surprise when the book started out with those Tiny Fingers clawing at the door. Those simple words really stood out to me. I knew then that this was going to be a great read since the Author had clearly decided that anyone was fair game to be a zombie which in turn meant anyone was able to be killed as well. I think that beginning scene will stay with me for a good long time.

While the main characters of the story are Katie and Jenni, even the background players were given distinct voices and personalities. I have a feeling they might play bigger roles in things to come, actually I hope they do. Another thing I enjoyed was the way Rhiannon Frater had her characters knowledgeable about Zombies. One of the characters Juan even references Max Brooks Zombie Survival Guide! Juan is one of my favorite characters. He's one of the two main male leads and has some of the best lines in the whole book.

I have only a few small gripes about the book and both came about midway through. The first is Jenni. All of a sudden from out of nowhere she becomes this jealous, crazy, creature. Her personality just goes all over the place during these few chapters and really made me just dislike her.Which brings me to my second gripe. Both female leads started lusting after the main male Travis (though Katie wrestled with this). I'd expect this after a few weeks but barely two days after their loved ones had been eaten and killed. I don't know it just seemed wrong.

Overall this was a great Zombie read. I am looking forward to reading the other two books in this series. If you like Zombies and kick butt female characters then I suggest checking this out. I will be giving Rhiannon Frater's As the world dies: The First Days 4 ★★★★.


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