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The Survivors Book I: Summer [Kindle Edition]

V. L. Dreyer , Holly Simmons
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Book Description

A tale of love, hope, and humanity set against the backdrop of post-apocalyptic New Zealand.

"Ten years ago, a deadly plague ravaged humanity. There were seven billion souls on our planet; now, there's just a handful. Our extinction event has come and gone, but a few of us did survive. We're the lucky ones, born with a rare genetic adaptation that gave us immunity to the plague. But the intervening decade had been brutal and unforgiving; so many more of us died.

"I was eighteen years old when I watched my family die one by one. Now, I am alone. I've managed to eke out an existence amongst the ruins of our shattered world, but there is so much danger that it's a miracle I'm still alive. I am a lone female in a world without rules; death stalks me at every turn.

"But I will not give up. I will not surrender. I am the last of my line, and I am determined to honour my family, even if I couldn't save them.

"My name is Sandy McDermott, and I am a survivor.

"This is my story."

Editorial Reviews


"The story is strong and it focuses on the human side instead of the events. That makes a good, strong story in my opinion." - Bookie Monster
"A layered, touching, powerful story of humanity and survival!" - Craves The Angst Book Reviews
"This story made me laugh out loud, shed a tear, and kept me completely captivated throughout." - SBM Book Obsession
" interesting read in that Sandy must learn to live and love again." - A Navy Vet...VT town, Amazon Top 500 Reviewer
"I highly recommend this book I loved it and can't wait for the next in the series." - Book Junkie Girls
"...this story gripped me right from the start. I was hooked into Sandy's world and the trials of living in a world where nothing is handed to you out the drive-up window and "Do you want fries with that?"" - Kristi Cramer, Author

Also By V. L. Dreyer:
The Survivors Book I: Summer
The Survivors Book II: Autumn
The Survivors Book III: Winter
The Survivors Book IV: Spring
The Survivors: In A Heartbeat (Short Story) 
The Survivors: Enigma (Novella, Patreon Only) -

Abigail Hawk Novels:
The Immortality Clause (The Immortelle, Claudia Bell #1)

Coming Soon:
At First Blush (The Immortelle, Dawn Fitzpatrick #1)
Love Thy Enemy (The Immortelle, Anya Karekanova #1)
Beneath The Dragon Sun (The Immortelle, Anya Karekanova #2)
The Traitor's Web (The Immortelle, Anya Karekanova #3)
The Age of Steam (The Immortelle, Sam Thorne #1)

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From the Author

Although this book does feature the undead, it is not intended to be horror. The Survivors is a little bit apocalyptic, a bit dystopian, a bit science-fiction, a bit zombie horror, but above all else it is a love story. To quote the very first blogger that got her hands on it: "(The Survivors is) a layered, touching, powerful story of humanity and survival." 

The story takes place in the Waikato region of New Zealand, ten years on after a killer plague erased the majority of our species from the face of the earth. 99.5% of humanity is either dead, or has been reduced to the (mostly) harmless, lumbering undead. The few people lucky enough to be immune to the disease have spent the last ten years struggling to live amongst the ruins of a dead society. 

For some people, the time hasn't been so bad. For other people - like our heroine and narrator, Sandrine McDermott - the last ten years have been a living hell. Without rules to keep people civilized, there's nothing to keep a lone female safe except her own wits. Sometimes, that's just not enough. 

Life has not been kind to her. In fact, it's safe to say that fate's been kind of a bastard. However, it's also a whimsical bastard. When Sandy injures herself and is forced to go looking for the medication she needs to survive, she finds herself on the receiving end of kindness in the last place she expects. She's forced her to reassess her place in the world, and her own humanity. 

The Survivors is a four-part tale that follows Sandy's evolution from the psychologically-damaged wreck that she at the beginning of the story, to the true heroine that we need to preserve our species from extinction. 

Somehow, some way, she must go from being one of the hopeless wanderers, to being our hope for a new tomorrow. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 3058 KB
  • Print Length: 409 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0473256274
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cheeky Kea Creations Ltd; 3 edition (July 4, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E9O790W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,482 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid, original story December 22, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Sandy rocks. Let’s establish that. A young woman who spent her transition years of teenager to adulthood in the midst of a undead apocalypse. It’s a touch of I am Legend meets Castaway. Yes, I said Castaway, because Sandy is resourceful. She doesn’t rely on schooling or brains, she relies on instinct and that is what got her to survive for ten years.

She is a loner and we know through her attitude and narrative that she has learned the hard way not to trust. She’s been used and abused and pretty much said, “heck with it, I’m taking this world alone.’ Which she has done quite well. She carries empathy for the undead, even using names to remind, perhaps herself , that they were human at one time.

