I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: The Famished Trilogy
Published by Self Published on Oct 27, 2013
Genres: Adult, Horror, Post-Apocalyptic
Source: the author
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With the help of her new companions, the path Kansas follows leads to more knowledge of the ever adapting famished.
The team finds help in unlikely places, meeting more survivors, and discovers the possibility of a new beginning.
When the team experiences a devastating loss, Kansas struggles to keep her humanity from fading and distorting like that of the surviving society around her. It begins with knowing who to trust and who to leave behind. First, she must trust herself – she won't make the same mistakes twice.
As the answers to her questions are revealed, Kansas begins to understand the knowledge comes with a heavy price and great responsibility of controlling the dead.
In a trilogy plot thick with twists and turns, this adult dark fantasy is as emotional as it is horrifyingly gripping.
YAY today I got to host Annie on the blog. Annie and I spent sometime hanging out this summer at UtopYa and bonded. So it’s always nice to have her here!!
WooHOO!! I’m excited to be at my home away from home on Contagious Reads. Love you gals, fierce!
CR: There are some really emotional moments in Controlling the Dead. The whole book seems like an emotional roller coaster? How did this effect your writing? I know you wrote the original a few years ago. Were you dreading coming back to some parts? Excited to polish others?
There are some really emotional moments, and I felt every one of them while writing. If these emotions come through to the reader, I’ve done my job as an author. There were some parts I dreaded coming back to, and those were saved for last. Really they were… at one point when writing the original, I cried for days and had to step back from writing it so my feelings didn’t mix with Kan’s.
The first quarter of Controlling the Dead, Kan deals with a lot of emotional falling out from Taking on the Dead. I deal with a very touchy subject, and I wanted Kan’s reaction to be real… I really had to put myself in her situation. On top of everything that happened to her personally, she deals with guilt because of what she thinks happened to everyone else… it made for some interesting days, for sure. But I loved every minute of it. =)
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My thoughts on Controlling the Dead:
I loved it. So much has improved not the least of which is Annie’s writing. Her voice as a writer is still the but louder and clearer. Kan’s emotional turmoil jumps off the page at the reader. The book is literally a page turner filled with ups and downs. There was one scene in particular that killed me. It KILLED me. I have to give kudos to Annie for not spilling it to me months in advance. Even though that was the emotional sucker punch for me, there were some really happy times too.
Overall Controlling the Dead was a great continuation of the story. We learn A LOT in this book, but there is still so much left unsaid.