- Paperback: 298 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 14, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1438250800
- ISBN-13: 978-1438250809
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (364 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,387,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As The World Dies: The First Days: A Zombie Trilogy Paperback – August 14, 2008
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The First Days
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“‘This world is fragile.’ This truth lies at the core of Frater's intensely compelling first novel. This outstanding first effort, the first book in a trilogy, will appeal greatly to zombie fans, but the undead are merely the catalyst for a far more disquieting tale of societal collapse.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“The First Days is a lean, mean read. You'll blow through this faster than a herd of undead at an all-cheerleader buffet. Buy this book now so you can say you liked Frater before she became the Next Big Deal In Horror, because that's where she's headed.” —Dread Central
“This is a world where zombies existed in media before they became ‘real’ and there are a ton of little easter eggs throughout for zombie fans. Romero’s films are references, as is The Zombie Survival Guide.” —BuyZombie
“Katie and Jenni are first drawn in short, sharp sketches and fleshed out as the story progresses. By the end of the book I was laughing at their jokes and feeling what they felt, excited to see what happened next. The First Days plays on deep-seated fears and pushes the limits constantly.” —Café Libri
“From literally the first page, Frater pulled me in and never let go. The First Days had me thrilled, excited, sad, and happy. If you love strong characters, exciting plot and of course zombies then I'm sure you will love this.” —Book Chick City
“From the first page, the reader is plunged into a terrifying but riveting nightmare. Frater does not shy away from depicting the story in all its gory detail, never forgetting a healthy dose of black humor to keep things from sinking into bleak despair.” —So I Read this Book
“Everything felt so real and haunting. Beautiful. I really, really enjoyed this book. It reminds me of The Walking Dead in terms of the pace and the story progression. This is good stuff! Zombie fiction fans, this is definitely for you.” —Reading Good Books
“Every scene is packed with action, conflict, and zombie killing goodness. All the secondary characters Jenni and Katie encountered, from the husband and wife survivalists holed up in their gun store methodically sniping their infected neighbors, to the Reverend who saves Katie’s life and his dog’s at the expense of his own, were fantastic.” —All Things Urban Fantasy
“Terrifyingly realistic and vividly horrifying, this book is feverish and electrifying—amazing in every sense of the word.” —The Bookish Brunette
“Rhiannon Frater’s much-heralded debut novel The First Days—the opening salvo in her As the World Dies trilogy—combines two of my favorite genre fiction elements: zombies and the Apocalypse. The compelling narrative and endearing duo of female protagonists make this a ‘must read’ for anyone who considers themselves a fan of zombie fiction or apocalyptic fiction. Jenni and Katie are like Thelma and Louise of the Apocalypse. There is definite social commentary at play here and a healthy dose of zombie-powered pop culture references as well—but, for me at least, the thing that makes this novel so remarkable is Frater’s ability to draw the reader in to the minds of the two protagonists and experience the end of the world—and the beginning of a new one—through their eyes.”
“Holy smokes! This book was a wild ride of awesome. It reminds me a lot of The Walking Dead, with the heavy emphasis on survival and character relationships, and a healthy dose of zombie terror. All the secondary characters were glorious and each played an important role in the progression of the story. Jack the German Shepard made my heart sing with joy. Recommended for any Zombie fiction fan or those looking for a great character-driven postapocalyptic survival story.”—Smash Attack Reads
About the Author
Rhiannon Frater lives in Austin, Texas with her husband. She has previously written two different columns for Central Texas magazines covering the underground music and film scene. She loves zombies and Texas.
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Top Customer Reviews
When I got a few chapters into the book, I admit I had the thought that this was just another version of The Walking Dead, but it is not. You do fall for the characters, and some of their experiences are similar, but let me
assure you that the zombies are totally different, and the feel of the story is more raw and un-nerving.
I have never watched The Walking Dead and been scared to go outside at night to walk the dog. After reading The First Days, those noises you here-send little chills up your spine, because in Katie and Jenni's world...by the time you here the little noises...it's probably too late!
I would recommend this book and can't wait for the next book. I would recommend reading As The World Dies Untold Tales Volume 1 before going on to book 2, Fighting To Survive
Thanks Rhiannon for sharing your wonderful characters with us. Really like this book!
As Jenni and the other main character, Katie, flee the city, that's when we realize how bad their situation is. We join them on their journey to survival as they search for a safe place to stay. This book is genuinely about what happens during the first days of the mass infection and invasion of the zombies. Thankfully, as Katie points out, no one gest holed up in a shopping mall. Instead, Jenni and Katie find a group of ingenious people that have built a fort in the middle of a small Texas town. Once in the fort, the two women are able to slow down a little and ponder their situation. Katie really starts to grieve her dead zombie spouse. Jenni, however, goes a little loca as she tries to get her revenge by going on a zombie killing spree.
One of the geniuses that built the fort is Travis, who plays the role of main "hero" that every zombie story needs (and who is probably the only Texan in the book that's a little gun shy!). He is loved by everyone, including Jenni and Katie. Personally, I love how they both want his attention, but not really for the same reason. Or so we think at first. You have to love the good old love triangle and the jealousy that ensues. However, this isn't your average kind of love triangle...
I could go on and on about the great characters of this story but I'll stop at these three. The banter and the dialogue between the character is what really made this book enjoyable. I probably enjoyed the characters and their relationships more than the story itself, if that makes sense. The only little problem I had with the novel was the pacing. Everything seemed to happen slow at first, especially when they were just driving around, and then so much happened in the the last few pages. The ending was a great way to hook the readers and have them anticipate the sequel, but to me, it felt just a bit too rushed. Mind you, I bought the sequel right after finishing this book, so I guess Rhiannon knows how to do her job!
Even if you don't like zombie books, I think anyone could enjoy the main storyline, which is trying to survive in a broken world. The way the author depicted the survival of the characters was very convincing. I could feel their anguish about losing everyone they loved and their pain when they had to let go of their old lives. However, if you really can't stand gore and killing, you might want to skip this one. For those of you who LOVE zombie books, this is for you! You have to go and read it right now!
pool of blood. CREEPY!!!
I you, like me, love zombie themed books get your hands on this EXCELLENT novel! This is the first of three by Rhiannon Frater. It was first an on-line publication. Then it came up for sale on Amazon and I got all three. All are brilliant.
Frater stays true to all zombie culture. You "Shoot'em in the head" If you get bit or scratched you are going to get sick, die and come back as a hungry member of the undead. As zombies age they really start rotting. Zombies feel no pain and will crawl to get you even if they have no legs. They are hungry for your brains and sweet fresh flesh!
The author does a very good job of keeping the "survival" elements realistic; i.e. where and how do the survivors get food, gas, and supplies. I particularly love the way that the two female main protagonists are developed into "real" people. Very good character development for most of the men in this novel as well.
You can read dozens of zombie themed books and believe me, I have, and you will find many, many terrible books "The First Days" is a real gem. Now, not to give anything away, but the next two books are equally great. You can't go wrong with Frater.