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Z 2134 (Z 2134 Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Sean Platt , David W. Wright
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Book Description

It is the year 2134 in a dystopian America, following a series of zombie plagues which infected and decimated much of the world’s population starting 100 years ago.

Those left, formed six walled Cities throughout the continent, all under the rule of a totalitarian government which enforces strict control over its populace.

You must obey your government.
You must be a good citizen.
You must be a productive citizen.
You must not break the law.

Or The City Watch will find you and arrest you.

Jonah Lovecraft, a former Watcher, was arrested for the murder of his wife. And like most criminals, he has one chance at freedom — to participate in The Darwin Games, a televised survival show which pits two players from each city against one another in The Barrens, the uninhabited areas outside the City Walls.

He’ll also have to face another enemy — the zombies which still roam The Barrens.

As he fights for his freedom against impossible odds, his daughter, Anastasia, stumbles into people who have information about her father — information which will change her life forever.

But it will also put her in the crosshairs of her father’s enemies.

Z 2134 is the first part of a new dystopian thriller from the bestselling authors of Yesterday's Gone. Make sure to check out Z 2135, the next chapter of this harrowing tale, out now, and the final part of the trilogy, Z 2136, out in Spring 2014!

This book was initially released in episodes as a Kindle Serial. All episodes are now available for immediate download as a complete book. Learn more about Kindle Serials

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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."

Product Details

  • File Size: 1831 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 161109903X
  • Publisher: 47North (October 9, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009KTA8YA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,977 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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163 of 193 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written rip-off October 31, 2012
By Kai
Format:Kindle Edition
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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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Similar to Hunger Games, The Running Man, and GAMELAND October 25, 2012
By Coach D
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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32 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
"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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good book ... Not so much a zombie book but a redemption book...
All in all a good read. The zombie parts are fun but the author gives them too much sensory for me. My only gripe is Zombies don't "feel" anything so for them to respond to pain is... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
Love it.
Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Hunger Games, the Walking Dead and so much more!
I was not sure I was up for another Zombie story, but since it was Wright and Platt how could I resist? I am very glad I didn't. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Kelcey
4.0 out of 5 stars Like The Hunger Games, so what?
It does suffer a bit from the "show, don't tell" syndrome, but it is an entertaining read. Yes, it has similarities to The Hunger Games, but the authors were clear that... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Bertha J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Richard L. Decker
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I thought this was a great book!
It really was like a cross between the hunger games and walking dead but I have no problem with that.
Published 1 month ago by ks
5.0 out of 5 stars this was an awesome book
Awesome book. Completely AMAZING. It is a lot like the hunger games though.
Published 1 month ago by #$W@Gbo$$
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't read this
Unlike others, I actually read this whole thing. I wish I would have stopped. This totally copies The Hunger Games and isn't even subtle in doing so. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Matthew Borchers
1.0 out of 5 stars Derivative Cash-in Mash-up of other Successful Franchises, be wary!
It's rare that I actually stop reading a book. After all, I already paid for it, reading it to conclusion doesn't cost me more than time at this point so might as well see it... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Adam Mikolajczyk
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting concept, quick read
If you like post-apocalyptic Zombie reads, this is decent. It was a good quick read, kept me going although thought the end was a little bit of a "whammy". Waiting for more ....
Published 4 months ago by Zeke
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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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