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Z 2134 (Z 2134 series) [Kindle Edition]

Sean Platt , David W. Wright
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (245 customer reviews)

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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

Editorial Reviews

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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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,901 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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79 of 99 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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29 of 36 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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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grown up Hunger Games..with Walking Dead thrown in December 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
So last night I ignored family and read all of season 1...I am a avid Walking Dead fan, many women are. Zombie thing I find creepy but it is the human interaction because of the zombies that is so fascinating. New government, new cities, I love it. Long ago I snuck my Dad's copy of Running Man...I think I was 8... Parents got a note home from one of the nuns that I was falling asleep in class. I was terrified! Couldn't put the book down. There were parts of this story that reminded me of that book. However, these stories are all on their own. I am so glad I was able to read all 4 as I have the patience of a 2 yr old.

Imagine my shock to find out there is no season 2??? I immediately hunted author down on facebook and demanded to know where it is. His response was Amazon had to ask for it...seriously???!! So get with it Amazon..I have talked over 20 people in to buying Kindles....I have bought 5 for others. You owe me . ;)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Surprised August 23, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've got to admit, I only picked this up because it was either super-cheap or totally free when I snagged it. And when I first started reading, it was hard to shake the thought of "OK, so you took 'The Hunger Games' and added zombies. Way to be original."

Somehow, though, Wright and Platt took what felt like was going to be another cut-and-paste dystopian future tale and created a unique world filled with real people with real depth that will consistently surprise you. It only takes a couple of chapters to pull you in and have you totally invested in the lives of the people in this world.

I started reading because it was the only thing handy and I had some time to kill. Now I'm counting the seconds until the next episode!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the same old zombie story
z2134 started out slow but soon got exciting. Like the story of zombie games. It was different from the same old zombie stories. I'm now enjoying z2135. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Sandra P. Ludwin
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the Hunger Games Ripoff
Anyone comparing this to The Hunger Games is simply doing so because that is the most recent example of this type of story. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Trite Dialogue
This is the most I can say - the dialogue is clunky and cumbersome. I tried to get into it, but I couldn't read more than the first few pages. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Momph
4.0 out of 5 stars It's not about the zombies, it's about the people
Yes, many of the reviews here will say that this is a cross between the Hunger Games and Walking Dead, but I don't agree because I've never read the Hunger Games. Read more
Published 1 month ago by FJ1200
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but...
The differences between the authors' writing styles were so obvious, that it was jarring to switch back and forth. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sarah
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth your time
I started reading this book and it was about four other books I had read put together. So I really kept waiting for it to put its on spin on it and stand on its on. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John Kevin Witt
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Well written and different from other zombie stories. It was a wild ride, one that makes you read it till the end without putting it down.
Published 1 month ago by C.J. Herring
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't get through it
It was such a blatant rip off of the Hunger Games I stopped halfway through and didn't regret it for a second.
Published 1 month ago by Kyle Dollar
4.0 out of 5 stars Once you get over with the Hunger Games comparisons, you'll enjoy this...
For the first episode or two, I couldn't stop comparing the book with The Hunger Games. Yes, the Darwin Games are different in many ways (I read somewhere that the authors had not... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jarkko Laine
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked to another one of Sean Platt and David Wright's serial
I read z2134 knowing that I'd be hooked. So now I have to read Z2135, and season two of Whitespace. I enjoyed the concept of the story and the characters are interesting and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Parker
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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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Mar 25, 2013 by Joseph H Haddad |  See all 7 posts
Kindle app not updating
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 Amazon Customer |  See all 16 posts
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