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The Living Dead Boy [Kindle Edition]

Rhiannon Frater , Philip Rogers
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Josh Rondell is twelve years old and known as the "living dead boy" due to his rampant love of all things zombie. As the head of the Zombie Hunters Club, he's obsessed with preparing for the zombocalypse. Though no one around him really believes that zombies will one day rise to devour the living, Josh is convinced it just might happen. When zombies do shamble into his schoolyard, Josh finds himself the leader of the dwindling band of zombie hunters, and he is charged with protecting them all. Josh's baby brother, his closest friends, and the love of his young life try to survive as the undead take over their town. Trapped in his treehouse and surrounded by the dead, will Josh be able to save them all?

Includes a short story set in the same zombie world.

Editorial Reviews


  •  "It will be very difficult for the reader to keep from finishing the story in a single sitting. "Living Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters" will be virtually impossible to put down."- Living Dead Media
  • "This book has to be one of the most underrated books...It's easily one of the best books I've read in the last year. Fast paced, great characters, and unlike anything I've read before. I recommend this book for anyone who loves a good story, especially a good zombie story." - Contagious Reads 

About the Author

Rhiannon Frater works and lives in Austin, Texas. She loves reading, movies, gaming, and hanging out with friends and family when she's not tapping away at her computer on her latest story. She is the author of the As The World Dies Zombie Trilogy that was originally self published but was later picked up by Tor to be published in 2011. She is also the author of the modern day vampire novel, Pretty When She Dies and the gothic horror novel, The Tale on the Vampire Bride.

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  • File Size: 2193 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JN04B4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,290 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for Anyone Loving Zombies and YA Books. August 27, 2011
By M. Ford
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Rhiannon Frater is most definitely a master at creating believable zombie stories with memorable characters you both identify with and care about.

When you read this you keep in mind it is a YA book but I still kept forgetting that the characters were as young as she was writing them. At first it struck a discordant note for me because I couldn't fathom that children as young as they were (especially the MC) were behaving and thinking the way they were. But when I really stopped and thought about it this is entirely true to life. Heck I know 9 year olds who drink coffee.

The characters were well written and very well filled out. No one seemed fake or a throw away.

I cried several times, I laughed a few times, I cheered during their triumphs and gnawed on my fingernails when the situations got hairy. I had to watch an episode of Scrubs after reading so I wouldn't fall asleep with zombie nightmares (though they are some of the most interesting dreams I have). Everything I could ask for in a YA zombie novel was here.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fans will truly love this book June 23, 2013
By Crystal
Let me start out by stating that I absolutely LOVE all of Rhiannon's zombie novels and own both the self-published version of her zombie trilogy as well as the ones printed by Thor. With this out of the way let me start out by saying that her novel, The Living Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters is a kid's book. To label it a young adult book is a bit disingenuous because the style of writing is more for the 8 and under age. If I had a child in this age range I would not want them to read it mainly because it was riddled with typos and grammatical errors, which would not help them to learn proper grammar. Yes, there are also the same errors in her adult novels, but those are different in my mind. First, the errors in her adult novels are not as severe as they are in this novel. Second, adults who read her novels can easily turn off their English schoolmarm mode and simply enjoy the world and characters she created. The fact that "The Living Boy..." is intended for kids raised a red flag for me.

If you're a fan of Rhiannon's, like I am, you'll gobble up this book and add it to your collection. If you're looking to give this as a gift to a child, not a young adult, then make sure to READ it to them so that you can make the corrections in the narration. However, if you want an excellent YA zombie novel that a teen and sub-teen could read on their own, get Jonathan Maberry's "Rot and Ruin," series. His writing is on par with the writing of J.K. Rowling.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Zombocalypse from a kids point of view March 7, 2011
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Fresh take on the zombie genre.The main characters are all children who delighted in watching Zombie films and playing Zombie hunter only to find out when actual Zombies show up that its not all fun and games(parents die, they end up having to kill people and kids they knew etc.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick and enjoyable read February 3, 2011
By Gunther
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This book is written for a much younger audience than Frater's other books. As long as you go in with the knowledge that it is not a typical Frater Zombie novel you won't be disappointed.

Well developed characters and quick pacing make this a fast, fun read with some tense moments. The book is suitable for the young zombie fan as well as for older readers looking for an enjoyable diversion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for young teens... June 23, 2011
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I am a great fan of Rhiannon's adult zombie trilogy and as this is currently on a hiatus I thought I would fill the void. Although primarily aged at younger teens I found it to be a fantastic read (I am 40).

