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Solstice: a novel of the Zombie Apocalypse by [Burgess, Donna]
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"When it comes to characters, Solstice hooked me from page five, and shortly after, I'd grown so attached to them I dreaded turning the page. It's a rare book that has me desperate to know what happens next, but it's almost unheard of for a book to have me afraid to find out."-Jeff Clough, Maynedon
"11 or 12 stars would be apropos! Well-written, enticing, and captivating, this story will run chills up your spine-not the least because the situations it presents are entirely potential and plausible! The protagonists' coping with changed loved ones will tear your heart strings!"-Mallory Anne-Marie Forbes, Mallory Heart Reviews

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Tomas maneuvered the Rover slowly through the mounting snow, much more cautious since their near miss. If they skidded into a snowdrift, or worse, into a tree, those creatures could be on them in no time. As they entered the village, he noticed occasional movement along the deeper shadows of the buildings along the street. He was sure the figures were people, but in the darkness, there was no way to tell if they were... changed.

The place appeared haunted. Tomas had lived on the cusp of the village since he was a boy, and he'd never seen it so deserted. Snow mounded in front of shop entrances and, in some places, blew inside of busted street displays. The liquor store and the bakery both appeared to have been looted, as well as the small supermarket in the middle of the town.

The streamers from the Solstice festival were down, flailing on the snow-covered road like wounded snakes. As he eased the Rover closer to the intersection in front of the library and the public gymnasium, the vehicle lost traction and listed sideways, then found its course again. The headlights sprayed the road, and Tomas spotted something hanging from a darkened streetlamp.

A man, frozen and naked, danced on his tiptoes over the surface of the snow. A holiday streamer was wrapped tightly around his thick neck. His skin reflected the headlights; he was shiny, as if he'd been dipped in pale blue plastic. His bloated stomach folded over his genitals. Reflexively, Tomas slammed on the brakes, sending the vehicle into a true slide.

Leila gasped, but fortunately, not loud enough to wake Christopher.

"Oh, God," Melanie whispered.

Tomas clenched the steering wheel, cranking it savagely, but the Rover didn't respond quickly enough. The car plowed into the body of the dead man, sending him crashing into the windshield, his face pressing comically against the glass for one terrible moment before the body fell to the side, vanishing from sight.

The Rover came to a halt in the middle of the street, and Tomas sat behind the wheel a moment, his heart pounding and his hands trembling. He took a deep breath. "That was Frank Swensen."

"Who?" Leila croaked.

Christopher said, "I have to go to the bathroom, Daddy."

Tomas peered at his son through the rearview mirror. "Hang in there, buddy. I'll find a place in a few minutes. Okay?"

"'kay, Daddy."

Tomas pressed the gas, and the Rover rolled on. He winced as the body of Frank Swensen, public accountant and acquaintance for three decades, thudded against the front bumper. He glanced in the mirror once again, hoping Christopher wouldn't see. Thankfully, Melanie had taken his small hands in hers. She began singing a Mother Goose rhyme, dramatically forgetting her lines to allow Christopher to fill in. Tomas caught her eye in the mirror and winked. She smiled back, as warm as always, but there was terror in her eyes.

Tomas wondered if everyone he'd ever known outside his small, precious family was dead. Were he, Leila, Melanie, and Christopher the only people left alive? It wasn't plausible, of course. Many people were very likely the same as he and his family had been for the better part of a week--waiting in the safety of their increasingly cold and foodless homes, afraid of what was out there in the unending night.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1082 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: E-Volve Books (May 7, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 7, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0081L57OO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #725,764 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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First, the good: Not your typical zombie novel, Solstice imagines the undead creatures a bit different, which is a breath of fresh air. I found the writing to be quite good, the action fast-paced and the descriptions very vivid. I plowed through this book in one sitting, so anxious was I to see how it ended.

Now, the bad (which isn't all that bad, I swear!)-- This book doesn't delve into the scientific reasoning behind the sudden appearance of zombies or the constant state of darkness, which bugged me a little. I prefer at least a little science with my science fiction. My qualm was soon forgotten though as the story pulled me in deeper.

