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Z 2134 (Z 2134 Series Book 1) Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Sean Platt and David Wright are Kings of the Serial, with their ambitious schedule of releasing a book per week in 2012.

With more than 200 five star reviews, their post-apocalyptic serial, "Yesterday's Gone," has drawn comparisons to Stephen King's "The Stand," ABC's "Lost," and AMC's "The Walking Dead." The indie writing duo are aiming to be known as the HBO or AMC of Kindle, with a new, character-driven serialized thriller every week.

Their books, between 14,000-24,000 words depending on the title, are called episodes, with six episodes making up each season of their titles. They're currently writing four series, including "Yesterday's Gone," "WhiteSpace," "Available Darkness," and "ForNevermore."

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  • File Size: 1831 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 161109903X
  • Publisher: 47North (October 9, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 9, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009KTA8YA
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,687 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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In the description it is advertised as a sort of Hunger Games meets Dawn of the Dead type of book. Its a complete rip-off of hunger games. World's gone to hell, the country is divided into separate districts with one central power, every year 2 contestants from each district square off in a deathmatch til only one is left standing. The only changes from hunger games is the fact that the contestants are deathrow inmates and that they compete outside the districts, amongst the zombies and other wild creatures. But everything else is completely stolen. Camera feeds 24/7 up close and personal with the fighters. A central arena where banquets are held offering much needed weapons/supplies to lure fighters into facing each other. Oh and it's not the Hunger Games, it's the Darwin Games, the most unimaginative and inaccurate title. Darwin never coined the phrase survival of the fittest, which is clearly why his name was chosen for a survivalist deathmatch. And to top it all off, the author sounds like they have a 6th grade reading level. Poor gramar, extremely simple vocabulary, and no ability to set up tone or mood. It feels like you're reading a junior high book report. Couple examples of what I mean: "he saw their fists filled with guts and meat, and mouths painted with the sauce of their kill... The zombies had devoured about 60 percent of the deer so far as Jonah could see," giving exact figures and stats really kills the mood. And "Whoever reaches the Mesa first gets dibs on the best equipment," who writes "dibs" in. Abook? Maybe if a character is saying it then yeah, but you don't try to set up a scene and convey how imprtant it is to be the first contestant to arrive by saying "they get dibs" on it. That's a child writing right there! Don't waste your money on this book. Try a sample if you absolutely must see for yourself. I wish I had done that instead of just assuming it was going to be good, because it didn't even take 10 pages to realize the book is terrible.
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I guess as a zombie junkie I was expecting more from these two talented authors. I thought this first episode was just so-so and nothing really to get excited about. I loved WhiteSpace: Season One (Episodes 1-6 of the sci-fi horror serial). I thought the first episode was a little slow, but the series picked up and I am hooked on it now. I also enjoyed reading Yesterday's Gone: Season One, and I am halfway thru Season 2. I have Season 3 on my Kindle standing by. That being said, I felt this was their weakest effort.

I see many folks are comparing this to The Hunger Games and rightly so. It is difficult to read this episode and NOT picture The Hunger Games. The lead characters are BOTH young girls, a controlling Big Brother type government, fighting to the death for entertainment, and so on. But I would also add that this reminds me of the movie version of The Running Man [Blu-ray]. Convicts fighting to the death for entertainment, a big Master of Ceremony, a Controlling goverment and so on. To really top it off, I started reading a zombie/young adult oriented series back in late May (told in episode format - one per month) called: GAMELAND Episodes 1-8 (S. W. Tanpepper's GAMELAND) by Saul Tanpepper.
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"Z 2134" is the first in a Zombie serial thriller by co-authors Sean Platt and David Wright. This Kindle e-book was a 211 Kb download and was priced at $2.99 at the time of writing this review.

Please Note: the authors have provide me with an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion.

Spoilers (general theme)

The world as we know it has been overrun with zombies for a little over 100 years. Only six walled cities remain, all ruled by the same totalitarian regime that brooks no dissent or disobedience. And for those that do, they become the newest contestants in the next installment of the Darwin Games... a televised reality show that pits 'undesirables' from the six cities in a fight for survival... the last person standing is rewarded with a life of leisure as his/her prize. And as if a fight to the finish were not enough, there is the fact that the contest takes place outside the walled areas... a barren land inhabited by zombies.

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Some thoughts on "Z 2134"...

1.) a tale very much in the mold of 'The Hunger Games' (HG), but with Zombies added.

2.) this episode spends time introducing the characters, giving important background information and letting the reader experience some of 'normal' living conditions in City 6.

3.) brutally realistic and graphic in describing some of the things that can happen to people who happen to be on the 'wrong side' of the law or maybe just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

4.) unpredictable and fast paced... typical of Platt and Wright's other serial offerings (Yesterday's Gone [YG] or Whitespace [WS]). Very little down time... something is always going on or about to happen.

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All I really want to know is when season 2 is coming out.
Hi. Assuming that Amazon wants to sign us for a second season, and I believe they do, it should be out at some point in Spring of next year. We're currently working on the first season of Monstrous and then the second season of Available Darkness. Sean and I run our serials like HBO, AMC, and... Read More
Dec 8, 2012 by David Wright |  See all 12 posts
Discuss Episode One of "Z 2134"
I LOVE it! Have followed Sean and David with their other serials and just knew this would be great. And I wasn't wrong! I love the suspense, love the mystery, love the characters. They feel fully alive...well as alive as anyone can be in a zombie-dystopian story. The authors manage to keep my... Read More
Oct 9, 2012 by Kathy Austin |  See all 54 posts
I can't wait, I read all of season one in 2 days. This is one captivating series, definitely very eagerly awaiting season 2! So, Sean and yourself need to lock yourselves away for a little while and write until your fingers are bloody numbs, hope that's not too demanding.

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I'm not sure if this helps, but on this page, there's a contact button on the sidebar. I'd contact customer support and ask them.
Nov 6, 2012 by David Wright |  See all 9 posts
Discuss Episode Two of "Z 2134"
Excellent. A very enjoyable ride filled with action, suspense, and plot twists. Leaves you on the edge of your seat.
Oct 24, 2012 by Jeff |  See all 16 posts
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