- File Size: 3481 KB
- Print Length: 296 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Captiva Publishing, LLC (March 23, 2012)
- Publication Date: March 23, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007O48SCW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #723,721 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Barely Alive (Barely Alive Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Paul was having a rough time of life and during a downturn he fell into the glamorous cult life created by a man name Dominic. Glamorous in the way of being injected with a virus that will kill you in twelve weeks and while you wait for your inevitable end you will be ordered around and tortured in numerous ways. Your body begins to die but your brain and strength get a strong boost right after injection and with every time you eat fresh flesh. Paul is fighting through it when he is ordered to take a group of other infected out to kidnap girls for Dominic's needs.
One of the girls they pick up is Heather and Paul just can't resist taking a little nibble. Finding her immune to the virus that was now beginning to take over Las Vegas, Dominic finds he needs Heather more than he needs Paul and he's willing to go to all lengths to get her. Including grabbing Paul's younger brother James as hostage.
Paul is a smart guy but so easily looses track of his thoughts. His inner monologues were hilarious. He easily jumps between finding a cure for the virus, to lusting over Heather, to fresh meat (preferably cow), back to the virus then right back to meat, meat, meat. He struggles with that, doesn't want to be one of the mindless killing fiends but needs meat to keep his body from quick degeneration. I am a huge fan of Paul.
Heather is a somewhat reserved girl but when she get riled up she's quite spunky. I think as she develops more in the series, I'm really going to enjoy her. The other sideline characters promise to be great, as well. They too are smart and funny and take the responsibility of, well basically saving the world, with a mix of calm collection and murderous importance.
Really my only qualm with Barely Alive was the end. As in, there really wasn't one. It's very abrupt. I see where it's headed and understand that it's a series and you have to end it somewhere. I just wish there had been either a little closure and a cliff hanger.
Regardless, I will be diving right into Falling Apart (book #2) and right back into the mind of a very funny seventeen year old sex addled, meat craving boy. Happily.
The characters are strong, especially Heather, and are all well done. The novel starts with Paul a young guy who has 12 weeks to live before he becomes a full blown zombie. He was injected by the virus by total creeptsti dude Dominic, who create the virus. What a nice guy, right?
Paul and his buds are supposed to go out, grab some girls, and bring them back. But they don't expect that once they have the girls they'll fight back. Paul has an instant attraction to Heather and so do we. She is definately the girl to stand up to these people.
Once it comes about that she's immune to the virus, true love is born.
A surprising read with enough twists and turns to keep you interested and reading in bed until you can't keep your eyes open any longer. A keeper of a book with a great plot, and characters you can root for.
This is a great book and I love this take on zombies keeping there human side while fighting off their need for meat! Paul is a good looking athletic teen with heart and you have to like him. The other characters are very real and the story line just pulls you in.
This is part of a trilogy and this is book 1 of the Barely Alive series. The story continues with Falling Apart and Mostly Dead.