Review: First Days by Rhiannon Frater

October 1, 2013 Lindsay's reviews, Review, zombies 0

Review: First Days by Rhiannon FraterThe First Days by Rhiannon Frater
Series: As The World Dies #1
Published by Tor on July 5th 2011
Genres: Dystopian, Horror
Source: Library
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Katie is driving to work one beautiful day when a dead man jumps into her car and tries to eat her.  That same morning, Jenni opens a bedroom door to find her husband devouring their toddler son.

Fate puts Jenni and Katie—total strangers—together in a pickup, fleeing the suddenly zombie-filled streets of the Texas city in which they live. Before the sun has set, they have become more than just friends and allies—they are bonded as tightly as any two people who have been to war together.

During their cross-Texas odyssey to find and rescue Jenni’s oldest son, Jenni discovers the joy of watching a zombie’s head explode when she shoots its brains out. Katie learns that she’s a terrific tactician—and a pretty good shot.

A chance encounter puts them on the road to an isolated, fortified town, besieged by zombies, where fewer than one hundred people cling to the shreds of civilization.

It looks like the end of the world. But Katie and Jenni and many others will do whatever they have to to stay alive. Run, fight, pick each other up when they stumble, fall in love…anything is possible at the end of the world.

So it’s October. Do you know what that means? That right people! It’s FRATERFEST! While I’m not participating in the strictest sense, I am going to be reading as many Frater books as I humanly can in the month of October. And, believe it or not, I still haven’t read As The World Dies. *GASP!* I know!! What the hell has taken me so long?!

Now, as pathetic as it is that I haven’t read these Frater essentials, I have read a lot of her later work, and I am amazed at how much she has grown as a writer since the years that she published this series. I’m wondering if I will notice a difference between books 1 & 3, and the Untold Tales. After finishing the first book, I can’t wait to dig into the second one!

K, so my rating. I LOVED this book! I couldn’t rightfully give it a full five stars because if I rated this five stars, some of her other books would be off the charts! (and for some reason, we’re limited to five. How is that fair?) If you are one of those rare people who haven’t read it either, then you need to get your sh*t together and go read it! It is a zombie book that rivals even Robert Kirkman’s TWD. We have blood, gore, love and trust issues; everything a girl could ask for! I love knowing that even the main characters aren’t safe from being eaten. As a reader, it’s hard to keep me on my toes, but Frater manages it with ease!

It is so refreshing to have not just one, but TWO outstandingly strong female leads. I hate reading a book where the woman needs a man to support and protect her, and I loved that there wasn’t a single woman in this book that is portrayed as weak. Some arguments could be made against this claim, but they all show a strength that I’m sure I would be lacking in the face of a zombie horde. Jenni and Katie did full 360 character flips throughout this book (or is that 180… wouldn’t 360 degrees bring them back to where they started?) Anyways, my point is that they grow into entirely different women; the kind that I would follow in the case of the zombocalypse. As mismatched as they are, the compliment each other’s weaknesses to a T, and their friendship is as heartwarming as it is complicated.

Do I really need to tell you that I’ll be continuing with the series? I think that’s a given. Bring on the zombies!!




About Rhiannon Frater

Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of over a dozen books, including the As the World Dies zombie trilogy (Tor), as well as independent works such as The Last Bastion of the Living (declared the #1 Zombie Release of 2012 by Explorations Fantasy Blog and the #1 Zombie Novel of the Decade by B&N Book Blog), and other horror novels.

Her latest releases are In Darkness We Must Abide (self-published) The Mesmerized (Permuted Pres), and Dead Spots (Tor).

She was born and raised a Texan and presently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and furry children (a.k.a pets). She loves scary movies, sci-fi and horror shows, playing video games, cooking, dyeing her hair weird colors, and shopping for Betsey Johnson purses and shoes.

Contact her at rhiannonfrater at

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One woman stuck in a house full of boys, I immerse myself in books and save my sanity by reading, writing and blogging. I'll read just about anything, from any genre, and LOVE supporting Indie authors. <3
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