The First Days by Rhiannon Frater
(As the World Dies, #1)
Format: paperback from Danielle @ Ramblings From This Chick
Read: 10/4/2011 — 10/5/2011
In Six Words: Loved the writing, not the zombies.
1. The First Days
2. Fighting to Survive
The morning that the world ends, Katie is getting ready for court and housewife Jenni is taking care of her family. Less than two hours later, they are fleeing for their lives from a zombie horde.
Thrown together by circumstance, Jenni and Katie become a powerful zombie-killing partnership, mowing down zombies as they rescue Jenni’s stepson, Jason, from an infected campground.
They find sanctuary in a tiny, roughly fortified Texas town. There Jenni and Katie find they are both attracted to Travis, leader of the survivors; and the refugees must slaughter people they know, who have returned in zombie form.
Why I Started Reading This Book and General Thoughts
After reading Felicia’s five star (wine glass) review, I figured I had to give The First Days a shot (a sip?). I wasn’t exactly sure if zombies were my thing, but with a book that has gotten a few rave reviews, I thought it would be worth it. It was, in a way. I did learn that I am apparently not a fan of the zombie/post-apocalyptic genre. I think that the constant danger and threat of dying keeps me from getting attached to the characters and story. I, um, need my happy endings?
A More In-Depth Look
Despite not being a zombie fan, I am most definitely a Rhiannon Frater fan. From the opening lines, Rhiannon Frater draws you in with chilling descriptions and a sense of foreboding that refuses to dissipate. Reading The First Days left me feeling on edge, waiting for the next catastrophic event to happen. I found the characters to be interesting — flawed, but honest and real, even if the characters occasionally got on my nerves.
In many ways, Jenni and Katie are complete opposites. And yet, the two of them have been thrown together — by chance and luck, no less — and form a strong bond. The adage that opposites attract works well for the relationship between Jenni and Katie. They both fulfill an important role in the other’s world. Eventually we meet more people who will become central to our characters: Jason, Travis, Juan, Ralph and Nerit, all of whom are vital to the story in some way.
I found myself putting the book down a lot, though I suspect the reason for this is has to do more with me than anything related to the book. The post-apocalyptic genre doesn’t quite appeal to me. If you do like this genre, or you like zombie horror stories, The First Days will a book you do not want to miss.
You Might Enjoy This Book If…
Zombie and horror fans will probably enjoy The First Days.