Surviving the journey is just the beginning.
The last two months have brought nothing but death and destruction for Emma Rossi. She survived the initial zombie outbreak with her husband, Jake, and their dog, Daphne, but the cost was steep: Sanibel has fallen.
In a world where the only constant is change, the group is pushed to their limits before reaching the gates of Asylum, a coastal stronghold in Sarasota, Florida.
Once again, Emma must navigate an apocalyptic wasteland filled with relentless hordes of the undead and other menacing horrors that threaten her survival.
Only thing is certain. No one is safe from what lurks on either side of Asylum's gates. Sanity will be tested; and many won't live to tell the tale.
©2014 Permuted Press (P)2015 Shana Festa
When I read Festa's first zombie novel, ToD Induction, I read it in one sitting. Her writing style was gripping, and whilst not unique in plot, her storytelling was ruthless, the action non-stop, and I found myself fully invested in the survival story - and tragedies - of the Rossi's.
The narration of Sarah Tancer plays a definite part in how enjoyable this title is. Her delivery and timing is en pointe, and if you aren't a fan of audiobooks, I would recommend this as a definite starting point to try. You won't find many ZA books with better narration.
Asylum itself didn't get devoured in the same way as Induction - life got in the way, somewhat. So this time, I found myself mulling over characters and motives. The Rossi's have somehow escaped Sanibel with their lives, and through trial and error, find out about a safe-haven called Asylum. They decide to make their way there, and spend around 2/3 of the book doing so. There is no mundane filler in this title - the Rossi's do not collide around the US like hapless hobbits. They carve their way through the zombie apocalypse, and Asylum's action was as hugely enjoyable as the first.
I enjoyed more, however, the character development in this book. The events that the main characters endure are really starting to tell on their personalities, and Festa has taken time to make sure this creeps in throughout the novel's timeline. There are no blunt and unjustifiable changes in mentality that leave you scratching your head, trying to figure out what went wrong.
The twist at the end, whilst perhaps predictable in parts, was grimly satisfying, and we've been set up on a grand cliffhanger for the next novel. I can't wait to get my hands on the next installment in this series, and this is one zombie writer I implore you to try. You won't regret it.
Don't trust anyone
Vinny, because throughout the books he was consistently himself; a douche bag with a heart.
I enjoyed her narration of the book she gave the characters a voice that helped make them more real.
No. I didn't want to listen to it in one sitting. I listened to the first in one sitting and missed key points in the plot line. I took my time with this one a few chapters a night and I found that worked better in prolonging the suspense in quite a fast paced book.
Overall I really enjoyed it as a sequel. I found the characters believable who at this juncture are two ish months Into an apocalypse and haven't got their act together yet. The writing is witty and sarcastic, and keeps much of the linguistic flavour from the first book. As always with this particular writer, she still enjoys pulling the rug out from unde/ / / r your feet just as you think all might be okay. Trust know one or anything whilst listening to this. I found the loss of everyone they meet a little annoying, there where some good characters that I would have liked to see go on further into the book. However, the plot twist and deaths I often didn't see coming which was a refreshing change to others of this genre I have read. I was a little disappointed in the end. For a book that had managed to keep its twist and turns going the end seemed a little predictable and lacking in suspense. Despite this I'm still looking forward to the third instalment to see where that leads..... hopefully somebody will still be left alive.
Yes. The first book wasn't bad and the narrator is very good in my opinion.
Pointless repeat question of one above.
Nothing. As I always say audio books can only ever be worse than reading the book yourself if the narration is bad and paints the scene unlike how you see it yourself. The only extra part is the voicing of characters, but even that we tend to do when we read a book, or those with imagination do so. However, that said I do like this narrator. She did a good job.
I'd not really cut things as such, but change them certainly. What I liked about the characters from the first one was largely gone in this. The action was less believable and general character actions massively unlikely.
Main character seems to lose her M4 rifle at some point as she never seems to carry it. Even if noise is bad and you may use melee weapons as preference you'd still be prepared to go loud rather than die against a mob of un-dead - right?
They go into a house and find a zombie in a room that has been stuck in there for two months. Me I just shut the door and loot the house. But no, they nearly die trying to kill it. And this is a trend in the book where they struggle to kill one or two zombies repeatedly, but then on one or two occasions take down packs of twenty in the space of a paragraph without breaking a sweat. Lacks consistency in their abilities as a group.
In this book despite them always going on about noise the author has them repeatedly shouting, screaming and fighting with each other in the open or other unsafe places for such actions. Nobody is that stupid.
The ending is also a bit silly in opinion as well. I'm all for a brainless character, but really what does the MC really expect CDC scientists to be doing with the drugs she got and zombies? I guess we find out in the next book - if we read it - but what does she really think is likely with their skills and that combination of things?
In short the book is not horrible. I still liked some of the humour, and some of the scenes in the book. Certainly this group of people is one I'd avoid as they are pretty incompetent and a death sentence for anyone they meet too. I just didn't believe people would act the way they did in a lot of situations. IE screaming a lot, or walking backwards for a long stretch, which is like walking forwards with a blindfold on. Who does that in a land where every corner can hold something trying to eat you?
