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Kellie's Diary: Decay of Innocence Paperback – October 10, 2013
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A small band of people from the community join together, along with Kellie and her sister Lydia, to seek out supplies to live on and another place to reside safely. Upon checking out a store for food and water, the group runs into two men who appeared agreeable enough and revealed they had access to a train that was converted into a living environment that housed a whole community of people. Although the men seemed eager enough to reveal the existence of the train, they refused the small party admittance onto the train. Anger developed, and for whatever reason the two men decided to attempt to kidnap the two young girls, proving pointless because it just got them shot in the head.
This portion of her diary ended with the smaller party racing to the location of the train, and trying to obtain access to boarding the train. Although the leader was ambivalent, with a horde of zombies right on the groups tail there wasn't too much to be done apart from taking the group on board and figuring out what to do with them afterward.
Although the writing from the perspective of a child can become tiring, the action included keeps the reader engaged to want to find out what happens next. There were many portions of the diary that would actually be better as a short film, or a mini series simply because seeing would be a little more captivating then reading.
The author also opted to include two short stories expanding on the lives of two characters: Sarah (the caretaker of Kellie and Lydia), and Dr. Crane (the manic child psychologist that abuses Kellie). Both stories help add a lot to Kellie's Diary entries by providing a sense of what happened before they met Kellie as well as how all the characters are intertwined with one another.
Definitely an interesting zombie adventure.
-- Decay of Innocence
When the Dead walk the Earth, the REAL demons emerge...
-- Death of Innocence
First, I need to point out that these books were originally published as 6 separate graphic novels, Kellie's Diary #1-6. Then they were published as two compilations. Kellie's Diary - Decay of Innocence (Kellie's Diary #1-3) and Kellie's Diary - Death of Innocence (Kellie's Diary #4-6). I was confused about this and ended up buying Kellie's Diary #2 after reading Decay of Innocence. When I started reading, I was like, wait I already read this.. I eventually figured it out. Looking back, I don't know what confused me so much.
Decay of Innocence starts off in January of 1993. At the start of the book, Kellie is 9-years old and she is living a fairly normal life. Gradually, we hear that more and more people are getting sick. By Chapter 5, we realize that something is terribly wrong. Kellie is stuck by herself at school and trying to escape the zombies.
Kellie is very smart and resourceful, even though she doesn't seem to know anything about zombies. Her first goal is to get to her house. Once there, when she doesn't find her family, her goal is to get to Oregon (to where her grandfather lives). She is hoping to find someone from her family alive.
Throughout the series, Kellie is very strong and does what she needs to in order to survive. She protects those she loves and tries to protect herself as well. She meets many people along the way, some good and some bad. And it seems like the zombies are not the worst thing left in this scary world.
I enjoyed this series very much. I started reading the Decay of Innocence during the Readathon last Saturday and when I finished, I immediately bought Death of Innocence and kept going. It was hard to read about the abuse Kellie suffered. No child should be forced to deal with such evil. It was interesting to read about the zombie apocalypse from a child's point of view (a child who manages to survive on her own for quite a while).
Fans of graphic novels and apocalyptic stories. This is definitely an adult book. There is a lot of graphic violence including child abuse and sexual abuse.
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