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Samaire Provost lives in California with her husband and son. Her love of paranormal stories, odd plots, and unique tales as well as the works of Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Susan Cooper, Madeleine L’Engle and Stephen King has deeply influenced her writing. This is her first novel.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147831737X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478317371
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,975,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Samaire Provost lives in California with her husband and son.
Her love of paranormal stories, odd plots, and unique tales as well as the works of Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Susan Cooper, Madeleine L'Engle and Stephen King has deeply influenced her writing.

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By J Doe on December 31, 2014
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I’ve not read a ton of zombie books, but the premise of this one strikes me as pretty unoriginal: disease creates zombies epidemic, many people killed, friends on road trip to find loved ones. Been there, read the book, seen the TV series. That said, a good writer can take a stock concept such as this one and elevate it by giving the reader interesting well-rounded characters and fun or original plot twists. There’s nothing like that in this book. The characters and plot were pretty predictable. Still it’s readable and gory just what one would expect from a zombie story.

One problem I did have was the basis for the zombie crisis. I don’t buy that the bubonic plague could cause the problem as the author described. The bubonic plague is a bacteria, which can be killed antibiotics, particularly since the strain in question is supposed to be the 14th century version which was never ever exposed to modern antibiotics. Just dose everyone up with some streptomycin or doxycycline and call it good. A more plausible reason for a zombie epidemic would be a virus, which cannot be so easily defeated.
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Almost a novella in length, Mad World: Epidemic fits quite a story into its 160 pages - as the students make it home to find their families are gone and some seriously deranged people are wandering about their neighbourhood, they pick up a few stragglers and set off to the main evacuation point in Los Angeles.

I did have a few small issues with this book - firstly, one of the main characters picks up a gun and immediately takes four perfect head shots. It is mentioned that his family has an interest in guns, but this seems a little improbable - from what I understand, hitting a target in the head from a distance is quite difficult, let alone four times in a row. Secondly, as they travel to Los Angeles they find multiple gas stations that are fully manned, without any looting or rioting mentioned - surely the residents or staff would get wind of a possible disease outbreak and start stocking up, whether legally or not.

Apart from these niggles, I did enjoy the story - the disease angle is interesting and not one I've read before, there is a wide range of characters (including the token pregnant lady), and it's not all puppies and flowers - some characters die, there are bloody scenes and the zombies are proper freaky.

Mad World: Epidemic was a fun, roller-coaster read - I liked the characters, and there's a lot of potential in this for a great YA zombie series.
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This is twofer of the first and second books in the series. Mechanical construction and editing? Pretty darn good, and nice job there - hence two stars instead of just one.

The story arc has major, MAJOR suspension of disbelief, fact checking, and internal consistency issues. As it's written, this is not so much about a Zombie Apocalypse as it is about a 'Zombie Annoyance' or a 'Zombie Inconvenience'.

The west coast and adjoining states are abandonded to a fast acting zombie plague, but the rest of the country (and the world) doesn't really seem to be much affected.
They pop up outside the quarantine zones, but never seem to be more than an occasionally deadly nuisance. Life continues pretty much as it did pre-zombie era; houses, businesses, and public buildings aren't fortified or made zombie-resistant; zombie-resistant private vehicles aren't rolling off the assembly lines (and no-one is privately doing Mad Max-type conversions), and non-essential consumer goods like junk food and sodas are widely available, as is gasoline for civilian use.

The main protagonists keep making the same stupid mistakes and the same bad, BAD decisions and NOT dying: let's drive cross-country back into the quarantine zone; let's join a giant crowd at a relocation information center and set ourselves up for a Who-concert type stampede when (surprise, surprise)infection breaks out in the crowd; let's keep going into hospitals even though we know they're death traps and centers for the spread of infection; let's leave the guns in the car every single time we get out of the car, and put the guns out of reach in the cargo area when we get back in; let's split up and go rushing off into the dark looking for a lost child, and make lots of noise as we do so.
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If relentless terror fuels your reading pleasure, hop on this thrill ride to nightmareland, where a zombie plague is infecting the country from one coast to the other. A group of teenagers, children, a pregnant woman, and two little dogs head west in a van, led by Alyssa, a stalwart and resourceful young woman. Anxious to reunite with their families and rescue them if necessary, they encounter a never-ending onslaught of ordinary people turned zombies, finding along the way that their own valiant pack isn't immune. There's plenty of gore in this fast-paced, tense scarefest, but also much courage and heart (and brains). The ending offers a shock and the motivation to jump quickly to the next installment in the series, Sanctuary.
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By PamM on April 18, 2013
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Alyssa and Jake are excited to be on a senior acting class trip to Broadway. They love acting and the trip has been great. The great time soon ends when it seem trouble is breaking out back home. As they all rush to get back to find their families they only find horror. People are being evacuated to other places and now some of them have to find just were they are being sent. The class has many challenges along the way and some of them just may not make it. Seems scientist researching Black Plague victims have awakened an evil horror that just won't stop and continues to spread.

I always enjoy a good zombie book and this one didn't disappoint me. The kids in this book grow to become tough as they have many challenges to face. Just imagine knowing something bad is happening but not knowing where your family is or in some cases going home to see the bad thing they have become. They are not only trying to find family and friends but also trying to beat the spread of the virus and find safe places. Even if you don't like books with zombies this is still a great read. How the author gives the take on how the virus started and spread is a new one and I really liked it. The only thing I wanted to see was more details I guess you could say. It just seemed a few times it was missing. It is still a great and wonderful read for anyone who likes books with zombies or just a refreshing change of books. This has an original background that you will enjoy.
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