With 99.7% of the Earth's population dead and gone, the few who remain struggle to survive in an empty world. The scattered. The leftovers. These are their stories. Meet Mitch, a father infected with the zombie virus. He knows he has 24 hours until he turns. Maybe a little more if he's lucky. He's been a half-assed father. Checked out. Distracted. Can he find a path to redemption in his final hours? Can he make sure his kids are taken care of before time runs out?
Meet Travis, a 23 year old wimp who ran away as his parents were murdered by raiders. Now he surrounds himself with towers of scavenged booze and prescription pills. He only wants to numb the pain. Then he comes upon the men who killed his family. Now he has a choice.
Meet Erin, a 16 year old girl taking care of an eight year old orphan. Six months ago she was worried about prom. Now she worries about zombies and raiders and feeding a little girl.
Meet Teddy. Meet Baghead and Delfino. Meet Rex and Ray and Lorraine. Meet the utterly lost who look for meaning in humanity's fading glow.
©2016 Tim McBain and L.T. Vargus (P)2016 Tim McBain and L.T. Vargus
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"zombies are only one part of what drives this book"
When I reviewed the Audible version of The Scattered and the Dead, Book 0.5, I totally got lost in a new universe. The Scattered and the Dead 0.5 follows only one person Decker. The Scattered and the Dead Book 1 is a much larger cast and time period. The easiest way to illustrate this is to list the character’s names and where their stories start in Book 1:
Rex 68 days before
Baghead 9 yrs, 126 days after
Mitch 43 days before
Travis 44 days after
Erin 29 days after
Teddy 69 days after
Ray 3 days before
Lorraine 3 days before
As you can tell by the listing above, the book is not linear. It tells different people’s stories with very different starting points. For example, Baghead’s story begins over 9 years after the event while Mitch’s story begins 43 days before. This was the hardest part of the book for me, the chronology. My inability to keep the chronology straight was a very minor downside for me. The story was wonderful. There were characters like Erin and Mitch that I connected with. And then there were characters like Teddy that made me want to jump into the book and warn the other characters to avoid him at all costs. The ages of the characters vary also from children to middle age.
The situations that characters exist in are not static. Some characters are perpetually moving, either for foraging or for unknown reasons. Some are hunkered down and just trying to survive for as long as they can. The undead are not the worst monsters in this book. I think the authors do a great job of painting the human monsters in vivid colors. In fact, I can readily visualize some of those human monsters living here in the United States, now, without the apocalypse to create them.
As I said in my review of Book 0.5, the authors have created a post-apocalyptic universe that feels different than many of the other I have read (and I have read many). If you like the post-apocalyptic genre, this is a great series. Even if you are not a zombie fan, you will still like this series. The zombies are only one part of what drives this book.
The Audible version of Book 0.5 was fabulous and so is Book 1 also with excellent production values. The clear strong voice of the narrator of Book 0.5, who happens to be one of the authors, also narrated Book 1 with the other author, L. T. Vargus. Tim McBain and L.T. Vargus did a fantastic job narrating the book. They both have pleasant voices to listen to. Perhaps having authored the book helped in their ability to narrate it so well. They did not seem to be reading it as much as telling it, as one survivor after another shared their story with the listener. It makes for a very intimate narration.
Audiobook was provided for review by the author.
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After reading, and loving, the ebook of this story, I was so excited for the audiobook! McBain narrated the 0.5 book, so I assumed he would be voicing this as well. I was pleasantly surprised to find out his co-author was duet narrating this one! It's so nice when an author also has a great voice. These two are awesome! I just hope they never give up writing to do voice-overs. If you like zombies, huge, epic sagas, and having your mind toyed with, you'll LOVE this series!
This was the official book 1 to the series. Book 0.5 was good as well but this works well as a stand alone. This is a great compilation of a few different people's experiences in the apocalypse. I am so happy L. T. Vargus decided to join in the narration in this book. Tim McBain did a great job with book 0.5 but I think it is much better with the 2 of them. Not many authors can do a decent job of narrating their own books, but these 2 do a great job! Looking forward to book 2!
Usually when an author narrates his/her own book, it doesn't go well. McBain and Vargus are rare exceptions to this experience. Not only are they actually good solid authors, but both do a great job with the narration.
