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Twenty years ago, a deadly virus swept the globe, ravaging the population. People died and came back as monsters, and through the tragedy that rocked the world, survivors were born. Megan James is the product of survivors. Her parents crossed hundreds of miles of dangerous countryside to reach Atlanta and the promise of a real future.

Now, two decades later, Meg is facing a crisis of her own. Her father has vanished and is presumed dead, and her mom is teetering on the edge of insanity, but all Meg really wants is to return to the safe world she always thought she was living in. Only Atlanta isn't everything her parents thought it would be. The slums have grown and corruption is rampant, and despite the promise of democracy, the new government has been slow to change. Through it all, the only consistency seems to be the zombies. Decayed and barely more than skeletons, there is no reason they should still be moving. But they are.

Facing the harsh world alone, Meg gets a job in the entertainment district of Atlanta where she meets convict fighter Donaghy. Angry at the world and his circumstances, all the fighter really wants is to be left alone. But when he gets swept up in Meg's problems, he finds it impossible to turn his back on her.

When a mysterious note resurrects old rumors about what the CDC is really doing, Meg can’t help wondering if her father might have met the same fate that her uncle did 20 years earlier. With the help of Donaghy, she will search for the truth among the darkness that has settled over Atlanta, where they'll soon discover that the mutated virus has brought forth creatures nobody could have imagined, and the evil intentions of the men in charge are much more sinister than anyone ever thought possible, making the future look harsher than ever before.

©2016 Kate L. Mary (P)2018 Kate L. Mary

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Post-apocalyptic Zombie Goodness!

I received this book via a promo code and this is my voluntary review.

Okay, so I found this series after having devoured the Oklahoma Wastelands series (Which based on the time period I'm guessing is set a few years prior to this story happening) I know this series is an off-shoot of the broken world series and this story centres around Meg, the adoptive daughter of Axl and Vivian from that story, but I haven't followed it yet, just jumped right in with Regan and Kellan's series first.

Anyhoo.... where to start? Regans group runs into trouble with a CDC hunter looking for those immune to the zombie virus but we never got to see what happened in New Atlanta hence the reason I loved this book so much, we are following the neice of the holy Angus James, the first known immune human to the zombie virus, he died about 20 years before Meg was born, or so she was told. Her dad's just gone missing and her situation keeps getting more and more desperate as her best friend Jackson pressures her into developing their relationship into something deeper, bringing out sides of his personality that frighten her. To keep a roof over their heads since her Mother is physically present but checked out she takes up a second job in a night club in New Atlanta... here she meets a prisoner of the new government whose forced to battle zombies gladiator style to earn another day of his life. Donaghy saves her from an attack and since then keeps getting embroiled in the mystery surrounding the misfortunes befalling Meg.

Conspiracy theories start not to sound so strange when several attempts are made on her life and Jackson becomes increasingly unhinged (He has his own short Novella Twisted Mind which I seriously reccommend following up on before moving onto Twisted Memories) Romance blossoms, Meg falls for the D... Donaghy and gets help from her new boss Dragon in chasing down the clues to find her father Axl.

This book ends on a cliff hanger but in an awesome way that leaves you eager to hear the rest of the story.

I reccommend getting the boxset or getting all of them at once to avoid missing out on the pace of the story. I devoured this in rapid succession to the entire Oklahoma Wasteland series also narrated by Heather Firth in under 2 days and I'm moving onto Twisted Mind, then Twisted Memories followed by Twisted Fate and I've enjoyed Kate L Marys zombie universe so much I'll be going back to its origins and starting the Broken World Saga from the beginning of Angus James first bite.

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Conspiracies

A community living in fear, a corrupt government, Meg begins to realise that all is not as it seems in her world after her father disappears and she has to shoulder the responsibility for her family. I really liked Meg, and her persistance to uncover the conspiacies and lies. I can't wait to start the next book, this is a series I want to follow!

