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Z 2134 (Z 2134 Series Book 1) by [Platt, Sean, Wright, David W.]
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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)
  • Publication Date: October 9, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009KTA8YA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,709 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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Z 2134</b></I> is like <I>1984</I> and <I>The Hunger Games</I> all rolled into one. There is a central, all-powerful and all-controlling government. The cities are patrolled by a police force called Watchers and you definitely do not want to run afoul of them. The citizens must step in line or face certain death. And of course there are the Darwin Games, and if this isn’t a rip-off of <I>The Hunger Games</I> then I don’t know what is. Several contestants participate in the Darwin Games periodically for the amusement of the general populace. It is a fight to the death in which there can be only one survivor/winner. The Games take place outside the cities in the barrens, which are infested with the walking dead. Not only must the players watch out for each other, they must constantly be on the lookout for zombies. The last surviving contestant is whisked off to City 7, a paradise where the winner can live in freedom and luxury for the rest of his or her life.

This sounds like an amazingly good book, even though it is an obvious ripoff. But oddly enough, it just didn’t do anything for me. I started listening to it and in less than an hour I realized my mind was wandering and I had no idea what the book was about. So I went back and started all over but with the exact same result. I finally had to face the fact that the book was just boring. The narrator’s voice was droning, the characters were uninteresting and unnatural, it just wasn’t working. So after a couple of attempts I moved on to another book.

I can’t say very much about the narration as I don’t feel that I listened to enough of the book to really say how Dan John Miller did. I mentioned above that the narrator was droning but I’ve heard Miller narrate a couple of other books and never had any problem with him, so I’m more inclined to blame the bore-factor of <I><b>Z 2134</b></I> on the writing and not on the narration.
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