"Amazing Second Book."
I loved book 1 of this and eagerly dived into it. I thought that the author couldn't top the first, but I was wrong!! She didn't just top it, she smashed it. This was amazing!!
Emma, Jake, his sister and brother all managed to survive the downfall of their safe haven but now they have to travel to the only known safe house, without falling to the zombies. Can they make it there alive and is the place all it's cracked up to be?
Emma is once again her plucky spunky self!! She is like a breath of fresh air amid a foul scent. She is the heart of the group and tries to keep them all together while keeping her sanity. Her bond with her dog is amazing and at times so funny! Daphne has such an awesome personality and it's so nice to have her in the book too.
Jake is falling farther into himself and at the loss of a certain character, he seems to turn a corner, though not for the better. My heart broke so much for him and Emma and I just wanted to hug both of them. She is trying to stay strong for him but she also won't put up with his s**t either. I loved that about her!!
The Asylum seems to be a wonderful place from the outside but when the gang gets there, they see it for what it is! I loved the fact that the author created a safe haven but added a twist to it also.
There is a lot of new characters in this one but, in true Shana Festa style, there's a lot of death too! She sure knows how to make you love a character only to rip your heart out half way through the book!! She is an evil genius ;)
Anyway, Asylum was fantastic. It's hard to find a good story thrown into a zombie book, but Shana Festa has managed it. She makes you become invested with the characters and world and has you turning the pages as quick as you can to see what happens next. I flew through this and now I'm kind of sorry I did, because I need book 3, like yesterday. This is an author to watch because her writing is amazing. While reading (well listening) to the book, I had so many feels, at times I was gasping, at times crying and at others I was shouting NOOOOO! If an author can manage to make you feel all that and more during a book, then you are guaranteed a winner!
In all a phenomenal second book and one I know I will read time and time again. I can not wait for the next installment, though I may need time to get over book 2 first. My heart can't handle much more ;)
I listened to the audio and once again, Sarah Tancer does an amazing job. She has Emmas personality down and knows when to give her all!! Highly recommend.
"Best Z novel I've heard in a long while"
Amazing story that just flows so well that it's hard to put down. The author and narrator do an impeccable job of bringing this story to life. This isn't one of those books with unbelievable super human lead characters as so many are in this genera, but instead it's told from your average slightly eccentric American girl next door. The characters are well developed, likable, and humanly relatable.
My advice... As an avid zombie novel fan - don't let this series pass you by. This is an amazing story of survival which will captivate both zombie and non zombie fans alike.
To the author, hurry ! I can't wait for the next audible installment! Wish more authors wrote like you and Keith of the mountain man series with real and relatable main characters instead of all the tired GI joe / military hardcore wannabes that litter this genera and have watered it down. You have refocused the zombie genera to its glory days.
"What a book!"
Absolutely. This book was fantastic. It was descriptive, exciting, passionate and mysterious. I want more.
This story keeps you going right through to the very end. "Sharp teeth had cut through the rotted skin", and "Blood squirting like a sprinkler" are just an example of the writing to look forward to. I was addicted to the text, constantly wanting more.
She is amazing at portraying the emotion of the situation. I love her characterisations too.
I thought this book was fabulous. It is the second book in the series and is as good, if not better, than the first. Emma, Jake and Daphne find themselves still surviving the zombie apocalypse after escaping Sanibel. Constantly hungry and thirsty they make their way off shore and on toward their new safe haven, or at least what they think is their safe haven. Things aren't always what they seem on the surface.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
Time of Death: Asylum" by Shana Festa is the survival horror sequel to "Induction" and continues the story of nursing student Emma Rossi, her husband Jake, her dog Daphne, and Jake's siblings, Vinny and Meg, as they try to ride out a zombie apocalypse.Emma once again narrates her group's trials and tribulations as it encounters danger around every corner. A very good Book 2 for this series.
"WOW! Must have for any zombie lover's library."
Definitely! This book is non stop amazing. I am going to listen to it again tomorrow it is just that good.
I am now a Shana Festa stalker for life. I absolutely love her writing style and snarky characters. This book has you laughing out loud one minute at the groups crazy antics and jokes, cringing the next from the wonderful gory descriptions, and then sniffling a little bit from the emotions the characters show when they are dealing with the hands they get dealt. It would be so hard to keep your sense of humor while surrounded by so much death- but that has to be the key to keeping sane.
I listened to the first Time of Death read by Sarah Trancer. She does a fantastic job. Not only does she have a great reading voice, but she nails all the different voices and little 'extras' that each character has.
Beware the asylum.
Audiobook purchased by reviewer.
"snark + zombies + dog = a whole lot of fun"
This is a review of the second book in the Time of Death series, please listen to that one first, then come on back here.
Let me break this story down to it’s basics, snark + zombies + dog = a whole lot of fun. Yes really that is all you need to know. But if you want more, please keep reading.