To be honest, I'm pretty tired of the zombie genre and bought this book just because it was long and on sale. I thought for the price, why not? I'm so glad I discovered these two. Now I want more of their audio books.
If you like slightly horrific stories that are well-written, with developed characters and a good length, you'll enjoy this book. The story moves between 6-7 characters, with one chapter devoted to one character and the next chapter to another, and they rotate through all of them as the story goes on.
Their characters are interesting and have enough complexity that the story moves through the personalities and experiences of each person, instead of through a string of action scenes. You want to know what happens to these people in the end, whether you like them or not.
And unlike so many new authors who tell you about a scene, McBain and Vargus actually show you what's there. So parts of the story are actually visceral and creepy.
My only complaint would be: where's the audio for book 2.0? :)
"Huge fan, great book"
You will go through the first chapter. Your mind will be blown. You will be hooked. The character development is genius. The McBain/Vargus team are the only ones that can read this and have it done right. The authors read this and portray it in a way that captivates from word one. Get it. Now.
Never really been a zombie literature fan. This series has totally changed my mind.
The authors presetlnt this topic on a way that make it interesting, not your typical apocalyptic story.
Not a thing.
Can't wait for the next part.
"Story OK. Needs different narrators."
The story was OK. It seemed to me to be a little long winded, and the author uses terms while describing things that seem to come from a teenagers diary. I could tell the authors were very young... That's not a bad thing, it just sounded like they were trying too hard to describe everything using interesting adjectives. It became distracting to his listener. The real problem with this was the male narrator. I realize it's the author, and I'm sure he's a super guy and obviously a talented writer, but his narration.... he sounds like some surfer guy reading out loud at the beach.... His inflections seem incredibly forced and lackadaisical at the same time. The female narrator was fine, if a little stiff.
Yes. The story was intriguing, if a bit long winded. I didn't feel like much happened in the first book.
Tim needs to change the way he narrates. It's irritating.
There is a lot of describing of mundane doings. The author has a depressing outlook on life, and should see a psychiatrist about his pyromaniac tenancies. Tim doesn't pronounce the T sound when it comes at the end of a word. It was distracting. I enjoyed the interaction of the two girls , and L.T.s voice sounds like Scarlet Johanson., so that was nice. The book leaves very little explained or I didn't pay attention enough to figure out who was who. I'm not going to listen to it again to figure it out.
"Not for me"
Struggled to finish. Female story was lacking anything that would get a heart racing and her voice was INCREDIBLY MONOTONE. Wanted to see how Mitch saved his boys but even 80% into the book and Mitch on his way out I felt like it was just a dead end. No real precautions were being made. I am sorry as I know the author worked really hard to complete this book, it just wasnt for me. Others may LOVE it!
"Just a "meh" for me"
Okay... I'm not sure why other reviewers are raving about this book. It was okay but I wouldn't rave over it. Of course, it's making me wonder if I listened to the same narrator they did when they talk about how great he was. I get that it's the author and that's kind of cool but I almost didn't stick with it because of how monotone he sounded. It was painful at first.
So, the story itself... while slow in the beginning did really draw me in about 1/2 to 3/4 in so I definitely recommend seeing it through to the end. The end tied some storylines up nicely and didn't leave you wondering... which now has me prepared to go back and see if I missed something for the other story lines. I will probably get the next book in the series just to see if wraps up those stories and because I have another credit to use before the end of the month.
Like I said... it was just "meh" for me... not bad, not amazing. Not a waste of a credit but definitely wish it had lived up to the hype from the reviews.
"Another great installment"
This is a review of the audible edition of the book.
Wow, what can I say? I'm a big fan of Vargus & McBain and this series is just amazing. The story jumps around as we meet and follow several characters before and after the zombie apocalypse. It doesn't jump in a bad way though and it's easy to follow.
We get to meet Mitch, a dad with tow young boys, as he tries to prepare them for life alone, even while the world is trying to figure out what happened. We also meet Erin & Izzy, a teen and her new "ward" as they learn how to survive alone not long after the event. We meet BagHead & Delfino as they journey across the country almost a decade after the event. We also meet Ray and Lorraine as they try to get to safety before hell breaks loose..
This is an excellent book narrated by both authors! they do an excellent job and I look forward to the next installments.
I received a copy of the audiobook from the author(s) in exchange for an honest review and this in no way influenced by rating.
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