Life for Kansas was perfect until the day the world changed.
She has been hiding out for four years in solitude. It’s the only way to survive. The only way not to draw the living dead. Helping a small group of people, she learns the new world might not be what she assumes. Venturing out of her refuge and comfort zone, she meets Rudy, who helps her find a greater purpose. She realizes that the world has moved on without her. Only it’s not what she expects. Her knowledge of the living dead grows and only makes her more curious as humanity continues to hang on by a thread. While on her search for answers she finds comfort in new friendships and love, but her past seems as if it will haunt her forever.
Kansas takes it upon herself to help other survivors, which would be easy if the famished were the only obstacles.
In a trilogy plot thick with twists and turns, this adult dark fantasy is emotional as much as it is horrifyingly gripping.
*Not intended for a young audience. Mature content.*
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.
“Real men carry various weapons in weird places.”
I heard someone complain the other day that they hated Michonne, from the Walking Dead, and they hated all characters in books who were like her. What did he mean, “like her”? Strong? Capable? Who didn’t need him to survive? This really got under my skin because I have NEVER heard a single woman complain about her. I may be sexist in saying this, but it’s just an opinion, so suck it up. In this opinion of mine, I believe that women everywhere can only benefit from strong female protagonists who kick some serious ass, who don’t take any guff from bossy men, and who can handle a weapon in order to protect themselves from zombies… among other things. Kansas City Sunshine Moore (Kan) is everything that I think women need from their heroine. She is someone I can look up to, can aspire to be more like. I love her and I want to be her when I grow up.
I let my mind go blank and don’t think about living people versus the dead as it should be, but nothing is black and white. It’s very gray and very ashen. It’s us versus them.
I have so far read Taking on the Dead, Controlling the Dead, and when that wasn’t enough, I also read Bailing out on the Dead. By the end of the week, I will more than likely succumb to Blackballing the Dead! Then I will have to settle for harassing Annie into writing faster. The whole series has been pretty epic, with a perfect balance of strong women and kick ass men, topped off with a plethora of victims! What else could I ask for?!
I feel these zombies. I never noticed it before, but it’s there. On the brink of my mind and pulsating beneath my skin…their presence is in my bones.
The books are not the same, though they all have Annie’s solid writing skillz. The first is fast paced, in your face, zombie killing action, while the second is more political and sneaky, and chock full of cast building and character development. Bailing was told from Rudy’s POV and I loved how Annie’s writing adapted to the change in character. All in all, Annie has proven to be a versatile author, promising a strong finish to the trilogy. I can easily say that this series is a must-read for all zombie fans!
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