Asylum is a fairly unique tale. Because its main protagonist is a female medical nurse who has no survival skills other that what she has learned through her apocalyptic adventure. So, this second book picks up right around where the first left us. Where Emma and her husband sought refuge in a house boat. Seemed like a good idea at the time, as zombies can’t swim. Quickly they realize that they need a more permanent solution to their safety. The trek to find a more secure and sustainable camp begins. They soon learn of a fortress called Asylum (made me think of Woodbury) and feel the need to be there.
This is a fast, hilarious, and bloody romp through the zombie filled wasteland that will leave you wanting more. Festa has this insane ability to write as if she is telling this story to her best friend. Adding all of the witty snarkyness you can handle. If you want to have fun amidst the zombie apocalypse, look no further.
I read some reviews of this and the first book and it seems that some people have an issue with the staring role that Daphene, the dog, plays. Well, let me tell you, if you are as in love with your companion animal as Festa and her pooch or Me and my African Grey Parrot. You will know that everything really revolves around them. So I found this aspect sweet and touching opposed to annoying.
Also yes, there is a lot of potty talk. Not cursing, but bathroom breaks. More than I have ever heard. Not a problem here either, as I am very particular about where I choose to relieve myself and have already started to double think my choices today. I think the reason that so much crap happens to this group on their stops is just that, they stopped to allow the shambling dead a chance to catch up to them.
Sarah Tancer delivers a crisp clear and concise snark filled performance that I think is almost what Festa would sound like if she herself was doing the narration. This is something that, I think, authors strive to get when picking a narrator.
However, I found the snark to be a bit over the top and infused in just about every sentence. Making me wish that some of the characters at least sounded concerned about something other than the punchline. Because of this my mind drifted from time to time.
All that being said I will be looking for more from Tancer as I see big things in her future.
Audiobook provided for review by the author.
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The author did a great job continuing the story of the Rossi family.
I wasn't expecting to loose some of the characters (hope that isn't a spoiler!), but that's good. I enjoy a little shock.
There was enough action to keep me happy and enough drama to keep the story going.
I love the story, but I will be honest, Emma can be a little judgmental and moody. I probably would have taken her out right after I tossed her little dog to the zombies! :)
In all seriousness, I think the story is great and I can't wait to see where it's heading.
"Solid follow up."
I like this series a lot. I will say I am a little confused about the break points in these books. It almost seems like there was a missing book that was divided between these two. A good deal happens. I find Emma to be a little annoying in her righteous indignation, but I know a lot of people like her so its not overwhelming. The story seemed to end a bit soon, but that does keep me wishing for the next book. I do enjoy these books and consider them something most fans of the genre (especially women) will like.
"EVEN BETTER THAN THE 1ST!!"
The story, narration...all of it!!!
I like all of these characters, but I love Emma and Daphne the dog the best!!!
I likes many, but I think the hot tub water slide scene and when Daphne almost gets eaten by Zombies was my fave...Also when they come across Lydia and Peter and how Emma cared for Lydia...Tears!!!
Oh yes...Lydia, Dom...I cried a bunch in this book!!! lol
This is a great start to a series that I will continue, and tell others about! I love how this is told from a woman's POV...and that Emma is the Perfect mix of strong and vulnerable, It makes her very realistic to me, and I appreciate that.
In this one our Rossi clan starts out all together back on the House Boat, but as always in the zompocalypse you are never safe! They end up on the run again with Daphne the dog in tow, liberate a SUV from a dealership, and again begin looking for a safe place and other survivors. They find a house to relax for the night and hear a broadcast about a place known as Asylum...they make plans to go there. On the way there they get a flat tire and have no spare, so on foot once again they make a run for it...almost get eaten and have to hide in a laundry-mat.....they get rescued...and from there things go a little downhill...they do make it to Asylum...but things are never what they seem and I don't think the are going to like it here...Emma and Jake are pretty much on the rocks...they have lost so much and this place, even though it is mostly safe, and there is plenty of food and water...it is bad news...there are some mysterious and potentially deadly things going on...when anyone tells you don't go in the basement...you KNOW it is not a good place! BUT...Once again Daphne the dog makes it...and I am happy about that!
SUPER SOLID SECOND BOOK!! LOVED IT!! I RECOMMEND!!
Shan a Festa picks up right where she left us in the first book. She gets the characters, detail, the storyline, and the development of the story all in book one and in book two she builds on all that, all the while adding more characters, details, and danger. I love the character Emma. She's funny, and adds humor to the stories. Festa keeps the reader/listener immersed from start to finish. The first story I was so aggravated by Emma's dog Daphne but I'm thrilled that she toned her down in the second story.
The narrator Sarah Tancer did a wonderful job with her narration of this story. She brought this story to life and made you feel as if you're seeing everything as it takes place. Her take on the characters voices/accents was distinguished enough and so well that I had no trouble of knowing who was speaking throughout this story. I must say if you love audiobooks then don't pass the two stories by Shana Festa on Audible. I promise you'll love her take on zombies. Overall, a perfect 5 🌟 rating. I received this audio in exchange for an unbiased review.
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