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Twisted World: A Broken World Novel

Zombie apocalypse
I am a big fan of zombie audible books and o.k Twisted World: A Broken World Novel its a romance type book but I got the audiobook for free and so here's my review, I enjoyed the storyline it's a bit steamy to listen to without your headphones on, but it really does have a gripping story to get into as a fan of zombie genre books fan. The book does end on a cliffhanger but the Twisted world is part of a series set in a post-apocalyptic world and there are many more books wrote by Kate L.Mary in this style to read, if you enjoy zombie books with a little romance sprinkled in .great narration by Heather Firth and writing by Kate, more for the ladies to be honest

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Zombie apocalypse

I really liked this zombie audible book, it was only one woman who read this book, but she gave everything. For the men she changed her voices. I would have preferred a guy talking, but she did a pretty good job by herself too. The story was petty gripping, the only thing that nagged me, was that it has a cliffhanger. Sometimes during the story I had to shudder how the filth and the situations were described, but it is a world with zombies. Def. a yeah from me for this book, it was a bit mysterious, brutal, gory and even love and betrayal.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance free Reader Copy of this.

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Crumbling buildings and broken lives.

Twisted World is this reader's first encounter with books by author Kate L.May,. It is also the first part of a serial continuation of the Broken World novels, and set some twenty years after the conclusion of the last book in that series. It is not necessary to have read any of the earlier books: although some of the older characters are revisited, many of the protagonists are new and they are all now living in New Atlanta, a fortified city protecting the inhabitants from the still pervasive zombies groups outside. How had they survived for two decades? That just one of the mysteries which engages our new characters.

Intended to be a new beginning of hope for the original survivors New Atlanta, and the others like it, has failed to bring the Democratic haven that was promised. In the intervening twenty years, the virus has mutated, and periodic outbursts of flu devastate the population on average every five or so years. Whilst some of the citizens are comfortable, many more live in filth and poverty. Megan James has been one of the lucky ones, protected by her family name, but with the recent death of her adoptive father and her mother's descent into saddened grief, she needs to get work to maintain their apartment. She finds it as a waitress in a bar. Donaghy is not so fortunate. Previously arrested, he tours the settlements with a two guard escort, fighting zombies for the amusement of a paying audience and one of the fight arenas is in the same bar at which Megan gets a job. The story is told from the alternating first person perspective of these two characters. Narration is by Heather Firth, who does a stalwart job performing all characters with distinctive and appropriate voice. However, this was made decidedly more difficult for her given that one of the two story tellers is male. Ms.Fifth does well to give the impression of a more masculine timbre but perhaps a dual male and female narration would have been better employed here.

Although a zombie story, these living dead play only a peripheral background role to the emotional tale of friendship, betrayal, family secrets, loss and love, political shenanigans, deaths and downright evil combined with a romance which is Twisted World. It is a story which holds the reader tight (even if the desire to shake a character briskly and tell them to use their wits sometimes erupts) until the sudden disconcerting ending: to be continued! If course this reader wants to have it all nicely tied up so that means getting book two, Twisted Memories.

I was fortunate in being freely gifted with a complimentary copy of Twisted World, by the rights holder, following my request via Audiobook Boom. Thank you. I did enjoy the book, the characters were growing in personality and a reality which created an empathy for them, even if they did sometimes seem to act totally irrationally - but then, who doesn't, sometimes? And, as previously mentioned, I will be moving on to book two in the series. For those who enjoy dystopian stories, especially those involving zombies, this book is recommended. Reader, beware, however. This story is incomplete, ending on a cliffhanger, and you will want to get book two.

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Exciting and kept me at the edge of my seat

Fast becoming one of my favourite authors this is another powerful read. To be perfectly honest with the cover saying book one I hadn't realised that this is a follow up from a previous series of novels. So in a sense I have started back to front nethertheless it is still an enjoyable standalone novel. I would like to work backwards though and read / listen to the first set and then relisten to this to get a better insight. The book kept me on my toes and interested throughout and I'm eager to find out what happens next. I was given this novel by the author/narrator in exchange for an honest and unbiased review

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Can’t wait to see what happens next!

I was able to listen to this book in audio form. At first glance of the book cover it doesn’t really get my attention, but as I listened to this story, I found it very intriguing and I feel invested in finding out what’s to come in this series. Yes it ends in a cliffy.
The setting and the characters are interesting. the whole dystopian zombie theme was a little different for me but didn’t actually mind it. Meg, Donaghy, Jackson and the other characters in this story left me with a wanting to know what happens to them.
I always knew who the grey man was. Yay me. What happens next to Donaghy? Is Jackson really on the side he’s portrayed to be on or will there be a twist there? Ugh so many questions, can’t wait to listen to book 2.

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Zombies!

This was my first time reading or listening to a story that featured Zombies, and I loved it! It has new adult romance components but they're really only a part of it. The whole book was intriguing and I really enjoyed the world building as well as these characters. Fascinating listen for sure!