And thinking about it a bit further, I can see that not having the answers is more realistic. I mean really, when daylight suddenly disappears and grade school kids are taunting you with "I want to see how you taste," will it really matter what cataclysmic event is responsible? No. Staying alive will become the priority.
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I read a lot of sci-fi stories, but I couldn't stay with this one. Either the characters didn't grab me, or the pacing was just off. I didn't finish the story, and didn't realize I hadn't until I got the request for the review.
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Well for one thing it was a free book so I didnt expect the book to be anything but so so...it has typo's, misspelled words, plus in some areas the story didnt match example: in the first part of the book it explains that there was no moon because the sun was gone and sun light is what makes the moon shine at night, but in the middle of the book "melanie notices silhouettes against the moom.." LOL. Like I said the book is ok.
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OK, i really liked this book. The author really drew you in and made you cheer and weep with the people in the book. But let me say this...this is NOT a fairy tale, happily ever after book. Some of the people you cheer for will not make it to the end of the book, and it about breaks your heart. It's one of the few books that I have read that will actually kill off some of the important people during the story. The only thing that i would really like to know is, why. The why of the situation was never explored or even hinted at. No reason was given for why the world suddenly had zombies. I don't want to give away too much of the book. It would have also been nice to know exactly where it ended. It just kinda left you hanging. Hope this means that there will be a book 2 in the near future, please, please, please. Too many things left hanging not to have one.
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Solstice is different from your everyday Zombie or Rangers as they are called in this book. Tragedy happens and the world begins to end. People are transformed into Rangers, zombies who can talk to you and they love to taunt their victims. There is rumors of a safe place and some of the survivors try to find their way their. The only bad thing is the Rangers aren't the only ones you have to look out for. The bad and crazy people have come out as well.

This book follows several different characters and you get to see what they go through as they try to survive. Thomas is looking for the safe place along with his wife, son and friends daughter Mel. I found his the hardest part to read not because it was badly written but because it was so heartbreaking at times. You really feel him suffer as he tries to protect and hold his family together. The other story lines we get to follow are Stu and Tana. Stu is a high school teacher who holds up in a supermarket to try and save his students. Tana is on the run from a terrifing sight with her son and hides out in the supermarket with Stu and others. On Thomas journey they meet Stu, Tana and others as they talk about how to find safety and if it is worth the risk of running. This book will break your heart at times. Got to say the author isn't afraid to let people die and I love that. That might sound bad but no one is safe in this book and it is a refreshing change. I hope she continues this story cause i want to read more of it. If you want a thrilling and horrifying book with zombies pick this one up. Just know it will cause you all kinds of horror and your emotions will be out of whack when you finish this.
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It seems lately I have an appetite for zombie-themed books. I finished "Hollowland" by Amanda Hocking and then, on the recommendation of a friend, got started on this one. I finished it in no time because once the story got its hold on me, it just wouldn't let go until I had read the last page at 02:30 in the morning.

Everyone who has been following my reviews by now knows that I'm a big fan of the horror genre. And let's be honest: zombies are much more horrifying than vampires, werewolves and demons, which have become rather stereotypical and predictable creatures in every second paranormal novel on the market today. I suppose many will say the same about zombies, but "Solstice" gives a startling new meaning to fear with its depiction of the living dead.

I have to applaud the author for not holding back in her use of shock techniques to get the reader to fully comprehend the direness of the situations faced by the various characters, and the fear they're constantly experiencing knowing their lives and those of their loved ones could end at any minute. Can you imagine living in a world where the sun no longer exists and it being impossible to discern between day and night? How about being as frightened of the living as of your zombie neighbor trying to make a meal out of you or your child? Or even worse; your child being the zombie trying to make a meal out of you! But what really had me chewing my nails and my nerves on end was the constant darkness in which the characters couldn't even see their hands in front of their faces, and the terrifying sounds of running footsteps and howls behind them made by zombies and marauders chasing them down. All this while fleeing through burning cities they once called home.
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