When we meet her, Sandy has her survival needs down pat and a routine. Even to the point of being anal retentive about cleanliness. Ms. Dreyer does an excellent job of characterization. We get to know her, vision her, care and often cringe for her. I loved the flashbacks of how it all went down. I really liked when the flashbacks started, because Sandy was so darned normal. She’s not a military genius nor does the author feel the need to impress us with weaponry knowledge. The story stays true to what the character knows and has learned. Kudos. A good job by Ms. Dreyer. The story is strong and it focuses on the human side instead of the events. That makes a good, strong story in my opinion. I quite enjoyed it.

So why did I give it three and a half stars?

Ms. Dreyer has a gift of gab, and while she can pen well what she writes, sometimes she will over write. I don’t mean deeply describing a scene. I mean there were times where it took a bit of time to reach a point, writing about every little thing the character witnessed. Some things were not important.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, the apocalypse book I've been waiting for!! September 20, 2013
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Finally, the Zombie Apocalypse story I've been waiting to read!! This is an incredibly well written story that is not all about slashing zombies to live. There are zombies, and zombies as you have never seen before, very awesome, creepy and scary. But they do not take center stage and overpower the story for once. This amazing book follows the emotional journey of a young teen into her adulthood showing HOW she survives. What she endures, encounters, the real nitty gritty of what would happen next that is lacking in most apocalyptic tales. There is a realism in the characters in the book that is so often lost in apocalyptic storytelling. This girl/woman is not a superhero nor does she have paranormal powers. She is a real, believable quirky 'heroine' made strong through her having to face the end of the world as a high school senior and grow up or die. It was very easy to become emotionally invested in this story. I admit, I do not remember having ever cried so much in a zombie book before. This story has something that will appeal to all readers, not just fans of zombies, there is true drama, some romance, thrills, terror and of course the apocalypse. This book has become one of two Apocalypse books that are my favorites.
I cannot wait for the next installments to come out !
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A gifted copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

The Rundown:
In 2013, Ebola-X decimated the human population, presumably worldwide.

After losing her father and sister, her mother and grandmother, Sandy's left to live on her own at the young age of eighteen. After weeks of solitude, she ventures out of the secluded beach house where she buried her family, seeking desperately needed food and provisions.

This story starts ten years later in Ohaupo, New Zealand.

Sandy, one of the immune, has survived the apocalypse, the fall of humanity and even barbarous human acts over the last ten years, ever since a deadly virus stamped-out most of the worlds population and turned the majority of society into zombies. The world is a much different place and the small portion of civilization who remain due to an immunity, are no longer governed by the laws and rules once enforced, now washed out of existence.

Escaping horrific circumstances, Sandy has decided being alone is the way she wants to live out her days. So scavenging, hunting and pilfering from one town to the next until supplies run out, keeps her days busy and though her life isn't a good one or even a fulfilling one, she prefers the loneliness to the barbaric humanity thats scorned her.

That is until an accident sends her out of her hiding place and she meets a small group of people who revive her faith and hope as they hold civility close and exhibit a human kindness she thought long dead.

The Review:
I love a good zombie versus human story, especially when the story is character driven and the zombies aren't brain starved, staggering corpses. V.L.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I can't wait for the next book! August 23, 2013
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"It seemed like a cruel irony." From the first sentence I was hooked. You meet Sandy the main character of this series and you learn a bit of back story on how she go to the point where she is as the story begins. Ten years have passed since a plague wiped out most of modern civilization, leaving few behind that have a natural immunity to the virus. Sandy choices to stay away from other survivors because of past experiences with other other survivors. As the story develops Sandy must trust strangers after she is injured and then almost killed by a "zombie" that the virus has mutated with in. The undead are now faster and deadlier then before. The story really begins to unfold at this point. I enjoyed every seconded of it, the ending left me wanting more and I can not wait for the 2nd book in this series.
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Just couldn't stop reading. I really did enjoy every minute of the book.

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This book was amazing! A really great post apocalyptic romance! I am getting the next book now!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Read it!! P.S. I now want to visit New Zealand 😊
Loved it! Do not want to write any spoilers! So simply put this book will be enjoyed by fans of the post apocalyptic genre!!
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V. L. Dreyer (preferred name Vic) was born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand. She grew up in a home that valued literacy above all else, and she learned her love of books during childhood.

At the age of 14, she penned her first novel in the form of the original draft of the yet-to-be-published "The Gyrath's Gate Chronicles", which is in the process of being adapted to graphic novel format. Since then, she has written and illustrated five graphic novels, dozens of short stories, and goodness knows how many discarded manuscripts.

Shortly after high school, she co-founded the graphic novel publisher Blue Scar Productions with the aid of Alexandra "Blue" Saunders. Between the two of them, they recruited sixteen volunteers united by their love of comic books. Although Blue Scar Productions ceased to operate as a commercial entity in November 2011, Ms Dreyer has since gone on to pen numerous novels under her own name, and her pen name Abigail Hawk. Her preferred genres are science fiction, post-apocalyptic survival and romance - and sometimes all three at once.

Due to a medical condition that has made it impossible for her to work her day job, she is now focused on her writing, some freelance work, and helping new authors make sense of the minefield that is self-publishing.

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