It's better to die by the gun than die by the dead.
Nina’s life was irrevocably changed when humanity’s dead began to rise.
Now, she lives behind the walls.
The barricaded cities, erected by the government to protect the remnants of civilization, have become a brutal dictatorship- causing the inhabitants within to starve, steal and claw for survival. Life behind the walls has become as terrifying as roaming the zombie-ridden landscape beyond.
Citizens trade what they can to gain food, water, and shelter. Nina has only one currency—her body and she is tired of submitting herself to the greedy hands of the self-proclaimed leaders.
An opportunity to escape presents itself in the fate of a young girl named Emily-Rose. For the price of a stale piece of bread, she is set for banishment from the city, and most likely a horrific death at the hands of the deaders. Nina tells herself that it is sympathy and not self-preservation that makes her follow the young girl out of the walled metropolis, and into the overgrown world beyond.
Unused to fighting the deaders, Nina tries to scrounge for her survival and against her better judgment, begins to care for Emily-Rose. However, when you have a bread-stealing liability providing your only back up, survival seems even tougher. Nina is forced to fight for their lives, and with every zombie slain, she becomes fiercer, faster – a grim reaper with her not-so-sharp butcher’s knife.
Along the path to a safe-haven that might not exist, Nina and Emily-Rose meet Mikey who introduces them to a new life they could not imagine, a life above the ground. However, this new world brings new dangers, and darker shadows than she knew.
Nina finds out that the deaders aren’t the only thing to fear beyond the wall.
And that fear will not be ignored, or Forgotten.
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A reader and writer of dark paranormal romances and zombie horror, plus a ton of other things to give you chills!
She lives in the United Kingdom with her three young daughters, husband and one scruffy dog!
Claire C Riley’s work is best described as the modernization of classic, old-school horror. She fuses multi-genre elements to develop storylines that pay homage to cult-classics while still feeling fresh and cutting-edge. She writes characters that are realistic and kills them without mercy.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I have no idea why I waited so long to read this book! I did not put it down after starting it. I lie. I did several times to look around (you know making sure my surroundings were still safe lol) and calm myself a little. I was leaning far enough on the edge of my seat so often that if someone would've tapped my shoulder, I would've done a face plant.
Nina is a wonderful character, so relatable. She is scared to death, but falls back on making jokes in her head so that she doesn't freak out. This is the zombie apocalypse so of course survival of the fittest has kicked in. Many have lost their morals. Nina still has a conscience (even when she wants to block it out) and tries to do what's right. Following it sometimes gets her into loads of trouble. She isn't a badass, and she knows it. She doesn't let that stop her from trying though.
All of the characters go through different moods and changes in the book. Some might not like this, but I thought it was very realistic. In real life, people usually aren't evil, nice, smart, etc ALL the time—sometimes strong, sometimes whiny, sometimes helpful, sometimes selfish. That's how humans roll even when we're not in highly pressurized, life threatening situations every day.
I loved the living in trees idea. Also I like that the zombies had stages, being easier to kill and smellier the longer they were around.
If you're looking for a horror/apocalyptic/survival story with a touch of romance, you should give this one a try. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series.