The story follows a group of young kids from the outbreak, their isolation from adults and the loss of loved ones. Through the journey you can see the growth of characters in the face of adversity, the strength of friendship and acceptance. That said, there is plenty of adventure with, of course, attacking zombies, survivalist tree houses, zip lines and a race to safety. So, if you have ever imagined yourself at school, the arrival of zombies, escape, the race to get home only to find that it is not how you left it and then wondering what to do next, then get this book, if you have not, get this book so you know what to do if it ever happens!

For anyone wondering who is book is suitable for, I would say anyone from age 12 up, it's a child's adventure encompassing all the emotions that I believe younger teens would feel. There is none of the explicit gore associated with some of the books in this genre and no sexual references beyond a growing sweet first love.

I believe this book would be a great gift, or additional to, any young horror fans library and for younger boys it is probably a relief from the whole vampire girlie love novels that are saturating the book shelves at the movement. If you are an adult and love the zombie genre, you should also read this book as it is a really character driven and a refreshing short break from the normal end of the world scenarios.

If you would like a taste of sci-fi/horror for a younger audience, I would also highly recommend the free short book, Flesh and Circuits, which is available in the Free Fiction section of the author's website.

A great read, highly recommended to all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read from Mrs. Frater August 17, 2014
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Let me say that I loved this book. It may be listed as a YA read, but you will enjoy it. The first books I read by Mrs. Frater were her zombie series, As The World Dies, which are very good. When I saw she had written this story, I didn't hesitate to buy it. It did not disappoint.

The main character is12 years old and is obsessed that there is a zombie apocalypse coming and he is training his friends to be ready. Everyone knows him as the living dead boy. But as usual, all of the grown ups dismiss his claims as a kids wild imagination.

This is his story and the story of his friends and how they manage to survive a desperate situation and have to make decisions that 12 year olds should not have to make. If you love zombies, there are plenty of those and lots of drama. At times I didn't think I could flip the pages on my kindle fast enough.

And as an added bonus- Mrs. Frater has included a bonus story at the end from a very interesting point of view of the things going on in this world. You will also enjoy reading it.

I highly recommend this book. So far, I have enjoyed all of Mrs. Frater's works.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book Fantastic Author
This is my new favorite zombie author - Rhiannon has written a fantastic story - very immersive and for us zombie lovers very possibly real enough to be what it will be like when... Read more
Published 1 month ago by mark earls
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I usually don't read zombie books, but I really enjoyed this one. The characters and plot kept me reading. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in a good read.
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good reading
very easy reading and hard to put down. I would recommend this book for the young readers who like stories of zombies. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for YA and adult zombie lovers!
This is another example of great writing by Rhiannon Frater. If you enjoyed her other zombie stories you will recognize her style. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kathy Hill
2.0 out of 5 stars meh
There was not a lot of character development. I didn't care about the characters that were killed because I knew so little about them. This is not Ms. Frater's best work. :(
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Family Friendly Zombie Mayhem
This was a quick read, as in it only took me a few hours to get through it. The best thing about the book is that it can be read by all ages. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Writer's Block
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for any zombie fan!
So I don’t normally randomly choose a book from my Kindle to read. I spend at least an hour thumbing through the pages, looking back at blurbs, and trying to decide what kind of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Elyse S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Boy Zombie Hunter Hero
Wish it had lasted longer - one of the best zombie books ever from a fresh perspective! Fun, exciting read!!!!
Published 4 months ago by ScrappinMom of 3
5.0 out of 5 stars Huge fan
My first experience with Frater's writing was the Last Days trilogy. I love "realistic" zombie apocalypse literature and the trilogy did NOT disappoint. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Christa
5.0 out of 5 stars great book!
This was a wonderful "be careful what you wish for" story. 12 year old Josh and his friends love zombies - until they become real and they realize what will have to be done... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Nichole
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More About the Author

I'm the author of the AS THE WORLD DIES ZOMBIE TRILOGY. The first novel in the series, THE FIRST DAYS, won the 2008 Dead Letter Award for Best Book (Fiction). The second book, FIGHTING TO SURVIVE won the 2009 Dead Letter Award in the same category.

Originally self-published, the As The World Dies books were purchased by Tor. The first book will be released July 5, 2011.

Also, the series is optioned to become a possible TV show in the future. You can also check out my vampire novel Pretty When She Dies, which has been optioned for a possible film. My book for the younger zombie fans, The Living Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters, has been optioned for film and the director hopes to start filming soon.

I previously wrote for The Edge Magazine and Rank & Revue (renamed Reloaded Monthly) in the mid-00s, before dedicating myself to my fiction writing.

I am represented by Hannah Gordon of the Foundry Literary + Media agency.

Contact me at rhiannonfrater at

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