When a deadly virus sweeps the country, Vivian Thomas sets out for California in hopes of seeing the daughter she gave up for adoption. Then her car breaks down, and she's faced with a choice. Give up or accept a ride from redneck brothers Angus and Axl, but she's prepared to do whatever it takes to reach her daughter.
The virus is spreading, and by the time the group makes it to California, most of the population has been wiped out. When the dead start coming back, Vivian has to figure out how to be a mother under the most frightening circumstances, cope with Angus' aggressive mood swings, and sort out her growing attraction to his brooding younger brother, Axl.
While searching for a safe place to go, they pick up a pompous billionaire who may be the answer to all their problems. Trusting him means going into the middle of the Mojave Desert and possibly risking their lives, but with the streets overrun and nowhere else to turn, it seems he might be their only chance for survival....
©2014 Kate L. Mary (P)2015 Tantor
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"Great story and narration"
A virus has hit major cities like New York; a small percentage proves to be immune, but most people are dying in the streets and the cities are quarantined. Travel is restricted with military check points on the road, but most of the country continues to semi function. But despite the quarantine the virus is spreading. Vivian is a stripper trying to make it to her daughter and has to rough it with brothers Angus, Axel and others she meets on her way. Her daughter, Emily, is the only kid I ever liked in a zombie story and I was a bit surprised about what happened.
Unlike other stories, the apocalypse doesn't just happen in one day, this felt a bit more realistic. I liked this beginning of the apocalypse tale. Some things weren't realistic though, like how they didn't know the dead were turning into zombies becuase they burned the bodies. Millions of people suddenly die and not one body is missed and not burned? Not going to happen. We've seen those pictures of FEMA camps with all those black coffins where bodies will be stored.
More importantly though is the bizarre relationships between Vivian and the two brothers. I think the friction between them was way over played. I mean Angus slapped her and yet she still crawls into the tent to sleep next to him. Yeah, she is in a desperate situation, but I don't think I'd ever accept being slapped. And the difficult "romance" between her and Axel? Weird. A man isn't going to treat a woman he likes like that, and she accepts it? I have to just throw my hands in the air and exclaim that I don't understand women.
Narration was just amazing. There were plenty of characters and Hillary handled them all perfectly.
"WAY too much 'How I feel right now" story lines."
The GREAT story line had so much potential and kept me listining to the end. The main problem I had was the ongoing, and going, and going development of the main character. At a certain point early on I felt like I knew who she was so lets move on and kill dead things and survive. The story could have been hours shorter with not so much filler and easily been another four star selection. That said, I will buy the next selection to see what happens after the door opens (see I did listen all the way to the end), but I'm affraid it's going to a predictable bad good guy controls the fate of previously established strong characters who wouldn't take any crap.
"Not something I've read before"
I happen to be looking at a Facebook thread where someone was asking for suggestions on zombie books in audio format. The author of Broken World, Kate L. Mary posted a link to her work and I decided to give it a shot. I'm glad I did. Broken World is unlike any Z-book I've read to date. Take a minute and let that statement simmer. Considering I've read more Z-books than the average Joe, that's a pretty staunch claim. I know what you're thinking... "But Shaaaaa-aaaay, zombies are zombies. There's only so many ways you can spin the same tale."
You, sir/madam, would be WRONG! I know, I know...even I've made the same claim, but I'm happy to admit my claim was inaccurate. Kinda.
Broken World is what I like to call a slow burn. The audiobook is almost nine hours long, and there aren't any zombies until somewhere around the fifth hour. Normally I'd be very annoyed about buying a zombie book without zombies for so long, but I was intrigued by the journey the author laid out for readers. The story starts with one character, Vivian, and continues to tell her narrative as she attempts--and struggles--to drive cross country. It's a strange world, one where citizens are required to have 'papers' that show they are free and clear of an infection and safe to travel.
Like a magnet, Vivian attracts a ragtag bunch to travel with. Some well intentioned characters, some sketchy ones, and one hideously written jerk. Okay, so the writing wasn't hideous, but the character was written as a blemish on society. I hated Angus with a passion, even when he showed (very) brief glimpses of humanity. What I got from him was much like that old nature vs. nurture argument. And I suspect he is most definitely a product of his environment. Much like Stevie Kopas' Moira and Michele characters in The Breadwinner Trilogy, Mary and Kopas share a talent for writing characters so despicable they evoke a strong reaction from readers.
My hope is that when I continue on to book two, which I will definitely be doing, the back-story laid in book one will be established and it will jump straight into the action. I wanted to give this five stars, but because of the time it took to pick up, I couldn't. Mary's characters are definitely three-dimensional. They have distinct personalities that shine through and are well-rounded. All said and done, I really enjoyed the book and am thankful the author suggested it. Lastly, the cover was really well done in my opinion. It's such an important piece of the puzzle that many authors skimp on, and I'm glad she didn't.
"Give it til the middle"
slow start but the characters keep you in it until the action picks up. different start than most zombie books.
"Not good. Not good at all."
The story is an adolescent romance with zombies. The protagonist is skanky and just generally a horrible human being.
The narrater actually makes the terrible story worse. Her accents are annoying and every sentence that she reads for the protagonist sounds like an SNL valley girl. Other sentences that should be read lightly are spoken like the kid who says "for-ev-er" in Sandlot.
"Not a likable main character"
This is one of those books where the author threw in a couple of zombies and called her teenage romance a horror novel. I don't know how anyone other than a fourteen year old boy could enjoy the ridiculous obsession with fake boobs. I actually ordered the second book just to see if it got any better and was grateful when I had to return it because of audio problems.
"Good overall story with a different twist!"
Slow burning tale!
There's a moment about 2 hours before the end where the tension of will or won't they survive kicks in to high gear. From there things just keep getting amped up.
I enjoyed the story overall. I found that it had a good slow burn to it. Enough action to keep things moving, but not so much that you felt exhausted every time you read it. I liked how the zombie part of the storyline kept developing and became more than just, surprise, the dead are coming back to life. They had an evolution all of their own.
The one area I struggled with was the relationship that was developing(or not) with the main characters. I understand the main character has a flawed relationship with men and that played into her decisions, but the will they won't they romance aspect got aggravating for me.
However the book ends in such a way that you can't help but want to know what happens next, not only for the main characters but for everyone that has survived thus far.
"Exciting yet Feasible Story"
I really loved this book and can't wait to read the next. I don't think the description does it justice....
"So So. Excellent narrator."
Started out as a tale of survival. Then became yet another zombie tale with love interest that did not really fit the story.
Main character was the narration point; written from her perspective. Not a very likable person so I found myself not caring much about her.
"Great Zombie Book!"
This book has a strong plot and a terrific narrator. The story focuses on the relationships between characters as well as surviving in the zombie apocalypse. I would compare it to the show "The Walking Dead". I really enjoyed listening to this book and would recommend it.
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