I have listened to Heather Firth before and I have really enjoyed her performances; this performance was just as excellent as the others others. What impressed me the most was how different she made herself sound for these characters. I probably wouldn't have known it was her narrating if it didn't say her name in the narrated by line. To me it shows that she has a wide range of voices and we also see it in her voice differentiation for every character. She really captured the overall feel of the story in this performance.

I received a review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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I'm Speechless

Meg has learned to live in a world forever altered by a virus that turned many people into horrible monsters. She has lost many people in life and now she may be losing her mother too. Her mother seems to be losing touch with reality more and more each day. Donaghy is a prisoner. He was arrested for defending his sister by almost killing the person who attacked her. He's accepted his fate as being forced to live his life fighting zombies for other's entertainment until he meets Meg. I have never really been a fan of the Zombie fanatics. I won't go as far as to say I hate it. I don't. It has just never been my thing. I don't see it as something that would really interest me. And yet here I am gushing over this book. Here I am looking to find a way to get the next book! It's amazing. I love it and can't wait to see where it goes from here. There's only one real big issue I had with this story. There was a smoker in the story. How do I know this? Because every time she was in the narration and that she was spoken it was brought up. A lot. In a very negative way. I get that smoking is bad. I get what smoking does to you. I quit smoking. But the very opinionated descriptions of the smoking got very redundant and annoying very quickly. This was over all a very good story. I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. Especially with my stance on Zombie movies and books. It had a very unique twist to it that I enjoyed a lot. I can't wait to read the rest of the series. It's amazing!

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A must read for zombie lovers!

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ZOMBIES! ZOMBIES! ZOMBIES! Oh my goodness did I LOVE this book. Zombie fights. Conspiracies. Twists. Action. Everything about this book had my attention. Right from the beginning I was absolutely absorbed in this altered Atlanta. This world was so believable that it truly made the book that much better. Kate was able to describe the desolate world after the virus killed and brought them back as zombies. The description of the world was exactly as I imagined it would be. There is the added benefit that it takes place in Atlanta, where the CDC (Center for Disease Control) is. Atlanta is practically the new capital of the United States so of course there is going to be political corruption. Meg is in the middle of the political scenario as her family members hold high positions in the city and her best friend, Jackson, is the Regulators son. However, Meg’s Father is missing and her Mother slowly losing her mind, they barely have any credits, so she is forced to find her way in the world. She is thrust into the entertainment world where most of the story takes place. The writing was so well done with a fantastic pace that just kept me wanting more. Kate provided so many twists and turns within this story that I devoured every part of it. And then with that ending, I need book two now!

The story followed Meg and Donaghy. I loved them both. Meg is honestly such a fantastic main character. She is so strong and does whatever she needs to in order to provide a better life for her and her mom while her father is missing. The one thing I like best about Meg is that she never gives in. She could marry Jackson at any point to make her life easier but she knows she doesn’t love him and doesn’t want to just conform. Meg is everything I would want to be if I were faced in a zombie apocalypse. Then there is Donaghy. He is your typical “bad guy” who really has a soft heart and the perfect match for Meg. I’m so glad we were given dual point of views and to get his perspective. He finds himself in Atlanta as apart of a release program from D.C., which has been turned into a huge city prison. In the release program he has to fight zombies nightly for entertainment. After saving Meg, they are instantly connected and immediately their life is intertwined.

Final Thoughts
Overall, Twisted World by Kate L. Mary is an amazing read. I am such a huge zombie fan and this book did not disappoint me in the least bit. It perfectly fit a world that I would imagine after an apocalypse and her descriptions are fantastic. Even when she would describe the zombies, I would cringe because I could easily imagine them right in front of me. The main characters were absolutely fantastic to follow. I love Meg and her strong willed character. Donaghy was the perfect match for her and their relationship was everything I wanted from the story. I highly recommend this book for those who enjoy zombies, political conspiracies, twists, and action.

Audio Review
What an amazing audio this was! Heather Firth narrated the whole audio and did a fantastic job. Each character had their unique voice and I was never left wondering who was talking. I also really enjoyed that she changed her voice when reading through Donaghy’s point of view, really allowing us to get his perspective. There were many great parts of this novel and she just really enhanced them. I will definitely continue this series on audio and I am looking forward to the next book. I highly recommend this audio.