- File Size: 1318 KB
- Print Length: 288 pages
- Publisher: Love Lane Books Ltd; 2 edition (August 27, 2014)
- Publication Date: August 27, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00N46NXFQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,533 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Devin never thought he could find hope or love among the ruins of a broken world. Not until he found Noah.
Devin Reed is one of the last survivors of a virus that has turned the earth's population into living corpses…zombies. Devin lives and conducts daily hunts from high security penitentiary in Kansas State that provides his group of survivors with shelter and security. Devin returned from his last tour in Afghanistan to find the world gone mad. He lost everyone he loved to the plague, including his long term partner and love. Broken hearted and enraged by the circumstances he finds himself in, he risks his life daily to leave to hunt for supplies and any other survivors he can find.
One fateful scavenger trip changes everything when Devin and his partner check out what looks to be an abandoned farm house and find Noah Webber, the last of his family and the only person to survive a zombie attack. Each man has lost so much, and their attraction to each other is bound up in each other's survivor guilt and fear. Together Devin and Noah unite to fight the monsters around them. But it will take more than determination and firepower to win, it might take finding the courage to risk all for love and the hope of a future.
Just when I think I've about had my fill of all things zombie, along comes a story to remind me why this genre is so pupular. Dead Things by Meredith Russell manages to combines the heartbreak of loss, suspense, a post apocalyptic world, zombies and, of course, romance and has us sitting on the edge of our seats while doing it.
I especially liked her character, Devin Reed. He is the epitome of a survivor, complete with a lost love, a sense of futility about the present and yet he endures and perseveres. He's also a warrior, hot, and gay. Devin feels real, he is shut down emotionally, allowing only the pain of loss or anger to penetrate the barriers he has erected again any further vulnerability. There are other characters around that also seem authentic to the direness of the circumstances they find themselves in but Devin comes across as the most believable.
Noah Webber took longer for me to invest in. His attitude seems at odds with his history and background. And although we got a good explanation for his actions and outlook, it ended up irritating not only Devin but the reader as well. Luckily for the story, that faded away under the onslaught of zombies and the events that occur.
Russell adds in high suspense, to go along with the anxiety of survival and the prickling of hope for the future. The author solidly builds her story and keeps us guessing as we head into the climax and story resolution. It's fun, heartbreaking, white knuckle ride all the way to the end. If you are a lover of zombies and post apocalyptic worlds to go along with your M/M romance, then add this to your TBR list. It delivers what it promises. And that makes it one of Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words recommended reads.
Like most fiction of this trope, a small group of survivors has banded together in the most secure place they could find, a high security penitentiary. This place has become their world, complete with a dictator who makes the rules and expects everyone to follow them.
Cover art by Meredith Russell. Love the cover, it works perfectly for the character and gives a dark tone to the overall look.
When you are used to a certain world and being the top of the food chain, to suddenly be hunted by these monsters is a shock to everything you know.
This is where Dead Things comes into its strengths. Yes there are zombies, yes there is the fear for your life, yes people die. But at the core of it Devin is in a brand new world and he is struggling. He lost everything he held dear, his boyfriend, his life, and he has a sister that is his entire world because she is all he has left. He fights, but he doesn't have hope.
Then he meets Noah, a man who evidently is immune to the 'monster's bite'... and suddenly there is a glimmer of hope where there hadn't been any before.
The dilemma is, how much humanity must a man lose before he becomes little better than the monsters he is trying to kill.
A stunning world creation and bright vibrant characters, including two kick ass female characters, means that the tiny details of any normality are that much more stark.
There is no insta-love, no whining or crying, or sex every other page. This is a story of two strong men finding each other in a world gone to hell around them.
Recommended for people who enjoy good writing and graphic world building...
So again I'm going to say this to Amazon I wish you would make it where we can automatically by books by arthurs we choose from as they become available. Because this Arthur would definitely be on my list.
Noah was never actually developed as a character. Even when we heard the story from his perspective, everything about him seemed hollow. I kept waiting for him to solidify into an actual person and all I kept getting were these bits and pieces of bizarre, unconnected personality traits that just didn't up. It was very frustrating, especially since Devin and Emily were much more solid and easy to connect to. Emily was especially well done. At least all of her emotions always came across as genuine. Devin on the other hand was likeable up until the point where he seemed to slip into an emotional instability of a teenager. I'm very well aware that the idea was to show him as a man battling with his past and afraid to invest in the future, but none of his emotions connected to his ex or to Noah seemed genuine. It was all kind of muddled and shallow. Maybe if Noah was a stable character, Devin's attraction to him would not have come off in such a way. Either way, the 'romance' between them really didn't do much for me. On top of that, Corden just made me cringe. He was a complete and utter cliche. I mean, I understand that he was supposed to be the stereotypical bad guy but it would have been nice if he had a personality.
All in all, it was a decent action flick. I've read much worse. But I was disappointed because I expected more from this book.
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